A finger fracture is a crack or break in one or more of the bones in a finger. The break may be just a bend or small crack in the bone, or the bone may break into pieces or shatter. Some fractures may stick out through the skin.
A broken finger usually happens from:
A fracture may also be the result of a medical condition that causes weak or brittle bones.
Symptoms may include:
Your child’s healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and how the injury happened. Your provider will examine your child. Tests may include:
The treatment depends on the type of fracture.
With treatment, the fracture may take 4 to 6 weeks to heal. Your child may need to do special exercises to help the finger get stronger and more flexible. Ask your healthcare provider about this.
Follow the full course of treatment your healthcare provider prescribes. Also:
Ask your child’s healthcare provider:
Make sure you know when your child should come back for a checkup. Keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.
Most broken fingers are caused by accidents that are not easy to prevent.