health conditions


Question by  rrazorbakk (62)

How can I tell if I broke my finger?

It is in a lot of pain and is swollen.


Answer by  lmac (355)

Your severe pain and swelling are tell-tale signs of a break. However, there's no sure way to tell if a finger is broken, aside from an x-ray. But, even if it's not broken, you should seek medical attention. There are many other structures that could have been damaged besides the bone.


Answer by  jpp (84)

Signs of a broken finger or finger fracture includes: pain, swelling of the finger, difficulty moving the finger or finger deformity. This can be confirmed by obtaining an X-ray to determine if indeed there is a fracture.


Answer by  cindy (1484)

The only definitive way to tell if your finger is broken is to go to your doctor or the emergency room. The first thing they will do there is to take an x-ray of your picture. If the finger is fractured, ie broken, it will be evident on the image.


Answer by  bubbyboy (9929)

If the finger is at an odd angle and you can't move it, it's probably broken. It would be painful and you should see your doctor to have it set and maybe get some pain medication.


Answer by  mb (5482)

If it is in a lot of pain and swollen is it likely swollen or partially dislocated (a subluxation). If you also have lost range of motion (ability to move it) its probably broken. Get an x-ray.


Answer by  patti (29325)

It is difficult to tell if a finger is actually broken. The bones are very small and while they may become completely separated on occasion, the fracture isn't compound (where the bone protrudes the skin). Broken fingers are usually treated by taping them to the next finger for stabilization. A x-ray is the only way to confirm a fracture.


Answer by  soumyaanoop (10)

I smashed my middle finger in a doorway earlier this morning. ... Go to the doctor and they will tell you if you broke it. If you can't move it.Finger injuries are common and range from minor cuts and scrapes to wounds with major damage to bone, tendons, and ligaments.


Answer by  Darry (3853)

The best method is having an x-ray, otherwise, check the range of movement of the finger and apply ice. If it can move and the swelling goes down, no worries.


Answer by  arthi (336)

you are either fractured or it could be ligament tear. Go for a x ray which will give exact picture

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