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Can I take this splint off mallet finger?
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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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