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Broken Finger


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Comment from: Ruumatsu, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

Symptoms of my broken finger are swelling, change of color around the affected areas (red, blue and purple bruising), range of motion reduced to below 50 percent, and numbness. The pain comes and goes when the area is moved slightly.

Comment from: Ouch, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 18

I tripped over the sidewalk while walking (daily exercise). I had 1 lb. weights strapped to my hands. I fell forward on my hands. Impact broke one finger and small bones in each hand. I knew I needed to go to Urgent Care when I took the weights and gloves off and saw the pinky finger was dislocated. There was immediate swelling and pain was 7/10. Bruising started within a few hours of injury. I went to orthopedic Urgent Care for treatment.

Comment from: raju, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: November 01

I was playing cricket, and when I caught the ball it hit my right hand ring finger directly. The nail got damaged and was bleeding. Someone suggested to me to remove the nail, but I think I will wait for it to come off by itself.

Comment from: novotad, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 01

After falling and spraining two of my fingers, I snapped my middle finger at the end knuckle. Pretty painful at first, but found if I kept it straight, the pain pretty much disappeared. So I went to Walgreens and bought a splint and it feels better now. I have a feeling I cracked it when I fell. I do not think it is dislocated.

Comment from: pj, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 06

I crushed the 4th distal phalanx (tip of ring finger) of my right hand. I unintentionally left it between two solid objects as the space reduced. Upside was finger burst open under nail thereby relieving pressure and allowing me to retrieve something. Downside was an open wound as well as a crushed bone. I stopped the bleeding, treated the wound, splinted the finger, changed the dressing, checked for infection, and repeated for 4 weeks. I hope to save the nail; time will tell.

Comment from: wonda1964, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

They said my finger was broken just below the thumb nail.

Comment from: dumbell, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 02

I broke the tip of my right middle finger at the gym doing incline dumbbell presses. After the set, I brought the dumbbells down quickly to the floor. I didn't see the other dumbbells in the same spot and my finger was crushed perfectly between the two; clean break of the tip. I had horrible pain. Orthopedist said a pin would be needed to hold it in place as it was no longer lined up correctly. The 2 days after the procedure hurt worse than the incident itself. It has been three weeks and I have 3 more weeks to go until I can have the pin removed. Exercise with caution!

Comment from: Nancy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 19

I fell off my bike landing thumb first. It was painful, swollen and the thumbnail became dark. I thought it was throbbing because the blood behind my nail was causing pressure and just needed ice and an anti-inflammatory. Over 3 weeks later and still sore, I finally went to a hand specialist. A quick exam showed that the tip of my thumb was broken and the bone was trying to heal correctly. 6 more weeks and I am still in a splint and swollen. Try not using your writing hand thumb for over 9 weeks. I wish I had gone to my doctor and not waited so long.

Comment from: stacy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 21

My finger was actually going one way and hand was the other when I broke my finger.

Comment from: kayakeriowan, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 02

While driving my Tardis float in a parade and throwing candy out the window, I missed and managed to break the left index finger on the door frame. The break has been splinted (by self) for 3.5 weeks already, still problematic. It is halfway up the metacarpal, and slight nerve impingement is now evident. Reminder: always take the time and trouble to go to a doctor. Self-diagnosis is not a layman's job.

Comment from: GOPAL, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 16

My right hand ring finger was hurt while catching a cricket rubber ball (red). It happened some 15 years back. I had consulted my family doctor and he had suggested a minor operation of the finger. The bone below the nail is visible from both sides of the ring finger.


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Comment from: joerun, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 29

I was tripped by two dogs when I was at 90 percent top speed, I fell and broke 4th and 5th fingers of my right hand. I went to emergency and they put a splint cast on.

Comment from: Meghan, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I fractured the knuckle of my middle finger while playing football. The knuckle was severely bruised and swollen and after a few days the whole finger had bruised.

Comment from: Reyla, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 18

I broke my left ring finger when I was about 4. My uncle said I jammed it, so it was left untreated. I am almost 35 now. I have a knot on the side of my knuckle. My wedding rings are big because it has to go over knuckle. I have thought surgery to correct. I have heard people would never look the same.

Comment from: Jensfire1, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 12

I whacked my hand with a hammer. Symptoms? PAIN.

Comment from: johnny, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 05

My broken finger is the baby finger, and it is blue, green in color. It is swollen and hurts to bend.

Comment from: farmer, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

Was putting a castrating ring on a calf and holding his back leg. While he was standing, he kicked my hand into a gate. It looked like last two fingers flattened. I have lots of bruising and swelling. It has been a week now and my hand is still black.

Comment from: Angel, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

I knew it was broken when that finger was going in the opposite direction it should have been going! Turned out that after X-rays, it was shattered badly. The pain was not as severe as the finger next to it, that finger was NOT broken, but had trauma and a jammed knuckle. That second finger is taking longer to heal and still hurts worse than the broken/shattered one, and it is three months later.

Comment from: cherry picker, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I fell from a ladder about 6-7 feet high and landed on my left hand and wrist. My middle and ring fingers are swollen and difficult to move and my wrist it looks like I have been in a fight.

Comment from: Willy Boy, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 08

I broke , my finger when I accidently smashed window on it!

Comment from: charles, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 31

A metal plate fell on hand and fracture my forefinger.

Comment from: allieandmom, 7-12 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

When I broke my finger, I had numbness, swelling, and sharp pain. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much that could be done about it.

Comment from: ang, Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I think I broke my finger 2 days ago after I fell while carrying a plant. My hand was crushed against a rock wall, and now I have pain, swelling and the (pinky) finger won't bend normally nor straighten, and it is kind of at a wrong angle. It doesn't look nor feel right. I would go get it checked but we have icy roads...

Comment from: 55-64 Female Published: March 30

Shooting pain and immediate bruising with my broken finger and swelling of the knuckle above it. There is a dip in the bone at the reddened site of the blow to the hand.


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