Finger Fracture

You have a broken (fractured) finger. The finger may need to be straightened if the fracture is poorly aligned. Most of the time finger fractures will heal in 3 to 4 weeks with a simple finger splint. Taping the injured finger to the next finger (buddy taping) can also be used to immobilize the injured finger. If the fracture is unstable, surgery may be needed and fixation pins placed to keep the broken bones properly aligned while healing.

Keep your hand raised (elevated) above your heart as much as possible. Apply ice packs for 20 to 30 minutes every 3 to 4 hours over the next 2 to 3 days. This will help reduce the swelling and pain. Wear your finger splint or buddy tape as long as the finger is still painful or swollen. Pain medicine may be needed for the first few days. Your caregiver may order motion exercises to keep the finger from becoming too stiff. Perform motion exercises as directed.

See your caregiver for follow-up care as recommended.


  • You have increased pain or your finger becomes cold, numb, crooked, or pale.

  • You are not getting better or seem to be getting worse.

  • You have questions or concerns.