The Hand Center welcomes Jill Putnam, MD to the practice! Dr. Putnam will start September 1st.

Common Fingertip Injuries and What to Do About Them

Though our fingers are instrumental in so many of our daily tasks, we don’t often think about them unless something goes wrong. Maybe you smashed your finger in a car door, cut off the tip while slicing vegetables, or lost a portion while you were clearing grass from your mower, and you’re suddenly facing a decision about what to do. 

At The Hand Center in Glastonbury, Hartford, Tolland, and Bloomfield, Connecticut, our highly trained team of orthopedic surgeons offer skilled and comprehensive care for a variety of conditions that impact your hands. Because your fingers are exposed and used constantly, fingertip injuries are quite common. 

Our team of hand surgeons address a few frequently asked questions about this specific injury and what to do about them. 

How do fingertip injuries occur?

Fingertip injuries almost always happen by accident. Some of the most common problems arise when they are: 

Fingers are also easy to burn since you use your hands to cook and move hot pans from the stove and out of the oven.

What part of the finger constitutes a fingertip injury?

At The Hand Center, we consider any of the following components part of a fingertip injury:

In addition, you have extensive nerve endings on the underside of your fingers, which allows for ultra-enhanced sensation and also puts you at risk for nerve damage.

What should I do when I hurt my finger?

While a family member or friend places a call to our office to inform us of your injury, take the following steps:

If a portion of your finger has been completely severed, place it in a moist towel, seal it in a baggie, and place it on ice until you get medical care.

What are the treatment options?

Our team works quickly to evaluate your injury and tailor a plan to treat your finger. We’ll ask you about your medical history, if you have allergies, which is your dominant hand, and exactly how the accident happened. Your treatment depends on whether you have damaged tissue, lost a portion of your finger, or if you have exposed bone. 

Our skilled care team cleans your wound to remove debris and bacteria, takes an X-ray, tests your ability to move or bend your finger, and dresses your wound. 

Some of the treatment options your doctor may perform are: 

Even after successful treatment, it’s possible that you will continue to feel pain, and your finger may be sensitive to hot and cold or feel numb. This is normal and should improve gradually over the course of several months. While you’re healing, we recommend physical therapy to help you regain function and feeling.

To schedule an appointment with a dedicated hand specialist, call the office closest to you or request an appointment online.

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