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How long will it take to repair a mallet finger?

How long will it take to repair a mallet finger?

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 on and take off the splint with the fingertip always extended, followed by nighttime splinting by 4 weeks. After that time, most patients can discontinue their splints and start working on range of motion. Compliance is a must to optimize the result. ...Read more

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Dr. Raymond Raven
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Mallet Finger (Definition)

Mallet finger is caused by a tear of the extensor tendon at the joint closer to the fingertip. It happens most commonly from a trauma which causes sudden flexion of the joint. The patient will notice that a 'droop' is present with the fingertip and is unable to extend at the joint. The good news is that most can be handled nonoperatively with splinting anywhere from 6-8 weeks. ...Read more


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How long will it take to fix a mallet finger/ruptured extensor tendon?

How long will it take to fix a mallet finger/ruptured extensor tendon?

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. ...Read more

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Got a mallet finger. How long will i be out of commission?

Got a mallet finger. How long will i be out of commission?

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 of commission as you ca n work with a mallet finger that is splinted . Dirk nowitzki played in the 2011 nba finals with this injury. ...Read more

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What to do if I had a mallet finger. how long will I be out?

What to do if I had a mallet finger. how long will I be out?

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 remove the splint at all as flexion may return you to ground zero . ...Read more

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For how long can mallet finger go untreated before it becomes a permanent deformity?

For how long can mallet finger go untreated before it becomes a permanent deformity?

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 for 6 weeks. Followed by night time splinting for 2 more weeks. While delayed treatment can be successful best results occur with immediate care. Success of splinting is > 90% if initiated quickly following injury. ...Read more

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Can I take this splint off mallet finger?

Can I take this splint off mallet finger?

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 pulling the tendon away from the bone. This may delay or even prevent healing. The splint should be worn 24hrs/day, 7days/wk for 6 weeks for best results. If you have to remove the splint, keep the tip of the finger hyperextended. Put it back on asap. ...Read more

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Got a mallet finger. How long will i be out of playing baseball?

Got a mallet finger. How long will i be out of playing baseball?

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 a mallet finger that is splinted . Dirk nowitzki played in the 2011 nba finals with this injury. But he had a full time trainer to take care of him http://handcenterwma.Blogspot.Com/2011/06/mallet-finger-baseball-finger.Html. ...Read more

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Whats a mallet finger?

Whats a mallet finger?

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 and dry 100% of the time for the treatment to be effective. See a hand surgeon for appropriate splinting. ...Read more

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What exactly is mallet finger?

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. Most mallets are treated by splinting 24/7 for 6 weeks. ...Read more

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How can I fix my own mallet finger ?

How can I fix my own mallet finger ?

Splinting: Most mallet fingers are due to a ruptured tendon. Some involve a bone fracture. Both can be treated by full time splinting for 2 months followed be night time only splinting for 1 month. Although you can probably do this yourself, it is best to be evaluated and treated by a plastic, orthopedic, or hand surgeon. ...Read more