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Jammed (stubbed) finger
August 15, 2017, 06:08:21 pm
I stubbed my pinkie finger  :'(

Whilst at the wall last night I had "one last go" and managed to throw my pinkie finger into a hold and instantly felt some pain. It was a proper stub, fingers completely straight with the impact right on the tip with the force travelling through the finger.

I later found out this was called "jamming your finger" and the online advice seems to vary.

I don't think it's badly injured but it's still painful 24 hours later and there is definite swelling on the second joint and on the outside of the third pad. It's got a bit of colour to it but not overly purple/bruised.

Does anyone have an experience of this and know what the best thing to do is? I'm assuming it's something that should subside in a relatively short space of time. But should I be icing it, splinting it, moving/stretching it?

Any thoughts would be very welcomed!

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#1 Re: Jammed (stubbed) finger
August 15, 2017, 11:05:51 pm
I regularly used to do this playing basketball, the ball being thrown with force and me mistiming the catch with outstretched and locked open fingers.

Ice and rest, maybe if it's bad 12hr voltarol gel will help reduce the swelling.

If it's broken then that's a different solution!

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#2 Re: Jammed (stubbed) finger
August 16, 2017, 08:26:39 am
I regularly used to do this playing basketball, the ball being thrown with force and me mistiming the catch with outstretched and locked open fingers.

+1 Basketballs are heavy. Used to take a couple of weeks to completely settle.

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#3 Re: Jammed (stubbed) finger
August 16, 2017, 10:43:31 am
Thanks for the responses. I'll continue with some ice and rest.

I don't think the swelling is too bad (especially compared to some images I've seen) so I'll give it a few days and see how it goes. It's turned to an ache today, as opposed to pain, so that seems like a good sign.

I can imagine this being a common injury in basketball. I've done it myself years ago playing in the yard at home but it was very minor. And I wasn't halfway through a training plan for climbing so will likely have just ignored it...