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Symptoms and Signs of Broken Finger Pictures, Symptoms, Home Treatment, and Surgery

Doctor's Notes on Broken Finger Pictures, Symptoms, Home Treatment, and Surgery

A broken finger is a fracture, or break, in any of the bones of the fingers. A broken finger is usually caused by a traumatic injury to the finger or fingers, such as playing sports, workplace injury, falls, or accidents. A broken finger may involve a fracture of a single bone or of multiple bones at the same time.

Symptoms associated with a broken finger include pain that may be severe, redness, and swelling of the involved area. Swelling may also be seen in the hand or in adjacent fingers. Other associated signs and symptoms can include stiffness or inability to move the finger, deformity of the finger, and limited range of motion if the finger is still moveable. With any traumatic injury there may be other associated injuries like cuts, scrapes, bruises, or bleeding.

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Broken Finger Pictures, Symptoms, Home Treatment, and Surgery Symptoms

Broken fingers frequently cause immediate pain after trauma, sometimes due to a deformed finger either at a joint (commonly a dislocation) or as an actual break through the bone as a fracture. If there is no deformity, a sharp pain is felt very specifically at the injury site.

  • A true fracture usually will be painful, but do not be fooled by a finger that has some range of motion as the finger may be able to bend. Depending on their stability, some fractures may hurt more than others.
  • As time goes on, usually within the next 5-10 minutes, swelling and bruising of the finger will occur and the finger will become stiff to move. Swelling is not as specific as pain and may affect the adjacent fingers as well.
  • If the fracture is severe, bruising from released blood may be seen immediately.
  • Finally, if the swelling is excessive, numbness of the finger may occur because the nerves in the fingers are compressed.

Osteoporosis Super-Foods for Strong Bones With Pictures Slideshow

Osteoporosis Super-Foods for Strong Bones With Pictures Slideshow

Nothing beats calcium for your bones. Sure, you can get it from dairy, but it’s also found in lots of vegetables. Why not do both? One great choice: dark leafy greens such as bok choy, Chinese cabbage, kale, collard greens, and turnip greens. One cup of cooked turnip greens has about 200 milligrams of calcium (20% of your daily goal). On top of that, dark greens also have vitamin K, which can reduce your risk for osteoporosis.


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