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.
Cold, tingly feeling or finger/toe turns blue or white.
When you misplace the splint.
Symptoms of a Jammed Finger:
Redness at the injured site.
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.