The human finger is an important part of our bodies. Fingers help us to grab things, interact with the world around us, play video games, and more. You might not know this, but fingers are one of the most often injured body parts.
There are many different types of finger injury, ranging from simple bruises, to sprains, to jammed fingers, to fractures. In this article, we’ll be talking about broken fingers.
Symptoms of broken pinky fingers
It won’t be a surprise that you have a fractured finger. The moment of trauma, you’ll feel a sharp pain. Your bone might even end up piercing the skin.
If you’re not sure if it’s broken, you might be tempted to bend it. I’ve had a broken pinky before, and I can tell you that when I bent it to see if it was broken, it was one of the worst pains of my life. You may also be tempted to move your pinky around; while movement might be possible, again, it will be painful.
About 5-10 minutes after fracturing your pinky, you’ll notice sudden redness and swelling. This is the body’s natural response to injury. Your finger should stiffen and become hard to move around. You might even find that your knuckle or other parts of your hand begin to swell. Finally, if your pinky finger is badly broken, you may notice a high degree of bruising.
How do you heal a broken finger?
If you suffer a fracture or clean break, you should seek out (1) ice, (2) pain relievers like acetaminophen, and (3) a pinky finger splint. You might not have a well-made splint available the day you break your finger, and that is OK. Instead, you can just put together a temporary splint to wear until you get a good one.
Building your temporary pinky finger splint
There are lots of household items you can use to build your own pinky splint. A few of our favorites are popsicle sticks and chopsticks. Both of these items are disposable, easy to find, and can hold your pinky finger in a straight position. Once you have your popsicle stick or chopstick, find some medical tape if you have it, or even something non-medical like duct tape. You should tape the stick to your finger at the top, middle, and bottom of the finger to immobilize it and keep it in a locked, straight position. This homemade splint should work just fine until you get to the doctor.
Once you get to the doctor, he or she will get you set up with a real pinky splint. There are many great options out there made out of all sorts of materials. Once you find a good quality splint, you’ll wear it until the last stages of your recovery.