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How long will it take to repair a mallet finger?

How long will it take to repair a mallet finger?

12 weeks: Mallet finger typically responds to careful splinting alone. Most surgeons would recommend 8 weeks of full time splinting with a special manner to put on and take off the splint with the fingertip always extended, followed by nighttime splinting by 4 weeks. After that time, most patients can discontinue their splints and start working on range of motion. Compliance is a must to optimize the result. ...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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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?

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?

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?

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

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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 are some common causes of mallet finger?

A mallet finger: Can be from a pulled tendon or a fracture. In both cases thre is incontinuity of the extensor tendon to the tip of the finger causing a droop as far as causes. It has also been called baseball finger ( hint there) i've seen it from making a bed . Basketball, workplace trauma sports, laceration , dog leashes, reigns from riding horses, falls . Torque feom machinery essentially any trauma. ...Read more

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