Finger-tip fracture (phalangeal tuft)

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What has happened?

  • You have broken the end of your finger - this is called a tuft fracture
  • These are common injuries and usually heal very well without any further treatment

What should I expect?

  • Your finger will be placed in a splint
  • You may need to take some simple pain relief such as paracetamol and ibuprofen in the first few days after injury

What should I do?

  • It is important to keep your finger and hand moving to prevent stiffness
  • After 2 weeks, you can remove the splint - you do not need to see a doctor before doing this

What should I not do?

  • There are no specific limitations on what you can and cannot do
  • Try to reduce or stop smoking as this can delay bone healing

Will I be followed up?

  • No, these injuries do not require you to return to hospital

What if I have concerns/questions?

  • If your injury is not settling or you have other concerns, you should see your GP in the first instance - take your ACC form/number with you