Finger-tip fracture (phalangeal tuft)
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- What has happened?
- What should I expect?
- What should I do?
- What should I not do?
- Will I be followed up?
- What if I have concerns/questions?
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 first - take your ACC form/number with you