Finger Tip Fracture(s) – Advice Sheet: Children

Patient Experience

  • Reference Number: HEY-479C/2020
  • Departments: Orthopaedics, Paediatrics
  • Last Updated: 19 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 child’s doctor.  If after reading it, you require further explanation please discuss this with the relevant person who has been caring for your child.

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

Your son / daughter has had the above injury and it will take several weeks to settle. Your child must keep bending and extending their fingers all the time to avoid stiffness.

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

Your child 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, scooters or using roller blades 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 child’s appointment today, the doctor has discharged your son or daughter from clinic.  This means they will not have another appointment to see us.

If your child 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) 675181

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