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Comment from: PetLover, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 01

I was cleaning up cat barf on a light carpet and scrubbing with the sponge quite vigorously. As I pushed forward my middle finger (right hand unfortunately) was driven forward and under. Ouch! I immediately iced it thinking it was just out of joint. My husband wanted to push it back in; no! I waited over 3 weeks till the online nurse said to get to emergency room. