Broken finger or Fingertips Causes Diagnosis and Treatment, Symptoms, Recovery

Broken Finger Overview

A broken finger or broken fingertip can be very painful injury that often leaves you struggling to carry out daily activities all the way through the healing process. No matter how a broken finger or fingertip injury occurs, ensuring you are treated as quickly and effectively as possible will speed up you recovery time, allowing you to get back to normal a lot faster.

This comprehensive guide to broken finger and broken fingertip, provides answers to commonly asked questions. It also covers the different types of fractures or breaks that you could sustain in an accident at home, in a road traffic accident, in the workplace or somewhere else and how to tell the difference between the injuries.

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Broken Finger and Fingertips Definition

It is all too easy to break a finger or fingertip more especially if you are a manual worker or someone who uses various hand tools, equipment and machinery in the workplace. A broken finger or fingertip can put you out of action for a few weeks with a more serious fracture taking up to 8 weeks to heal and for affected bones to mend correctly.

Broken finger

Broken finger

A broken finger or fingertip can often be confused with a serious sprain or dislocation more especially if the injury is “closed” which is why it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. X-rays of an affected finger would not only determine if you have sustained a broken finger or broken fingertip, but it would establish the extent of the damage that’s been done.

Physio is an important part of a broken finger or broken fingertip recovery time and you may qualify for free private physiotherapy aftercare which would go a long way in speeding up your recovery. To find out if you would be entitled to free physio in your area, please call us today.

What Are the Common Causes of a Broken Finger or Fingertips?

Fingers are most at risk of being injured when compared to other parts of your body simply because your hands and fingers are among the most used parts of the body. You can injure a finger or finger tip in many different ways which includes when you carry out the following:

  • Work with a tool like a saw or hammer
  • Your finger is more at risk of being broken when it comes into contact with a fast moving object and this includes sporting equipment like a cricket ball
  • You may slam your hand in a car door which result in a broken finger or fingertip
  • You may break your fingers when you extend your hand to break a fall should slip and trip over

These are just some of the ways that you may sustain a broken finger or broken fingertip and if you suspect that you have, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible to get a correct diagnosis and prompt treatment of your injury.

Are There Different Types of Broken Fingers and Broken Fingertips?

There are many different ways you may sustain a broken finger or broken fingertip and there are specific signs to watch out for when you suffer this type of injury to your hand. Seeing a doctor or other medical professional is essential because your injury will be correctly diagnosed before you are given the necessary treatment and care to get you back on the road to recovery. All too often it’s difficult to tell the difference between a broken finger and a sprain  because the symptoms are so similar.

The most common finger or fingertip fracture affects your ‘distal phalanx”, which is a minor injury that requires minimal medical attention. However, there is often a lot of swelling and bruising involved. More severe broken fingers or fingertips involve complex and often multiple fractures. X-rays of the injury determine the extent of the damage and whether the break is minor or a lot more severe.

Research has established that where broken fingers and broken fingertips are concerned, a doctor or other medical professional would ask the following to determine the severity of your injury:

  • How did the injury occur?
  • Has your skin been negatively impacted by the injury?
  • Are the ligaments and tendons damaged?
  • Have the broken bone ends been driven into each other?
  • Have you sustained an open fracture to your finger or fingertips?
  • Is the fractured “closed”?
  • Is the bone “stable”?
  • Is the bone “displaced”?
  • Has the bone been broken in several places?

To find out whether you could be entitled to a free medical broken finger report and whether you would qualify for free medical treatment and aftercare which includes free broken finger physiotherapy, please get in touch with us today.

Who is Most at Risk of Suffering a Broken Finger or Fingertip?

If you are unfortunate enough to have weak bones, whether it is because of your age or because you suffer from a calcium deficiency, you are more at risk of suffering a broken finger or broken fingertip. If your job entails working with your hands whether you are a manual labourer or an athlete, you are again more at risk of suffering a broken finger or broken fingertip. If you take part in the following sports, you are also more at risk of sustaining this type of injury:

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Volleyball
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Hockey
  • Boxing
  • Skiing
  • Wrestling
  • Snowboarding

If you are involved in a road traffic accident or another sort of high-impact incident, you are also at risk of sustaining broken fingers or broken fingertips.

