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Mallet Finger (cont.)

Mallet Finger Prevention

To prevent mallet finger injuries, use caution when participating in activities, including athletic events. To prevent injuries from happening again to the same finger, leave the splint on for the entire time the doctor has recommended.

Mallet Finger Prognosis

Results of treatment of mallet finger injuries vary.

  • Most people regain full function of the finger with no long-term effects.
  • Some people will develop a long-term deformity known as a swan neck, which involves the all of the finger joints. This may require additional surgical correction.
  • For minor mallet finger injuries, splinting and surgery have been shown to have the same results.

Mallet Finger Pictures

This person's index finger has been injured, producing a condition called mallet finger.
This person's index finger has been injured, producing a condition called mallet finger. Click to view larger image.

Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

REFERENCE: Mallet Finger.

Previous contributing coatuhors and editors: Coauthor(s): Steven Nazario, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Richard Harrigan, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Temple University Hospital, Temple University School of Medicine.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/9/2015
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Mallet Finger - Causes

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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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