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Dr. Kent Chou
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
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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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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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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


Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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Dr. Ajay Balaram
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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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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Dr. David Tuckman
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
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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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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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Dr. Steven Brown
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
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Can you tell me what do I do for mallet finger?

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
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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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Dr. Steven Brown
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
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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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Dr. Mark Einbecker
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
30 years in practice
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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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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
43 years in practice
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I now have a mallet finger. What types of surgery can fix it?

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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Dr. David Hildreth
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
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How do doctors treat a mallet finger?

How do doctors treat a mallet finger?

Usually a splint: There are only a few indications to operate on a mallet finger. Most mallet injuries are of the closed type and there is no bone injury(fracture). These injuries are treated with a splint. The treatment usually requires at least six to eight weeks of continuous splinting and the results are equal to operative "repair". Surgery maybe indicated for fractures or open injuries. ...Read more

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