Finger Tip Fracture(s) – Advice Sheet: Adults

Patient Experience

  • Reference Number: HEY-479A/2020
  • Departments: Orthopaedics
  • Last Updated: 18 May 2020

This advice sheet has been produced to give you information about a closed finger tip fracture(s) with or without black finger nail.  It is not meant to replace discussion between you and your doctor.  If after reading it, you require further explanation please discuss this with the relevant person who has been caring for you.

Closed Finger Tip Fracture(s) with or without Black Finger Nail

You have had the above injury and it will take several weeks to settle.

You must keep bending and extending your fingers all the time to avoid stiffness.

To prevent throbbing you should avoid hanging your arm down, try to keep it elevated particularly in bed and do rest it on a pillow.

You should avoid any contact sport i.e. football, rugby, hockey, netball etc. for a further 6 weeks.  Care should also be taken if riding bikes etc.

The long-term implication of the injury will have been explained to you but if you have any queries please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff.

Following your appointment today, the doctor has discharged you from clinic.  This means you will not have another appointment to see us.

If you have any problems or further queries relating to this injury, please contact us during clinic hours 9.00am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Should you require further advice on the issues contained in this sheet, please do not hesitate to contact the clinic on telephone: (01482) 674378

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