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How long does it take for finger sprain/fractures to heal?

Question: How long does it take for finger sprain/fractures to heal?

I sprained and fractured my ring finger 5 months ago playing netball, and it is still causing a lot of pain with day to day movements-particularly lateral movements, however I do have more or less full range with flexion and extension.


it takes 3 weeks for fractures to heal and 6 weeks for the bone to remodel - so the bone is all fixed!! If you injured the soft tissue & disrupted your tendon pulley systems it may leave you in some flexion. That's obviously not the case so I would suggest you have some collateral ligament damage (medial). Might need to continue to strap it up for netball. Once ligaments are stretched they cannot contract or shorten unless surgery is the option.


I have worked with injuries for over 35 years. I will tell you that if your finger has not healed in 5 months your real problem is your bloodstream is toxicly out of balance. It is like washing cloths in dirty water how long would it take to get them clean? You need to clean up your diet or lifestyle or it may never heal up. Even if you stretched the ligament i have seen the body shorten ligaments all the time but it needs the right materials in the blood to do it and an environment that is not too acidic. Too many Starches and proteins compared to veggies an fruit.


If you exercise with bad diet it is like running your car with sand in the oil. The most important thing for good healing is a very healthy diet. An absence of bad foods is only the first step. The proper balance of good healthy nutrient dense food is the next step and then lifestyle balance is the last step on the ladder to good healing. 1- Cut out all refined foods; Sugar, flower of any kind, chocolate, coffee, sodas especially diet drinks, all artificial sweeteners, alcohol, tobacco, ice cream, and processed meats. 2- Eat more veggies. You need to eat 60% of your diet vegetables, 20% fruit, 10% starch, 10% protein. Just think three times more vegetables than starch and protein combined. Get a diet scale and weigh out your food for three days and you will get a visual as to how much veggies that is. Salad should be your main dish. The American diet has been just the opposite for years and look where it has got us. It is only hard at first. I know I have taken away all the, "good stuff", but let me tell you, I have never tasted anything that tastes better than feeling good feels! 3- 99% of all patients that I have seen are moderately or very chronically functionally dehydrated. Start drinking 8oz of water every waking hour of the day minimum. Get in bed by 10 to10:30pm. Don't eat 3-4 hrs before bed. 4- Do some aerobic on exercise bike, build up your intensity & duration, as it feels good. Avoid sharp pain, dull achy pain is OK. The longer you eat well, you will be able to exercise more and not exacerbate your problems. Keep in touch. Healthdoc55


An excellent reply healthdoc55, many thanks.


As someone who works with elite Netballers and working in sport for over 25 years....
I would agree you are very likely to have some collateral ligament damage (medial). Once ligaments are stretched they cannot contract or shorten unless surgery is the option.
The dietry advice is excellent but sadly not the total answer to you problem. Collateral instability and hand in ball sports dont go well together - seek help/investigation/advice from an orthopaedic hand surgeon near you