Symptoms of a dislocated finger include: pain, swelling, looking bent or deformed, not being able to move the finger.
1. Control Swelling
- Remove any rings immediately.
- Apply ice to the area.
- Keep the finger elevated above the heart.
- If the finger is bent or deformed, don’t try to straighten it. It may be broken.
2. Get Help
- See a doctor as soon as you can, ideally within a day. You’ll need X-rays and procedures to realign the finger.
3. Follow Up
- Keep any protective splint or cast clean and dry.
- Ice the finger for 20 minutes every few hours for a few days, if you are able.
- Continue elevating your finger when possible.
- Take pain medication as prescribed by the doctor.
- Depending on the nature of the injury, surgery or follow-up with an orthopedist who specializes in hands may be needed.