Finger Fractures

Erin Nance, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Nance MD Hand Surgery

Erin Nance, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Hand and Upper Extremity Specialist located in Midtown East, New York, NY

Finger fractures may seem like a minor injury, but they can make it difficult to do simple day-to-day tasks, such as writing or grabbing small things. At Nance MD Hand Surgery in Midtown East, New York, Dr. Erin Nance offers accurate diagnoses of fractures and treatments, including splinting and surgery. Dr. Nance offers flexible scheduling and personalized care to ensure your fracture heals properly. Schedule an appointment online or by calling the office.

Finger Fractures Q & A

What causes finger fractures?

Within your hand, you have 27 bones, 14 of which make up your fingers. When you fracture a finger bone, your entire hand can move out of alignment.

Common causes of finger fractures include:

  • Sport injuries
  • Breaking a fall
  • Getting stepped on
  • Hitting a hard object
  • Catching your fingers in a door

These accidental injuries can cause long-term problems in how your hand functions if left untreated.

Bones can fracture in several ways, such as straight across your finger bone, in a spiral shape, or you may shatter your bone into several pieces. It’s important to tell Dr. Nance exactly how you injured your finger so she can create the right treatment plan.

What are the symptoms of a finger fracture?

Common indications of a finger fracture include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Deformity
  • Decrease in movement

Dr. Nance can determine if you need additional testing, such as X-rays, based on your symptoms and level of pain. She may also test your range of motion and ability to move your finger in different directions.

What treatment options are available for a fractured finger?

Dr. Nance can treat finger fractures using both non-surgical and surgical methods.

In non-surgical treatments, Dr. Nance uses a splint to keep your finger straight and prevent additional injury. You may also have your surrounding fingers taped or splinted to provide support to your fractured finger.

Throughout your treatment, which typically lasts three weeks, Dr. Nance may request routine X-rays to monitor the healing progress of your fracture.

If splinting isn’t working, or if you have a major fracture, Dr. Nance may recommend surgery. Surgical treatment can help realign the bones in your finger to ensure proper healing. In the case of severe fractures, you may need to have pins or wires put in place to keep the fractured pieces of bone together.

Following surgery, you may need to perform physical therapy exercises to regain strength and mobility in your finger and prevent swelling.

If you suspect you have a finger fracture, schedule a consultation with Dr. Nance online or by phone as soon as possible to prevent long-term complications.