A hard blow can break a bone in your finger. Broken bones are also known as fractures. Even minor fractures need medical care. Without treatment, they may heal crooked, stiff, or with other problems.

When to Go to the Emergency Room (ER)

You may not always know when you have a fractured finger. Apply ice to the injury right away. Then, seek medical care if:

  • The finger is swollen or very painful.
  • Your injured finger is pale or blue.
  • You are bleeding.
  • A bone protrudes through your skin.

What to Expect in the ER

A doctor will ask about your injury and examine your finger. You may have x-rays. Treatment will depend on the type of fracture you have.

Finger Fracture

A broken finger is likely to be placed in a metal splint. This helps straighten and protect the finger while it heals. You may be given exercises to do as the injury heals, to prevent stiffness in your finger.