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Jammed Finger


Jammed Finger (Aftercare Instructions) Care Guide

  • A jammed finger is an injury to a tendon or bone in the tip of the finger. It is also called mallet or baseball finger. The tendon (tissue that connects muscle to bone) may be stretched or torn. Or, the bone where the tendon attaches may be broken. A jammed finger happens when the fingertip is jammed against something or hits it straight on. It is a common sports injury.

  • Your finger may be swollen, red, and hurt. The tip of the finger may droop down. You may not be able to move the jammed finger as you normally would move it. You may need to have an x-ray of your finger. It may take 4 to 8 weeks for the injury to heal.


  • Apply ice to the sore finger for 15 to 20 minutes each hour for the first 1 to 2 days. Put the ice in a plastic bag and place a towel between the bag of ice and your skin.

  • If you have a finger splint. Wear the splint for as long as your caregiver suggests.

    • You may remove the splint each day to wash your finger.

    • When your splint is off, do not try to bend the tip of your finger.

    • Put your splint back on as soon as possible. If your finger is numb or tingling, the splint is probably too tight. You can loosen it so it is comfortable.

  • Move the part of your injured finger that is not covered by the splint several times a day.

  • You may use medicines that you can buy without a prescription. Take only medications as directed by your doctor.


  • You have pain or swelling that is getting worse.

  • Your finger is more swollen and very red.

  • Your finger feels numb, tingly, or cold even after you loosen your splint.

  • Your finger looks white or blue and feels cold.

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