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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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What exactly is mallet finger?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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