What Are Fingertip Injuries?

Fingertip injuries are one of the more common injuries in the hand as the fingertips are exposed in many of our activities. A fingertip injury can result in damage to the nail, skin, bone, nailbed, tendons, and the pulp (the padded area of the fingertip). The nerves at the tip of the finger may also be injured. Fingertip injuries can be caused by many things. They can be crushed, closed in a door, or hit by a hammer. They can also be cut by a kitchen knife, power tools, lawn mower, or another sharp object.

How Are Fingertip Injuries Treated?

Fingertip injuries are one of the more common injuries in the hand as the fingertips are exposed in many of our activities. A fingertip injury can result in damage to the nail, skin, bone, nailbed, tendons, and the pulp (the padded area of the fingertip). The nerves at the tip of the finger may also be injured. Fingertip injuries can be caused by many things. They can be crushed, closed in a door, or hit by a hammer. They can also be cut by a kitchen knife, power tools, lawn mower, or another sharp object.

What to Expect During Recovery?

Your finger may be sensitive for many months. Sometimes, you will have altered feeling in the fingertip. The quality and texture of the skin may be different and the nail may heal with some deformity.  Most patients with fingertip injuries will also develop some cold intolerance to that finger.  This is worse during the first year but may persist afterwards.