Fractured ring finger... not sure what this is and a bit worried
A week and half ago I was catching a ball and it hit the tip of my ring and little finger on the left hand. My ring finger hurt quite badly, swelling, bruising, pins n needles. I went to the ER, xrays taken. They suspected a crack of the joint above the knuckle. Suspected area is the top and towards the inside of my ring finger (inside area facing the middle finger) They placed a metal type splint on the finger and said follow up with the family doctor.
I saw him today, he didn't examine the finger or didn't ask me to remove the splint. I didn't have a chance to tell him where it hurt the most. Suggested I buddy tape the fingers, not use the splint, and use one of those tiny exercise balls you squeeze to exercise my finger. I haven't done the exercise because I wasn't sure to do this with a fracture possibly not healed?
While at home I was looking at my finger. I took the splint off temporarily to look at it but was careful. I noticed a slight bulging, roundness on the joint above the knuckle, on the inside, facing the middle finger. It's not huge when looking at it but noticeable. But if I trace my finger along the inner part I can feel defintely feel hard bump or more roundness. Maybe bone I was feeling? I felt my good finger on my right hand in the exact same area and it is nowhere near as large, round feeling compared to my injured finger. I know fingers have a natural sort of roundness by these joints but this injured finger is definitely larger, bulging, roundness in this area when I feel it. Could this be a bone jutting out or something to do with the fracture? It is quite painful in that area.
Should I be seeing an orthopedic for a finger fracture?
Last edited by seafish; 09-01-2009 at 06:14 PM.