Finger Fracture



This injury is caused by trauma from:

  • Falls
  • Blows
  • Collisions
  • Severe twists

Risk Factors

Playing contact sports may raise your chance of this injury.



Symptoms may be:

  • Pain
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Problems moving the finger
  • Changes in the way the finger looks


The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. You will be asked how the injury happened. A physical exam will be done, focusing on your finger.

Images will be taken of your finger. This can be done with x-rays.



How it is treated depends on whether the injury is mild or severe. Options may be:

Initial Care

Initial care may be:

  • Ice to ease pain and swelling
  • Medicine to ease pain
  • A splint, cast, or tape keep the finger in place as it heals
  • Exercises to help with strength and motion

Children's bones have growth plates that let bones grow and harden with age. A child with this type of fracture will need to be checked over time to make sure the bone heals the right way and keeps growing.

Putting Bones Back In Place

Some fractures cause pieces of bone to come apart. These pieces will need to be put back into place. This may be done:

  • Without surgery—anesthesia will be used to ease pain while the doctor moves the pieces back into place
  • With surgery—pins, screws, or a wire may be used to reconnect the pieces and hold them in place


This injury is due to an accident. It cannot be prevented.

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

Edits to original content made by Denver Health.