A jammed finger describes pain and swelling of the middle joint of the finger and can occur when something hits the top of your finger hard, jamming that knuckle. Trying to catch a ball that strikes the tip of the finger and bends it backwards is one of the most common causes of jammed fingers.
Your finger is swollen and painful around the middle joint
You may see bruising around the knuckle
Your finger is stiff
It hurts to bend your finger
What Can I Do About It?
If your finger looks crooked, you should consult with your healthcare provider immediately. You may need an x-ray as your finger could be broken.
Resting your finger, applying ice and taking anti- inflammatory medication such as aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen can help with the pain and swelling. After a few days, you may want to wear a splint that allows your finger to rest in a straight position.