Finger or Toe Injury

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Definition:

  • Injuries to fingers or toes

Types of Finger / Toe Injuries

  • Cuts, Scrapes (skinned knuckles) and Bruises. These are the most common injuries.
  • Jammed Finger or Toe. The end of a straightened finger or thumb receives a blow. Most often, this is from a ball. The energy is absorbed by the joint surface and the injury occurs there. For jammed fingers, always check that the fingertip can be fully straightened.
  • Crushed or Smashed Fingertip or Toe. Most often, this is from a car door or a screen door. The end of the finger may get a few cuts or a blood blister. Sometimes, the nail can be damaged. Broken bones are not common with this kind of injury.
  • Fingernail Injury. If the nailbed is cut, it needs sutures to prevent a deformed fingernail.  This is less important for toenails.
  • Blood Clot under the Nail. Most often caused by a crush injury. This can be from a door crushing the finger. It can also be from a heavy object falling on the nailbed. Many are only mildly painful. Some are severely painful and throbbing.  These need the pressure under the nail released. This can relieve the pain and prevent loss of the fingernail.
  • Fractures or Dislocations.

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