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How long will it take to repair a mallet finger

A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eon Shin
Dr. Eon Shin answered
20 years experience Hand Surgery
8 weeks: I recommend full time splinting for 8 weeks before initiating exercises. A mallet finger injury represents a rupture of the extensor tendon near the f ... Read More
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Dr. Otto Placik
34 years experience Plastic Surgery
Depends on injury: Recovery depends on the extent of injury which can be classified as well as the time from injury to repair.
Dr. Andrew Bronstein
36 years experience Hand Surgery
12 weeks: Mallet finger typically responds to careful splinting alone. Most surgeons would recommend 8 weeks of full time splinting with a special manner to put ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Tuckman
23 years experience Hand Surgery
3 months: These are treated with a splint which as to be on 100% of the time for two months. Then only at night for the next months. Full activity at 3 months.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
35 years experience Hand Surgery
Mallet finger: I typically recommend 8 weeks of full time and 4/6 weeks of night time and part time activity splinting on the distal joint only . I wouldn't say out ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
39 years experience Hand Surgery
Splinting: Mallet finger usually responds well to splinting in extension for 6 weeks. May require nighttime splinting for an additional 2 weeks. You need to not ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
39 years experience Hand Surgery
Treatment: Treatment is simple and should be initiated as soon as possible. It consists of constant! splinting at 0 degrees of the distal inter-phalengeal joint ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
23 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes, carefully: Splinting for mallet fingers works by keeping the torn end of the extensor tendon closely approximated to the bone. By removing the splint, you risk p ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
35 years experience Hand Surgery
Mallet finger: I typically recommend 8 weeks of full time and 4/6 weeks of night time and part time activity splinting on the distal joint only . You can work with ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lervasen Pillay
Specializes in Sports Medicine
Exercise and rehab: It depends of the fracture configuration but it is important to attend a physiotherapist or a hand therapist to strengthen the finger and regain range ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Tuckman
23 years experience Hand Surgery
Tendon Tear: A mallet finger is a tear of the tendon the extends the end joint in the finger. The treatment is a splint for six weeks. The splint has to stay on an ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Hauck
39 years experience Hand Surgery
Extensor injury: Mallet finger is from rupture of the distal extensor tendon or a fracture of the distal phalanx. The finger should be x-rayed to check for a fracture. ... Read More
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