Mallet finger, also known as baseball finger, is an injury to the tendon that straightens the tip of the finger. You may be unable to straighten your finger.
There is usually a jamming injury to the tip of the finger.
You may have pain and swelling at the tip of the finger. You may be unable to straighten the tip of your finger. If the injury is old or if you do not seek medical care soon enough, you may permanently lose the ability to straighten your finger.
Your healthcare provider will examine your finger and review your symptoms. An X-ray may be taken to see if there is also a fracture. Commonly, the tendon will pull off a piece of the bone to which it is attached at the end of your finger.
To treat this condition:
It is important that you wear a splint for your mallet finger for at least 6 weeks after your injury. If you wear your splint as your healthcare provider has recommended you may return to your activities immediately. NOT wearing your splint can lead to permanent injury or deformity of your finger.
Everyone recovers from an injury at a different rate. Return to your activities depends on how soon your finger recovers, not by how many days or weeks it has been since your injury. The goal is to return to your normal activities as soon as is safely possible. If you return too soon you may worsen your injury. Ask your healthcare provider when you should start rehabilitation exercises and when you can return to normal activities.
Mallet finger is caused by a direct blow to the end of the finger during an accident that is usually not preventable.