A smashed finger is likely to occur if crushed in a door or pounded by a hammer. The throbbing sensation caused by this injury can be uncomfortable.
What should I do?
If an individual ends up with a smashed finger, there are measures that can be done to lessen the discomfort.
- Cold therapy – utilize an ice pack to lessen the swelling and pain. The ice pack must be applied for up to 15 minutes several times in an hour after the injury.
- Elevation – the extremity with the smashed finger must be in an elevated position to lessen the pressure. Allowing the extremity to dangle on the side will only worsen the swelling and throbbing sensation.
- Using the injured finger – the individual should continue to move the damaged finger. If he/she could not move the finger or cannot feel it after a few minutes, a doctor should be seen.
- Medications – over-the-counter pain medications can be given to alleviate the discomfort
When caring for a smashed finger, the following must be avoided though:
- Do not wrap the smashed finger since it might disrupt with the blood flow to the tips of the finger. If the damaged fingers are wrapped, it leads to further damage.
What to expect after having a smashed finger?
After 1-2 days of sustaining a smashed finger, blood is likely to build up under the nail. The nail shifts from dark blue or black color and there is increased pressure. Allowing the pressure out can help with the healing and significantly lessen the pain.
When to consult a doctor
In most cases, there is no need to bring the individual to the emergency department. In some instances, the finger might be broken. A doctor should be seen if the following are present:
- Signs of infection
More Information / Disclaimer
The information posted on this page on a smashed finger is for learning purposes only. Learn to properly manage this form of injury by taking a standard first aid course with Calgary First Aid.