To find out if you would qualify for an independent free medical orthopaedic report as well as free medical broken finger treatment and free physiotherapy following an accident that left you with a broken finger or fingertip, please get in touch with us today. It takes a few moments to find out if you could receive free treatment in your area.

What are the Symptoms of a Broken Finger or Broken Fingertip?

If you break a finger or fingertip, there are specific symptoms associated with this type of injury which are detailed below:

  • Your finger or fingertip becomes swollen, bruised and painful
  • You have difficulty moving an affected finger and it becomes stiff
  • Your finger or fingertip may point in a strange direction, indicating a possible break or fracture
  • The affected finger is numb and without feeling
  • The bone may be poking out through the skin or you can see the bone

It is essential that you seek medical attention as soon as possible because it can be challenging when it comes to establishing whether you have a broken finger, a broken fingertip or simply a severe sprain or dislocation.

If you would like to know if you are entitled to receive free medical treatment for a broken finger or fingertip, please get in touch today.

What Should I Do if I Have a Broken Finger or Fingertip?

If you believe you have a broken finger or broken fingertip, there are specific things you must do straight away before you seek medical help. These are as follows:

  • You should avoid moving a broken finger or broken fingertip
  • Bandage the injured finger to the one next to it or using something rigid like a pen which you should tape to the suspected broken digit but only if you feel confident enough to do so
  • You should hold your injured hand as high as possible and this should ideally be above the level of your heart which helps reduce any swelling
  • Ice wrapped in a towel should be gently applied to a suspected broken finger or broken fingertip which helps reduce pain and swelling

If you have sustained an open fracture to a finger or fingertip, keeping the wound clean is essential by doing the following:

  • You should cover your injury using a sterile dressing before securing it with a clean bandage
  • Applying pressure around the wounded area, it helps control bleeding

Seeking medical attention as soon as possible is essential because it reduces the risk of sustaining further damage to a broken finger or broken fingertip.

To find out how we can help arrange free medical treatment and free broken finger physiotherapy in your area, please contact us today.

When and Where Do I Get Medical Help for a Broken Finger or Fingertip?

If you suspect you have a broken finger or broken fingertip, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible by going to your local A&E. You could also call the NHS 111 number for information and advice on where to go to be treated for a suspected broken finger or fingertip.

Having your injury correctly diagnosed and treated is essential and the sooner this is done the better. To find out more about free orthopaedic broken finger aftercare and whether you would qualify for any other treatments, please get in touch with us today.

What are the Treatments for a Broken Finger or Broken Fingertip?

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Broken finger treatment

Once it has been established that you have a broken finger or broken fingertip, you may need the following treatments to put things right:

Broken/fractured finger or fingertip

  • A doctor may have to put the bone back into place in which case you would need to be given a local anaesthetic
  • A splint or cast may be used to hold the bone in place during the healing process. As an alternative, a doctor may decide to strap an injured finger to the one next to it instead

Open fractures

  • If you suffered an open fracture to your finger or fingertip, the doctor or nurse would ensure the wound is cleaned before attending to the fracture. In many cases, a doctor would recommend you have a tetanus injection and that you go on a course of antibiotics to reduce the risk of an infection taking hold
  • You may have to undergo surgery if the fracture is severe and it is found that a lot of damage has been done to nerves, tendons and other tissue in the surrounding area. The doctor may decide to use wires, plates and screws if the fracture needs stabilising

To find out whether you would qualify for free orthopaedic care for a broken finger or broken fingertip in your area, please call us today.  We can tell you within minutes whether you qualify.

How Much Time Does it Take For a Broken Finger or Fingertip to Heal?

The broken finger or fingertip recovery time depends on the severity and complexity of the injury and the quality of treatment received. In most cases, a simple fracture will heal within eight weeks but it may take a lot longer for full strength to return and the bone may be permanently weakened at the site of the break.

Receiving a correct diagnosis and prompt treatment would ensure your broken finger or broken fingertips mend that much faster. Physiotherapy and adequate rest time will also help to speed up your recovery time. To find out whether you would qualify for free private medical care and free physiotherapy for a broken finger in your area, please contact us today.

What Aftercare Do I Need for a Broken Finger or Broken Fingertip?

