About Mallet Finger
Mallet finger is an injury to the tip of the finger that results in the tip of the finger bending down or drooping towards the palm. It is most often the result of a finger being jammed into an object. These injuries are frequently seen in sports, with a ball striking the fingertip, although it may happen to anyone. Patients with this problem may notice pain and swelling of the affected finger. These injuries always involve the extensor tendons of the finger and may also involve several other critical structures of the finger. Frequently these injuries are associated with a fracture, or broken bone. Untreated cases may result in chronic pain, inability to extend the fingertip, arthritis or deformities of the finger, such as swan-neck deformity.
Given the delicacy and complexity of the ligaments and tendons of the finger, a hand surgeon skilled in diagnosis and treatment of this problem should guide decisions in treatment. Often the finger will have good recovery with splinting or temporary pinning. Occasionally, surgery is required for the optimal outcomes in terms of pain, motion and appearance.
If you are concerned regarding this problem, we can perform a detailed examination, order tests as needed and discuss the options with you and find the option that best suits your needs. Contact us today.