Mallet Finger

Mallet Finger

Mallet finger, also known as “baseball finger,” is a condition that affects the finger’s ability to straighten at its end joint. At Dr. Isaac Bone & Joint Speciality Hospital, we specialize in diagnosing and treating mallet finger, offering comprehensive care to restore finger function and prevent long-term complications. This condition typically occurs due to trauma, such as jamming or forcefully bending the finger, leading to damage or tearing of the extensor tendon located on the back of the finger. Consequently, the affected finger cannot fully extend at the end joint, causing it to droop or remain bent.

Symptoms of mallet finger may include pain, swelling, and tenderness at the end of the finger, along with difficulty straightening the finger or holding objects. In some cases, visible bruising or deformity of the affected finger may also be present. Diagnosis of mallet finger usually involves a physical examination and assessment of symptoms.

 Imaging studies like X-rays may be conducted to evaluate the extent of tendon injury and rule out associated fractures or dislocations.

Treatment options for mallet finger vary depending on the severity of the injury. Conservative measures often involve immobilizing the affected finger in a splint, known as a “mallet finger splint,” to keep it straight and allow the tendon to heal properly. Splinting is typically recommended for 6 to 8 weeks, with continuous wear during the day and night. Additionally, buddy taping the affected finger to an adjacent finger may provide added support and stability during the healing process. In cases of severe tendon injury or when conservative methods fail, surgical intervention may be necessary to repair or reconstruct the damaged tendon.

At Dr. Isaac Bone & Joint Speciality Hospital, our team of hand specialists and orthopedic surgeons is dedicated to providing personalized care to patients with mallet finger. We collaborate closely with each patient to develop a treatment plan tailored to their individual needs and goals, with the objective of restoring finger function and preventing long-term complications. If you are experiencing symptoms of mallet finger, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our specialists at Dr. Isaac Bone & Joint Speciality Hospital. We are committed to helping you find relief and regain function in your finger, enabling you to return to your daily activities with comfort and confidence.