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Dr. Kent Chou
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
18 years in practice
21K people helped
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What happens if I am a week late for mallet finger(dropped finger) treatment?

Dr. Kent Chou
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
18 years in practice
21K people helped
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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Dr. Adam Smith
Board Certified
12 years in practice
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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Board Certified, Pediatrics
51 years in practice
5M people helped
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How can I cure my 3 month old's mallet finger?

Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Board Certified, Pediatrics
51 years in practice
5M people helped
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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Dr. Adam Smith
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Dr. Randy Hauck
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
34 years in practice
199K people helped
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What exactly is mallet finger?

Dr. Randy Hauck
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
34 years in practice
199K people helped
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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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
30 years in practice
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Please define what mallet finger is?

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
30 years in practice
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Please define what mallet finger is?

A mallet finger : Is when the extensor tendon at the tip of a finger ruptures. The rupture of this tendon can involve the tendon alone, be associated with a small bone fragment or fracture or can be associated with a fracture that requires significant care. The fingertip joint cannot extend and droops or lags despite effort to activley extend. http://www.handctr.com/mallet-finger-baseball-finger-102.html. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Smith
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Dr. David Tuckman
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
18 years in practice
400K people helped
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Whats a mallet finger?

Dr. David Tuckman
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
18 years in practice
400K people helped
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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Dr. Steven Brown
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
34 years in practice
714K people helped
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Can you tell me what do I do for mallet finger?

Dr. Steven Brown
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
34 years in practice
714K people helped
Can you tell me what do I do for mallet finger?

Splint: Splint the distal interphalengeal joint in extension at 0 degrees. The splint needs to remain in place without any removal or flexion of the joint for 6 weeks. This treatment is successful in approximately 90% of cases. If not successful than next step is another trial of splinting, surgery is an option but usually less successful. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Coats II
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
18 years in practice
863K people helped
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How do I know when a mallet finger is cured?

Dr. Robert Coats II
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
18 years in practice
863K people helped
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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Dr. Steven Brown
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
34 years in practice
714K people helped
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For how long can mallet finger go untreated before it becomes a permanent deformity?

Dr. Steven Brown
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
34 years in practice
714K people helped
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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Dr. Mark Einbecker
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
31 years in practice
671K people helped
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What can I do to remedy mallet finger?

Dr. Mark Einbecker
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
31 years in practice
671K people helped

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

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
44 years in practice
53M people helped
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I now have a mallet finger. What types of surgery can fix it?

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
44 years in practice
53M people helped
I now have a mallet finger. What types of surgery can fix it?

Pins, pins and wire: Surgical repair may be considered when mallet finger injuries also show signs of large fracture fragments or joint malalignment. In these cases, surgery is done to repair the fracture using pins, pins and wire, or even small screws. Surgery may also be considered if nonsurgical treatment fails. ...Read more

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