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What happens if I am a week late for mallet finger(dropped finger) treatment?

What happens if I am a week late for mallet finger(dropped finger) treatment?

Not much.: Splint treatment of mallet fingers initiated within a week or two of the injury usually results in a satisfactory outcome. ...Read more

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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 can I cure my 3 month old's mallet finger?

How can I cure my 3 month old's mallet finger?

Mallet finger: A pediatric orthopedic or hand surgeon showed be consulted to determine the best approach to treatment. ...Read more

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Treating Finger Warts (Checklist)

Verify that it's a wart. There are many types and they look different.
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If you know it's a wart, use over-the-counter products as labelled.
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If OTC treatments don't work, see a dermatologist
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Please define what mallet finger is?

Please define what mallet finger is?

Tendon injury: A mallet finger is a rupture or laceration of the extensor tendon to the tip bone of the finger. Symptoms include a drooping fingertip that is unable to be straightened. Sometimes it is painful, sometimes it is not. ...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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Treating Finger Warts (Checklist)

Finger warts can appear to resolve after tx, but then reoccur
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HPV virus causes warts, is contagious; Cover when present
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Most dermatologists recommend teat warts as soon as they appear
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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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How do I know when a mallet finger is cured?

How do I know when a mallet finger is cured?

It'll stay straight: It takes about 6 weeks for the torn end of the tendon to heal back to the bone. Treatment consists of splinting in extension for 6 wks. The splint must be worn at all times, if the finger becomes flexed at the last knuckle, the 6wks starts over! when the splint is removed, the finger should remain straight. ...Read more

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Treating Finger Warts (Checklist)

Apply salicylic acid to wart
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Pare down the wart
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Follow-up with dermatologist if not improving
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What can I do to remedy mallet finger?

See your doc: Treatment is fairly specific but often surgery is not necessary. ...Read more

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