Fingertip injuries can be crushing, tearing or amputating injuries to the tips of fingers and thumbs. The injuries can include damage to skin and soft tissue, bone or to the nail and nailbed.
Non-surgical: if the fingertip is not deep enough to expose bone it may heal on its own. A dressing to cover the wound may be applied or a splint made to protect the area.
Surgical: if the fingertip wound is open and large, surgery is often required. A skin graft is taken from another site and used to cover the injury. If a large part of your finger has been cut off in this injury, the surgeon may consider reattaching the tip. This is called replantation.
The recovery time from a fingertip injury may take several months. Mild to severe pain and sensitivity may continue for a year and sometimes may even remain a permanent outcome. Physiotherapy exercises may be recommended to help with movement and strength and sometimes splinting, traction and special wrappings may be encouraged to help with the healing process.