Finger Dislocation: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 1/13/2022

A finger dislocation occurs when any of the joints involving the finger bones become dislocated from each other. Finger dislocations occur at the joints within the finger: metacarpal phalangeal (MCP), proximal interphalangeal (PIP), and distal interphalangeal (DIP).

Finger dislocations are typically very painful. Signs and symptoms in addition to finger pain can include a

  • crooked or deformed finger that is bent upward or at strange angles,
  • inability to bend or straighten the finger,
  • swelling, and
  • bruising.

Numbness and tingling can be present if there is associated damage to the nerves in the finger.

Causes of a Finger Dislocation

Finger dislocations are typically caused by trauma, such as injuries during sports, falls, or accidents.

Other finger dislocation symptoms and signs

  • Bruising
  • Crooked or Deformed Finger That Is Bent Upward or at Strange Angles
  • Finger Pain
  • Inability to Bend or Straighten the Finger
  • Numbness
  • Swelling
  • Tingling


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Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.