Post # 1
I went to the beach with my family on Labor Day weekend, and my fiance insisted on playing catch. Well, I suck at catch, and as I was catching the ball, I jammed my finger. Of all ten fingers, my ring finger.
My finger got swollen right away, and since we were at the beach, I wasn’t able to ice it until we got home a few hours later. Fortunately I was not wearing my ring to the beach because I didn’t want to lose it / anything to happen to it. Because my finger got swollen so quickly we most likely would have had to cut it off. Anyway, it’s been maybe six weeks, and my engagement ring still does not go over my knuckle. My finger has gotten maybe 80% of its mobility back, and it still hurts a little bit. I’m trying to move it around and stretch it out every day, and ice it every night. It sucks because I’ve read online that a jammed finger is very unpredictable, and may take months or even up to a year to fully heal. Or even worse… never go back to normal.
I haven’t been able to wear my ring for almost 2 months now, and I keep having to explain the story to everyone. It was kind of awkward going dress shopping without it too. Also it’s obviously a beautiful ring and I would love to be able to wear it. I’m also not sure at what point I should begin considering getting it resized.
Anyway, just had to vent. I was patient at first but I’m getting a little frustrated!
Post # 3
I would give it more time before you get it resized….and maybe get a stand-in for now? I jammed my ring finger on my right hand a few years ago and it took about 3 months before it was completely back to normal size-wise. It never completely fixed itself because my finger now curves weirdly but I’m the only one that can notice that. I would wait until you have full mobility back. If your finger is still stiff, that means there’s still inflamation in there….which means your finger is still bigger than normal.
Post # 4
I jammed my thumb when I was in the 5th grade while playing basketball. Ever since then that thumb is a different size than my other thumb, mostly just the knuckle size but it is a full size bigger atleast. Sorry just my personal experience. Hope yours goes better, good luck 🙂
Post # 5
Would it fit on your right hand? If so, would you consider wearing it on your right hand till your ring finger goes back to normal size? If not, I like the pp’s idea of a “stand in” ring.
Post # 6
I agree with artichokey that since it’s still sore, there is still some inflammation and you need to wait it out. Try it on your right hand for now.
Post # 7
Could you wear it on a necklace maybe, so at least you have it on and you don’t have to worry about it slipping off your other hand? That way you can explain to people who ask what happened, but you get to still wear it? I have the problem where my knuckes on my right hand are bigger, so a ring that fits on my left hand wouldn’t fit comfortably on my right. Hence the necklace idea.
I’ve jammed more fingers than I can count (some more than once) and all mine have healed well. It took a few weeks to get back to normal, so I think you will be OK.
Post # 8
My left ring finger is my smallest finger by about a half size, so the ring won’t fit on any other finger. I actually mentioned wearing it as a necklace, and my fiance asked jokingly, “Is is that much of a burden??” (referring to Frodo in LOTR, hehehe). I would wear it as a necklace but he recently got me a beautiful necklace for my birthday, so I’ve been wearing that every day since. It is encouraging to hear there is hope that it may return to normal!
Post # 9
have you tried buddy taping it? (taping your ring finger to either your pinky or middle finger to protect it and help it heal). it seems like it has been quite a long time so no idea if it is worthwhile now, but i had a slightly broken finger that healed well after taping.
Post # 10
I would recommend that you massage your finger every day to get some of the swelling out. Start from the tip of your finger and rub down over the sides and over the top of your knuckle. Then rub across your knuckle. I would use some lotion to make the massaging easier. Then to stretch it out, bend your finger then use your other hand to lightly press your finger closer to your palm. It will probably hurt at first, but should get better the more you do it.
Hope this helps!