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could i have mallet finger if i have finger pain?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Rheumatology 52 years experience
No: A mallet finger is a deformity of the finger caused by damage to the extensor tendon. Pain only without deformity is not a mallet finger.
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 39 years experience
Where is pain: Mallet finger is a rupture of the extensor tendon at the level of the distal interphalyngeal joint requiring 6-8 weeks of splinting for tendon to heal. Primary symptom is inability to extend the distal phalynx with some swelling not pain. Seek a hand surgical evaluation.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Mallet finger: Pain is one symptom, a droopy joint is seen CommonRX is 8 week of full time and 4weeks of night time and part time activity splinting on the distal joint only . One can work with a mallet fingersplinted . Dirk Nowitzki played in the 2011 nba finals with this injury. But he had a full time trainer http://handcenterwma.blogspot.com/2011/11/mallet-finger-baseball-finger.html
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
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