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Dr. Steven Rueda is one of the most sought after doctors for fingertip injuries and nailbed injuries in Palm Beach. Healthy fingertips are vital for dexterity and sensation of the fingers. The fingertip has many structures on it including skin, nail, tendons, bone, arteries, and nerves. Injury to the fingertip can harm any of the previously mentioned structures and needs diligent repair to recover function.

Fingertip Injuries and Nail Injuries Symptoms and Diagnosis

Woman squeezing her injured fingertip.


Fingertip injuries are usually the result of trauma. Most of this trauma happens because the fingertip is vulnerable and due to its small size gets trapped in between doors, closures, windows, and power tools. In rare cases fingertip injuries are a result of surgery to remove cancer or masses.



Procedures for fingertip reconstruction are very variable and depend on the areas injured (nail, tendons, bone, etc.) and the tissue available to rebuild a new finger. The treatment options are more complex and include closures with sutures, bone debridement, use of grafts to rebuild the nailbed, tendon repairs, and flaps to rebuild the padding of the fingertip. In most cases patients, specially for those who have no nail or bone injury, performing simple dressing changes allows the fingertip to heal on its own in 2-6 weeks. Dr. Rueda prefers to discuss treatment options including incisions, location, and types of repair during the office visit.

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Why Choose Precision hand Center for your Fingertip Injuries and Nail Injuries Procedure?

Dr. Rueda, a Hand Fellowship trained surgeon who has 7 years and 2,000 procedures of experience will be your safe and best choice for fingertip injuries and nail injuries. Successful results in this procedure requires a surgeon that is experienced and knowledgeable in hand surgery and hand anatomy. Dr. Rueda has published articles in expert peer reviewed journals and his work has been presented in several national conferences. Dr. Rueda’s passion for patient education and custom centered approach will guarantee you feel comfortable every step of the way. Dr. Rueda also believes in treating his patients as if he was treating his own family; you can trust you will enter a trusting and long-term relationship and have some of the best fingertip injury and nail injury treatment Palm Beach can offer.

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