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Comment from: TWHladyinLV, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I had a horse-riding accident where I fell off the horse and hit the metal rail in the arena. I broke four ribs and had a blow-out fracture of the orbital floor of my left eye. I had pain in my little finger and noticed it would not straighten, but my other areas of pain where so overwhelming I didn't do anything about the finger right away. After a few weeks the finger was still very painful I had it x-rayed and it showed there was a fracture at the joint. Now I am to go to a hand MD to get a mallet brace for now.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

I was scrubbing a stain on the carpet with a hand towel and I heard a pop and felt a quick jab of pain. After I finished cleaning (with other hand), I realized the tip would not go up. I made a splint with 2 sticks and tape and saw a doctor a few days later. It has been eight weeks wearing the splint and I am supposed to see a physical therapist next week. I get stinging pains in the finger alot, like a needle is being pushed thru it.

Comment from: Lolie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

My mallet finger injury occurred as I was tucking the cover on my love seat in between the creases. I heard a pop sound and looked at my fingers and realized that my index finger was hanging. I just thought my finger just needed to be popped back into place so I made and appointment to see the doctor. It would take four days to see him, and in the meantime I bumped it quite a bit. This time it really hurt and got swollen so I went to emergency. There, I found out it was a mallet finger so now I'm waiting to see a specialist and hoping my finger isn't going to be deformed. Now it has been almost four weeks without any care.

Comment from: idiot bedmaker, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 12

I was making the bed and jammed my hand down the back to push the sheets under the mattress. I didn't realize how short the pocket was. I heard as sharp crack as the flexor tendon went. I've iced it and now I'm in a splint, but there is no real pain.

Comment from: Pianoman, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 20

I've had 2 mallet finger injuries. One injury happened nine years ago while undressing. I was taking off a pair of pants that fit rather snugly. My hand lost its grip on the waistband, of the pants; my hand slipped, and my middle finger got caught either on the pocket or the folds of material. This was truly a freak accident! My second mallet finger injury (on my other hand) happened just three months ago. This injury occurred as I was making the bed and shoving the sheets between the mattress and box spring. Both injuries were not painful when they occurred. I did, however, both times hear a sound as if someone had snapped their finger.

Comment from: Olive oil, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 31

I was cleaning the carpet with a soft cloth- heard "crunching" or "cracking" sound, and when I strained up to finish, my finger was just hanging there. After 6 weeks of wearing a splint as the doctor prescribed, there is little/no difference. There was never any pain involved with this.

Comment from: BearRed1, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 13

I was playing basketball and the ball hit my fingertip after a strange carom off the rim. It didn't feel that bad, but I did notice swelling and the bent tip, which I could bend back into the correct position, but could not maintain in that position. I fashioned a popsicle stick splint to correct the bend and give it support, then saw the doctor a day later. He recognized it as mallet finger.

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