What is a phalangeal fracture?
The phalanges are the bones of the fingers. There are three phalanges in each finger, except the thumb which has 2 phalange bones. A fracture is almost always a result of a traumatic injury. The most common causes of phalangeal fractures are falls, crush injury in machinery, slamming a finger in a door or drawer, car accidents, drills, power saws, hammers, and dog bites.
What are the symptoms of a phalangeal fracture?
Deformity in the appearance of the finger
Decreased range of motion
Numbness or tingling in the fingertip
When does a phalangeal fracture require surgery?
For minor hairline finger fractures conservative treatment with splinting, rest, ice, compression, and elevation can help heal the bone. However, if the bone is displaced or angulated surgery is required to fix the bone along with any nearby damaged structures. Dr. Azouz will review x-ray images to check the alignment of the bones and location of the fracture.