Mallet Finger (cont.)
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Mallet Finger Symptoms
People with mallet finger may delay seeking medical attention, even though they may be in a great deal of pain, simply because they can still use their hand.
Symptoms of mallet finger may include the following:
When to Seek Medical Care
Contact doctor immediately to evaluate the injury to determine the need for X-ray films, and to repair any deep cuts. The doctor may recommend an appointment with a hand surgeon for further evaluation, splinting, or surgery.
A doctor may instruct a person with mallet finger to go to a hospital's emergency department for further evaluation.
Mallet Finger Diagnosis
X-ray films assist the doctor in determining if the bone is cracked or broken. Imaging studies may also assist the doctor to explore foreign debris in the cut (laceration).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/19/2014
Sachin J Shah, MD
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