Fingertip Injuries


Fingertip injuries are very common and can include damage to skin, bone, nail, nail bed and tendon. We use our hands for a variety of tasks, and our fingertips are exposed during many activities. Fingertips can get crushed (in a door or with a hammer) or cut (knife, saw or snow blower injuries). Fingertip injuries can often be treated with dressing changes and splints/orthoses for comfort. Sometimes the nail has to be removed to examine and repair the nail bed tissue underneath the nail. Larger wounds with bone exposure may need skin grafts or flaps to cover the wound. Your doctor will carefully examine your fingertip injury to determine the most appropriate treatment.

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