Mistakes can be very painful and your jammed finger or toe has proved that to you. But you don't have to suffer that mistake for the rest of your life. You can start treating your jammed finger or toe today. Follow these steps and get healed:
1. Assess the damage. Don't immediately put ice or wrap a bandage around your finger. You need to assess the damage first. Are there any obvious deformations? How about bruising and complete mobility loss? These are signs that the case is not so simple to qualify for home treatment. Drive the patient to the nearest clinic or hospital for immediate care if you see these signs. Let the patient use an arm sling or have him lie down and elevate the affected foot. Doing this should help immobilize the jammed area and therefore prevent anything worse from happening.
Proceed to step 2 if the case is not serious and severe.
2. Apply ice. Get ice cubes, wrap them with clean cloth and apply it to the jammed area. This should reduce the pain and swelling. The ice can also help in lessening damage to the tissues and muscles. Don't put the ice pack longer than 10 minutes, though. The cold might cause frost bite, which will only worsen the patient's condition.
3. Apply splint. A jammed finger or toe is very painful. Help immobilize the affected part so that bumping or striking the area will be prevented. You can use commercially available splints for fingers. If these are not available, use a tongue depressor or a popsicle stick. Anything made from rigid material can be used as a splint as long as that thing will promote immobility. Whatever splint you use, make sure you'll secure it with a medical tape.
4. Wrap with bandage. Wrap the jammed finger or toe with bandages. Tape the bandage to seal it.
5. Continue the ice pack application. Reduce the pain and inflammation on the affected area by occasionally applying an ice pack. Do the same procedures stated above and again, never keep that ice pack too long on the skin. You can also take pain killers to reduce the pain and inflammation.
6. Remove the splint. You know you are ready to remove the splint if you can conveniently move your finger or toe. This should be the case after about a week of two. If you still feel pain at this point, you might need to see a doctor. Pain is a sign of possible fracture.
Besides following these steps, you can also use simpler ways to treat simpler jammed finger or toe. These are the cases when no discoloration is present. Soaking the area in analgesics will lessen the pain. You can also soak the area in Epsom salt bath for pain relief. Sports cream can be great on pain reduction.
No matter how careful a person is a jammed finger or toe is always a possibility. You'll never know when you'll need to know these tips. At least now, you are ready to help for the treatment in case this will happen to you or other people.