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Mallet Finger (cont.)

Mallet Finger Treatment

Treatment depends on the severity of the injury. First aid at home includes icing the finger and cleaning and dressing any cuts that may be present. More serious injuries may require stitches or surgery.

Mallet Finger Self-Care at Home

  • Apply ice to the injured finger joint to reduce swelling and tenderness. Wrap ice in a towel; do not apply ice directly to skin. A bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel conforms nicely to the hand.
  • Take care not to injure the finger even more.
  • If a cut is also present, clean the cut under running water for a few minutes, then wrap the finger with clean gauze or a cloth. Apply a moderate amount of pressure to help stop any bleeding.

Medical Treatment

  • If the finger is not broken or cut, or if only a small fracture is present, the doctor will apply a splint to the end of the finger so it remains in the extended position. With a splint, the outermost joint on the injured finger is not bendable, but the rest of the finger is bendable. This splint needs to be worn for at least 6 weeks, perhaps longer, to ensure that the tendon is given the best chance of healing.
  • The doctor will repair any cuts or damage to the skin. And, if necessary, the tendon may be stitched (sutured) to repair it.
  • For pain relief, apply ice to the joint.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/9/2015
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Loss of extensor tendon continuity at the distal interphalangeal joint (DIPJ) causes the joint to rest in an abnormally flexed position.

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