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Your Bent or Crooked Finger May Also be Known as:
Dislocated finger
Finger ache
Finger bent out of shape
Finger discomfort
Finger pain
Finger soreness
Fingers bent to the side
Knuckle bent out of shape

Top 5 Bent or Crooked Finger Causes

  1. 1.Dislocated Finger

    Dislocations of the finger at the base of the finger are relatively rare. However, when they do happen, they can damage the blood supply to the finger and its nerves.

    You should go immediately to an urgent care or emergency room, where a physician can "reduce" - put the finger back into place - safely. Simple dislocations typically require just buddy tape to a nearby finger. Complicated fractures (need an x-ray) would need immobilization with a splint. Following reduction, the doctor should ensure that blood is flowing to the tips of the finger properly. If he/she cannot put it back into place, they should consult a hand surgeon.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    swollen finger, finger dislocation at the middle knuckle, bent or crooked finger
    Symptoms that always occur with dislocated finger:
    bent or crooked finger, finger dislocation at the middle knuckle
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  2. 2.Middle Knuckle Thumb Dislocation

    The middle knuckle is called the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint. A thumb PIP joint dislocation occurs when trauma causes the bones of the thumb to dislodge, resulting in a very painful and swollen joint.

    You should visit a nearby urgent care or your primary care physician within the next 24 hours. This injury is very painful, and is usually treated by a hand specialist. Surgery is not usually required, and treatment consists of icing the affected area, splinting the finger, and anti-inflammatory and pain reducing drugs.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    finger dislocation at the knuckle connected to the palm, bent or crooked finger, swollen thumb
    Symptoms that always occur with middle knuckle thumb dislocation:
    bent or crooked finger, finger dislocation at the knuckle connected to the palm
    Urgency:
    In-person visit

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  3. 3.Middle Knuckle Finger Dislocation

    The middle knuckle is called the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint. A PIP joint dislocation occurs when trauma causes the bones of the finger to dislodge, resulting in a very painful and swollen joint.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours. This injury is very painful, and is usually treated by a hand specialist. Surgery is not usually required, and treatment consists of icing the affected area, splinting the finger, and anti-inflammatory and pain reducing drugs.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    finger dislocation at the knuckle connected to the palm, bent or crooked finger, finger pain from an injury, pain in the middle knuckle of the finger
    Symptoms that always occur with middle knuckle finger dislocation:
    bent or crooked finger, finger dislocation at the knuckle connected to the palm
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Smallest Knuckle Thumb Dislocation

    The smallest knuckle is called the distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint. A thumb DIP joint dislocation occurs when trauma causes the bones of the thumb to dislodge, resulting in a very painful and swollen joint.

    You should visit a nearby urgent care or your primary care physician within the next 24 hours. This injury is very painful, and is usually treated by a hand specialist. Surgery is not usually required, and treatment consists of icing the affected area, splinting the finger, and anti-inflammatory and pain reducing drugs.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    swollen thumb, finger dislocation at the knuckle farthest from the palm, bent or crooked finger
    Symptoms that always occur with smallest knuckle thumb dislocation:
    bent or crooked finger, finger dislocation at the knuckle farthest from the palm
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  5. 5.Non - Serious Finger Injury

    Finger injuries are very common & rarely need medical treatment.

    You can treat this at home with ice and rest. An X-ray would be necessary to rule out a fracture if you had swelling and difficulty moving the finger.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    recent finger injury, finger pain from an injury, swollen finger, severe finger pain
    Symptoms that always occur with non-serious finger injury:
    recent finger injury
    Symptoms that never occur with non-serious finger injury:
    bent or crooked finger
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Bent or Crooked Finger

  • Q.How long has your hand been swollen?
  • Q.How swollen is your hand?
  • Q.Is your hand swelling getting better or worse?
  • Q.Is your hand swelling constant or come-and-go?

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Bent or Crooked Finger Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced bent or crooked finger have also experienced:

    • 48% Finger Pain
    • 3% Difficulty Moving the Thumb
    • 3% Thumb Pain

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