What is a boxer’s fracture?
A boxer’s fracture is a break in the metatarsal of the little finger, it is the most common break after an injury from a clenched fist when punchings something or someone. Other causes can be from breaking a fall with the hand, forceful twisting of the finger, or contact sports.
What are the symptoms of a boxer’s fracture?
Inability or limited movement of the little finger
Difficulty with gripping or forming a fist with the hand
Numbness or tingling in the hand
The knuckle of the little finger appears flat
When does a boxer’s fracture require surgery?
Dr. Azouz will review x-ray images to check the alignment of the bones. A minor boxer’s fracture with minimal displacement can be treated with RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation), therapy, and splinting. For a fracture that is displaced and angulated, most require surgery to re-align the bones and repair the fracture.
How is a boxer’s fracture surgery performed?
Dr. Azouz will perform a reduction of the metatarsal bone and repair the fracture with pins or screws. He will also repair damage to any nearby structures, including ligaments, tendons, muscles, blood vessels, and nerves, as necessary.