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Finger injuries: More serious than you may think

If you've ever gotten a paper cut, you know how quickly a single injury can impact your life. You instantly realize how often you use your fingers, how often you press down or on things, move and adjust. Fingers are some of the most often-used body parts, and any injury to them is life-changing immediately.

From sprains to fractures to amputations, finger injuries cause an immediate disruption in your life. You may not be able to type, pick up a cup or paint, for example. If not treated appropriately, these injuries could have life-long implications.

How do you treat finger injuries?

While simple fractures and cuts are normally treatable at home, the best thing to do is to go get medical help any time you have an injury to a digit. If they're not treated with care, even a minor fracture could heal improperly, leading to long-term pain or disability. Deformities are possible, and a loss of function could impact your ability to use your hands.

What are some kinds of finger injuries?

Did you know that a cut may not just impact skin? Although the fingers are thin, there's a possibility of impacting the skin, nerves, blood vessels and tendons. The nail bed could become infected, the joints may be implicated or other issues could occur.

Avulsion is a kind of tear where part of the skin or soft tissues are torn off from the fingers. This opens you up to infection. It's a milder form of an amputation, where the tissues are completely cut and turn away from the fingers.

Fingernail injuries are also painful and limiting. The fingernail may fall off, exposing sensitive skin. This could lead to infection. If there is a direct blow, the bone below the nail could also be broken, leading to pain when using the finger.

Even more significant and serious are broken bones and dislocations. These occur from direct forces or impacts in most cases. People could break or dislocate bones by dropping heavy items onto them or by falling, for instance. Dislocations affect the joints, whereas broken bones may not.

These aren't all of the possible injuries, but they're some that are common. If you suffer a blow to the hand or fingers, don't delay in seeking medical help. You need to stop the risk of infection or further complications as soon as you can to protect the use of your hands.

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