Why is such a huge cast necessary for a broken finger? Did we make it worse by waiting to take him in? Broken fingers are a frequent childhood injury, and, most of the time, they heal without any long-term problems. A cast up to the elbow is typical for a broken finger, because it is the most effective way to promote healing. Children are at a higher risk for breaking bones than adults, simply because children tend to be more active.
The bones in a normal hand line up precisely, letting you perform many specialized functions like grasping a pen or manipulating small objects in your palm. When you fracture a finger bone, it can put your whole hand out of alignment. Without treatment, your broken finger may stay stiff and painful. Sometimes a bone can break without you realizing it. That's usually what happens to the scaphoid bone in your wrist, a boat-shaped bone located on the outermost side of the thumb side of the hand. Many people with a fractured scaphoid think they have a sprained wrist instead of a broken bone because there is no obvious deformity and very little swelling. Signs and symptoms of a fracture in the bones of your hand or wrist include pain and tenderness and swelling.
It connects two rows of these bones - the proximal row closer to the forearm and the distal row closer to the hand. This connection puts it at extra risk for injury Figure 1. Visit a hand surgeon as soon as possible if you think you might have fractured your wrist. Scaphoid fractures are usually diagnosed by an x-ray of the wrist; however, x-rays do not always show scaphoid fractures. If you are tender directly over the scaphoid bone which is located in the hollow at the thumb side of the wrist as shown in Figure 2 , your health care provider might recommend wearing a splint to be safe.