Fractures - Wrist, hand and finger injuries

Finger fractures

Finger fractures occur when one or more of the bones in the fingers are partially or totally broken. The fingers are made up of the metacarpal bones and the phalanges; the metacarpal bones connect the wrist to the fingers.

Causes of finger fractures

Common causes of finger fractures include trauma, accidents and awkward movements.

Symptoms of finger fractures

The most obvious sign of a fracture is localised pain around the affected bone, which may radiate to other parts of the hand, especially during movement. Other symptoms may include physical deformation, bruising, numbness and swelling.

Treating a fractured finger

The treatment will usually depend on the gravity of the fracture; partial and simple fractures heal quickly with the aid of rest, immobilisation, ice and medication. In many cases, the finger will be taped and strapped to prevent any further injury and allow it to rest. More severe fractures will usually be immobilised using a splint; if the fracture is very complex, the bones may need to be re-aligned surgically, which may involve using wires and pins.

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