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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

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 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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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

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Please define what mallet finger is?

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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Could I have mallet finger if I have finger pain?

Could I have mallet finger if I have finger pain?

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. ...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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Can i work using splint for a mallet finger?

Can i work using splint for a mallet finger?

Yes: As long as the finger is allowed to maintain extension in the splint. If the finger is allowed to flex at all it reduces the likelihood of healing and you may be left with an inability to fully extend the finger. ...Read more

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What could cause a mallet finger injury / bump on finger?

What could cause a mallet finger injury / bump on finger?

A blow to the finger: A blow to the tip of the extended finger causes a mallet finger, either by tearing the tendon or causing a piece of bone to pull off with the tendon. These should be treated with splinting for 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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It appears that I have mallet finger, how do I splint it?

It appears that I have mallet finger, how do I splint it?

See a Hand Surgeon: I would recommend you see a hand surgeon because splinting for these has to be done in a very specific way. If not treated correctly you will compromise your results. ...Read more

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Is it possible that my 3 month old mallet finger be cured with splinting?

Possible: Although much less successful in that time frame than acute splinting it can still be successful and would be the initial treatment of choice. ...Read more