Ice, compression and elevation are the gold standards for keeping swelling down in the first couple days after an injury. If the function of a thumb or finger is compromised, it's time to go see the doctor and get an x-ray.
Any opinions expressed here are for educational purposes only and are not intended for diagnosis.
Have a fracture you want to share? Submit a picture of your injury here.
Want to talk about fractures? Ask others and see more on the First Aid Forum.