First Aid

First Aid for a Jammed Finger or Toe

A jammed finger is a common injury during sports. It is extremely painful and ice packs are used to reduce pain and swelling. Wear a splint to immobilize the finger. Drugs that reduce pain also can be taken. If pain and swelling persists hot compress can be given.

Immediate steps for healing:

  • Application of cold or ice packs.
  • They can be applied for 20 minutes every hour for the first two days.
  • Hot compress can be given after 2 days.
  • The affected area should be kept above the heart level after 48 hours.
  • Try to immobilize the finger or toe.
  • Splint can be worn to support the finger.
  • The part that is not covered with splint can be moved slowly.
  • This can be done many times a day.
  • A splint can be prepared with a piece of cardboard, pen or a Popsicle stick.
  • The finger can also be taped with the next finger.
  • Do not walk as it causes pain to the toe.
  • Do not wear shoes that pressurize the toe.
  • Epsom salt in hot water relieves the pain and swelling.
  • Pain killers like ibuprofen can be taken.

Call the Doctor :

When the victim experiences the following, call the doctor immediately.

  • Swelling or pain becomes worse.
  • Reddish discoloration.
  • Cold, tingly feeling or finger/toe turns blue or white.
  • When you misplace the splint.

Symptoms of a Jammed Finger:

  • Pain.
  • Redness at the injured site.
  • Swelling.
  • Fingertip is drooped.
  • Motion is limited.

Prevention is better than Cure:

  • While playing games like basketball, football or baseball, remove rings or other jewelry before playing.
  • When you like participating in such games, try to keep a first aid kit.

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