1. Immobilize the Finger
Tape the broken finger to an adjacent non-broken finger.
2. Control Swelling
Cool the finger by applying ice that is wrapped in a towel -- don't apply ice
directly to the skin since that may burn the skin.
3. Get Help
Call a health care provider or go to a hospital emergency room immediately so
the broken finger can be x-rayed and properly set. Without treatment, it may not
heal properly and could lead to a permanent deformity.
4. Treat Symptoms
Use an over-the-counter pain medicine such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or
ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin).