Finger injuries usually sound like a minor problem. But not always it is true. Imagine how you’d do your daily chores without one or more fingers. Some injuries can be as severe as losing them.
Loss of a thumb or a digit can be quite a depressing injury because fingers are involved in almost every single activity that we perform.
Reconstructions of the fingers are possible through toe transfers. Toe transfers involve replacing the function of the lost finger, with the finger that is less used and can be utilised in osteoplastic reconstructions.
Post burn deformities are also common on the thumb or the digits of the hand this is generally among the female population as they work in the kitchen. Deep burns of the hand cause scarring and can restrict the function of the hand as the scar would tighten the fingers and normal range of motion may also be difficult. Timely surgery can provide relief from such problems.
Phalangeal fractures are another type of finger injuries. Phalangeal fractures refer to fractures of small bones in the fingers. This type of finger injuries may significantly affect hand function if not managed appropriately. Injuries to the phalanges can result in significant loss of hand function. Fractures of the proximal phalanx which means the finger base is the most common type of phalangeal fractures, which is usually followed by fractures of the distal phalanx (the tip of the finger).
Injuries to the fingertips are very common in accidents at home, work, and play. They can occur when a fingertip gets slammed in a door, while chopping vegetables, or even while clearing debris as a basic cleaning work at home.
Fingertip injuries might involve tearing, crushing, or amputation injuries to the tips of fingers and thumbs. Trauma to the fingertips can also include damage to soft tissue, bone (distal phalanx), external skin, or to the nail and nailbed. The tips of long fingers tend to be injured more often because they are the last to escape from a force that can cause injury.
Treatments for finger injuries
Treatment of a fingertip injury/amputation mostly depends on the angle of the cut and the extent of the injury. Preservation of length, as well as the function and appearance of the finger, are the main goals of these treatments. Fingertips are rich with nerves and are extremely sensitive to even the simplest touch/sensation. Without prompt and proper care, a fingertip injury can disrupt the complex function of the hand and can result in permanent deformity and disability. These surgeries are extremely complex and need a lot of precision and skilled hands.
The goal of treatment is to provide pain-free fingertips covered with healthy skin and tissue. The hand should be able to feel, pinch, and grip, perform normal hand functions. The doctor will also try to preserve the length and appearance of your finger.