How to Deal with a Finger Sprain

Although you won’t often hear about them as much as ankle or knee sprains, finger sprains are a common injury. The problem is that most people who suffer from them tend to keep the condition to themselves and simply let the injury heal on its own. However, finger sprains can be serious and lead to permanent damage, and thus, should not be neglected.

What causes finger sprains?

Finger sprains occur when a finger bends beyond its limit. This often leads to pain and possibly ligament injury. In more severe cases, a dislocation can occur, wherein bones have been forcefully moved away from their normal position. In such cases, the dislocated bone will need to be put back into place.

What to do

If the injury is not that serious, such as some basic swelling or bruising, apply the RICE protocol (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation). You might want to immobilize the finger by taping or splinting to prevent further damage. If the injury is serious—say, if the finger is bent or twisted in an abnormal way–it’s time to have it checked by a medical professional. Be prepared to have your injury X-rayed before your treatment can begin.

Depending on the complexity of your injury, your doctor may also refer you to a physical therapist who can create an individualized treatment plan to help your finger regain its full movement and function.

 

Shoe Shopping: Four Tips to Get the Perfect Fit

Choosing the right type of footwear can prevent a multitude of problems. Sure, how the shoes look is important, but your priority should be to find shoes that offer a comfortable fit for your feet. If you don’t, you may be setting yourself up for a pair of ill-fitting shoes that can cause pain and discomfort. To help make the selection process easier, here are a few tips on selecting a “better fitting shoe”.

  • Allocate a good amount of your time on shopping for shoes. You may not find the right shoe in the first store you browse in so be prepared to visit a few more until you find the right one. Don’t ever settle, because the health of your feet—and consequently your overall health—depends on it.

  • Try on a pair of shoes in the size that feels fine, then practice using it on a hard floor. Later, try on a half-size larger. Few people realize that a larger shoe may actually fit or feel better.

  • Again, use comfort as the main criteria. Often, the perfect shoes are the ones that feel good the moment you slip your feet in them.

  • Some shoes come in different widths, so ask the shoe store about this. You may need a shoe with a wider or narrower width to get the best fit.

Follow the tips above and avoid wearing shoes that can only lead to unwanted aches and pains, including a possible trip to the doctor.