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Fifth metacarpal fracture (hand)

Fifth metacarpal fracture (hand)

Virtual Fracture Care

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You have a minor fracture near the knuckle (fifth metacarpal fracture). This fracture is treated with tape and a pressure bandage.


  • You have a fracture in the metacarpal bone of your little finger (pinky).
  • This type of injury almost always heals well without any loss of function.
  • A routine follow-up is not necessary for this type of injury.
  • You can remove the pressure bandage in the first week as your pain allows you to do this. You can remove the buddy tape after the first and before the third week if your pain allows you to do this.
  • To prevent the finger from getting stiff, it is important that you start moving the finger again as soon as possible.
  • You can find exercises for your finger in the app.
  • If you have any questions, or are experiencing problems with your recovery, you can call the “breuklijn” (fracture hotline): (0314) 32 92 50 on work days between 10:00 - 12:00.

A fracture of the fifth metacarpal is a common injury. The fracture is treated with tape (buddy tape) and a pressure bandage for extra support.

0-1 week
  • Remove pressure bandage as soon as your pain allows this.
  • Keep wearing the buddy tape.
1-3 weeks
  • Remove the buddy tape as soon as your pain allows this.
3-6 weeks
  • Start moving your hand.
After 6 weeks
  • Start sports

Follow these instructions for a good recovery.

Reapply pressure bandage and buddytape

If you need to reapply the pressure bandage and buddytape, please find instructions in the video below. You can buy new materials at the pharmacy or reapply the pressure bandage that was applied in Emergency Department.

After a fracture of the fifth metacarpal, stiffness and loss of strength can occur. The exercises below can be performed to support your recovery.

Follow the instructions below:

Bend and straighten the fingers
Bend and straighten your fingers so you feel a mild to moderate stretch. Do not push into pain. You can start this exercise as soon as the pain allows you to do this.


Please call us
If there are any questions after reading the information, please contact us or visit www.slingeland.nl.

Breuklijn, (0314) 32 92 50. Please call us on work days between 10:00 - 12:00

Virtual Fracture Care app
In our Virtual Fracture Care app, you can find more information about your injury. You can also find exercises here to improve your recovery. You can find the app in the Appstore (iPhone) and in the Google Store (Android). You can also scan the QR-code, automatically you will be transferred to the app.


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