Finger Fracture

A finger fracture is when one or more bones in the finger break.

HOME CARE

  • Wear the splint, tape, or cast as long as told by your doctor.

  • Keep your fingers in the position your doctor tell you to.

  • Raise (elevate) the injured area above the level of the heart.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between the skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day.

  • Follow up with your doctor.

  • Ask what exercises you can do when the splint comes off.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • The fingernails are white or bluish.

  • You have pain not helped by medicine.

  • You cannot move your fingertips.

  • You lose feeling (numbness) in the injured finger(s).

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.