- Step 1: Try bending the injured finger Try bending the injured finger immediately after the injury. A fractured finger is usually painful, although the pain may be dull.
- Step 2: Look for swelling and difficulty moving it Note whether the hurt finger becomes swollen and red and is difficult to move shortly after the injury. This is a sign that the finger is broken.
- TIP: If the swelling becomes pronounced, numbness may occur due to nerve compression.
- Step 3: Watch for bruising Watch for bruising, which could signify severe fractures or jammed fingers.
- Step 4: Get medical care Go to an urgent care facility or emergency room if you experience these symptoms and are in a lot of pain. The doctor will take an x-ray to evaluate the positions of any sprained or broken finger bones.
- FACT: Fingers are made up of ligaments, tendons, and three bones, called phalanges. There are no muscles in them.
You Will Need
- Awareness of pain
- Awareness of swelling and lack of mobility
- Awareness of bruising
- Urgent care facility or emergency room
- Awareness of numbness (optional)