How long should a simple fracture like this take to heal?
It usually takes around two to four weeks to heal up completely. Sometimes it can take up to eight weeks to heal up. If healing has not happened by that time then you should be seen by the hand surgeon or orthopedic doctor to see if you would require a surgery or not.
I am worried that strapping it too tightly will reduce blood flow to the tip of the finger and delay healing - what's more important?
Yes you are right.
Strapping it too tightly can cause problems.
You should make sure that it is not too tight.
If it is too tight you will have pain or numbness or both.
I am off on my travels again on Friday, when should I get another x-ray done?
You can have another x-ray in about two weeks after you had this one done.
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