02/21/2014

Fingertip Injury

 

Fingertip injuries are one of the more common injuries in the hand. The fingertips are exposed in many of our activities.

Injured components may include skin, bone, nail, nailbed, tendon, and the pulp, the padded area of the fingertip (see Figure 1). The skin on the palm side of our fingertips is specialized in that it has many more nerve endings than most other parts of our body. These nerve endings enable the fine sensation we have in our fingertips, and they can also be damaged. When this specialized skin is injured, exact replacement may be difficult.