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What are the symptoms associated with finger fracture?
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Dr. Bruce Prager
Sports Medicine
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In brief: Finger fracture
Finger fractures usually will present with localized swelling.
There will also be tenderness at the fracture site. If the fracture is displaced there may be gross deformity of the finger. Some fractures at the distal portion of the finger may be a small avulsion and the presentation is a mallet finger. The distal finger joint will be flexed and the person is unable to straighten it.

In brief: Finger fracture
Finger fractures usually will present with localized swelling.
There will also be tenderness at the fracture site. If the fracture is displaced there may be gross deformity of the finger. Some fractures at the distal portion of the finger may be a small avulsion and the presentation is a mallet finger. The distal finger joint will be flexed and the person is unable to straighten it.
Dr. Bruce Prager
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Dr. Mark Wang
Surgery - Hand Surgery
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In brief: Pain and swelling
Finger fractures are common hand injuries which can present with acute pain and swelling, and, if severe, deformity and bruising (ecchymosis).
Radiological workup, with x ray films dedicated to the hand and finger, is recommended if a fracture is suspected. A diagnosis of a finger fracture should warrant temporary immobolization in a splint and a timely evaluation by a hand doctor.

In brief: Pain and swelling
Finger fractures are common hand injuries which can present with acute pain and swelling, and, if severe, deformity and bruising (ecchymosis).
Radiological workup, with x ray films dedicated to the hand and finger, is recommended if a fracture is suspected. A diagnosis of a finger fracture should warrant temporary immobolization in a splint and a timely evaluation by a hand doctor.
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Dr. Randall Bock
quickest test probably for fracture the finger is what I would call the "piano key" test. Tapping lightly on the bone as you would on a piano key: if that is painful above and beyond what you'd expect, then very likely there is a fracture; on the other hand, not every fracture the finger needs to be treated intensively. Sometimes just a simple splint for what could be a hairline fracture. It's a case-by-case consideration.
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