Mallet Finger Overview
Mallet finger is a common athletic injury. Basketball and baseball players routinely experience jammed fingers, but the injury can occur because of a crushing accident on the job or even because of a cut finger while working in the kitchen. Any rapid motion that jams the tip of a finger against an object can cause a mallet finger. This most commonly occurs at the index or middle fingers.
Mallet Finger Causes
Mallet finger occurs when the outermost (end) joint of the finger is injured. With mallet finger, the tendon on the back of the finger (not the palm side) is separated from the joint it connects. Three types of injuries commonly occur:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/19/2014
Sachin J Shah, MD
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