swollen knuckle

United States
August 25, 2007 10:39pm CST
This sounds ridiculous, but I was trying to throw away a wet leaf that I found on the floor and since it was wet it stuck to my middle finger, so I flicked it into the wastebasket, immediately feeling a stabbing pain in the knuckle at the base of the finger. It's been a few weeks, and the knuckle is still red and swollen. Sometimes when I open a door or use scissors or even scoop ice cream out of a box it hurts a lot. Has anyone else had anything like this happen? How long did it take to heal?
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
26 Aug 07
Do you mean that I am not the only one who does things like that? I did that about a year ago, and it seems that it took about two or three weeks to heal up. My son did it this summer and his took nearly a month, but I guess it depends on how careful you are after you first injure it. The best thing to do is to put ice on it right away to keep the swelling down as much as possible. I gave my son Motrin for the pain and because it is an anti-inflammatory medicine. We also tried a finger splint to keep him from moving it any more than necessary. Unfortunately with kids, that isn't possible. Every time I looked he had it off and was re-injuring his finger. I hope that your finger heals up soon. I know that it isn't any fun.
• United States
26 Aug 07
Thanks, and it's good to hear that yours and your son's healed completely. I thought maybe I had somehow dislocated the bone between that knuckle and the next one, so I wiggled it around a bit and had temporary relief. The ice and the medicine also gave temporary relief.
@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
28 Aug 07
I was pretty sure that my son had dislocated his. I think that it probably would have healed up much faster though if he had left his splint on and been more careful about not using it so much. Kids will be kids though I guess.