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My brother was diagnosed with mallet finger. Any tips or suggestions for him?

My brother was diagnosed with mallet finger. Any tips or suggestions for him?

Continuous splinting: Soft-tissue mallet fingers (tendon only, no bone fracture) are my least favorite injury because results are almost always less than perfect. I used to splint continuously for 6 weeks and then at night only for 2. Now i splint continuously for 2 months followed by night only for 1 month. Best results the longer you splint full time. There will always be a lag (mallet deformity) to some degree. ...Read more

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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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I have been diagnosed with mallet finger w/a fracture. Will I be able to return to sports?

I have been diagnosed with mallet finger w/a fracture. Will I be able to return to sports?

Yes, most likely: Most soft tissue mallet finger injuries heal well without surgery and with a good outcome as long as the patient strictly adheres to the treatment recommendations. Discuss these recommendations with your treating orthopedic doctor. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with mallet finger with a fracture. Any ideas about returning to sports?

I have been diagnosed with mallet finger with a fracture. Any ideas about returning to sports?

What sport?: Most bony mallet fingers are treated with an extension splint that is worn full time for 6 weeks. If you are playing a sport requiring you to catch a ball, there is risk that you will reinjure the finger and displace the fracture. Once there is evidence on xray of sufficient healing, you would be able to return to sport with minimal risk. ...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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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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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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What is the mallet finger recovery time?

3 months: These require full time splinting for 6-8 weeks and then part time splinting for an additional month. When i say full time i mean full time. If the splint comes off and the finger droops you start from scratch. The splint also has to stay dry. There are relativly minor injuries but can be a major headache. ...Read more

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I have suspected mallet finger so what now?

I have suspected mallet finger so what now?

Splint: 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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Has anyone ever treated from mallet finger?

Has anyone ever treated from mallet finger?

Mallet finger: You should have an xray of the finger to check for fracture. If there is, need to make sure there is no evidence of joint subluxation. The vast majority of mallet fingers are treated with splinting of the finger fully extended straight. If fracture with subluxation, needs to be pinned. Good luck. ...Read more