The aftercare for a broken finger or broken fingertip is important because even if your injury is minor, it could take anything from 2 to 8 weeks for it to heal correctly. On top of this, it could take several months before you regain full strength in the affected finger. As such, you should do the following during the healing process:

  • Avoid using the injured hand and to keep the cast/splint clean and in place
  • Over-the-counter pain killers work well when it comes to pain control
  • Keep your hand above the level of your heart which helps prevent further swelling
  • Rest you hand on a cushion when sleeping or sitting down
  • To keep swelling to a minimum, place a bag of frozen peas in a clean tea towel and hold it against the injured finger for ten minutes several times a day being careful not to get your cast wet

Once the bone is mended, a doctor or nurse would remove the splint or cast which would typically be in 2 to 3 weeks of having it placed on a broken finger or fingertip. You should then keep moving your finger as much as possible to prevent stiffness from setting in. You should do gentle exercises which goes a long way in speeding up recovery.

To find out whether you may qualify for free physiotherapy for a broken finger or broken fingertip, please get in touch with us today.

Can I Leave My Broken Finger or Fingertip Untreated?

Failure to get the right treatment for a broken finger or fingertips can lead to future problems. Simple fractures are easy to treat at the time of injury, however, leaving a break untreated could result in complications that are difficult to fix at a later date and which could even be permanent. Untreated broken fingers or fingertips can lead to a range of long-term problems, including muscle or nerve damage, chronic pain or bone deformity an arthritis.

Call us today to find out if you would be entitled to receive free private orthopaedic care and free physiotherapy broken finger aftercare, it only takes a few moments to get an answer.

Would a Broken Finger or fingertip Lead to Arthritis if left Untreated?

Joints are found throughout the human body where two bones meet. Arthritis causes surface damage to joints and because each finger has three joints, it is easy to see why they are often affected by this painful condition at a later date. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two most common types of arthritis affecting finger joints.

Luckily, these conditions tend to be more of an annoyance than a serious concern when  fingers are affected. Treatment is usually simple and non-invasive. However, if broken fingers and broken fingertips are not treated quickly and correctly, you are more likely to suffer from arthritis in an affected finger as you age. This is why it’s important to seek a correct diagnosis followed by appropriate medical treatment as fast as you can following a minor or more severe finger injury.

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Was My Broken Finger Correctly Diagnosed?

Doctors and nurses are extremely overworked, especially in A&E and it is all too easy for a wrong diagnosis to be made followed by an incorrect treatment of a broken finger or fingertip. If you feel that your injury was not diagnosed and treated correctly, you should get in touch with us today. We would check to see if you would be entitled to a free independent medical report and whether you qualify for free medical treatment and physiotherapy care in your area.

It takes a few moments for a response so that your mind in put at ease when it comes to receiving the correct treatment for a broken finger or fingertip.

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Would I Qualify for Free Medical Treatment for a Broken Finger?

Not many people realise that they may be entitled to free local treatment for a suspected broken finger or broken fingertip having suffered this type of injury whether the accident occurred in the home, at work, in a public place or road traffic accident that left them injured. Accessing free treatment for a broken finger or broken fingertip could speed up your recovery time.

To find out whether you qualify for a free medical report on your broken finger or fingertip injury and whether you could receive free physiotherapy aftercare, please get in touch today.

Can I Recover From a Broken Finger Faster and is it Safe?

Free private treatment for broken fingers and broken fingertips is available throughout the UK and depending on where you live, you may qualify for things like physiotherapy or specialist orthopaedic services along with the provision of high-quality, custom-made medical equipment like a splint or a broken finger and broken fingertip protector.

You may also be entitled to a free orthopaedic broken finger report to assess whether your injury was correctly diagnosed and treated. A broken finger or broken fingertip child injury should be monitored carefully and treated with special attention. The reason being that when young bones are not correctly set in childhood could lead to complications or deformity in later life. Private medical treatment will ensure that you recover as quickly and fully as possible, with minimal pain and disruption to everyday life.

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Contact us today to find out whether you qualify for free medical care for a broken finger or broken fingertip in your area. One of our experts can tell in you a matter of minutes whether you would be entitled to receive free physiotherapy for a broken finger or fingertip and whether you could receive a free splint or hand support to speed up your recovery time.

Helpful Links to Sites Offering More Information About Broken Finger Injuries

To find out more about how to care for a broken finger, please visit the site below:

NHS advice for a broken finger or fingertip

If you would like to know more about how physiotherapy can help speed up your recovery following a broken finger or fingertip injury, please follow the link below:

Speed up recovery with physiotherapy for a broken finger