treatment of mallet finger

A mallet finger describes loss of the extensor tendon insertion on the distal phalanx--either due to avulsion fracture, or tendon avulsion alone. The distal joint droops, thus the appearance of a "mallet". Historically, a high complication rate has been associated with operative intervention, thus splints have been used.

During your appontment I will check an xray to rule out fracture. A displaced fracture and volar subluxation of the phalanx may neccessitate surgery, otherwise a splint of the DIP joint will be worn for 8 weeks. Since this is a bit of an inconvenience, to say the least, I have begun offering the placement of a temporary pin for 8 weeks--to obviate the need for a splint. The early outcomes have been quite good--so this option, as well as the splint, will be discussed with you during your appointment.

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    Mallet Finger

    This condition is an injury to the end of the extensor tendon that straightens the finger's end joint, called the DIP joint. It results in drooping of the fingertip, and prevents the finger from being straightened.

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