Mallet Finger Treatment

What is Mallet Finger?

Mallet finger is a condition which occurs when the tendon on the back of the finger or thumb is pulled away from the muscle and bone. This causes the finger to droop. While you may be able to push the finger back into its normal position, you will not be able to hold it there unsupported.


Mallet finger is usually caused by a blow to the finger, such as a ball hitting the fingertip. It can also be caused by a crushing accident or if your finger tendon has been cut.

Mallet Finger Symptoms

Typical mallet finger symptoms include:


  • Pain and tenderness at the outermost joint
  • Swelling and redness soon after the injury
  • Inability to completely extend the finger
Hand Conditions, Splint, Mallet Finger

Mallet Finger Assessment

Your hand therapy practitioner will assess your finger to make a clear diagnosis. This assessment will probably include:


  • Examining the affected area for signs of swelling and redness
  • Assessing your ability to extend your finger
  • Determining if you have pain at the outermost joint

 Mallet Finger Treatments

Treatment for mallet finger usually involves the following:


  • Creation of a small thermoplastic splint for the back of your finger
  • In some cases, surgery may be required

What’s Next?

If you think you may have mallet finger, consult one of our hand therapy practitioners today.


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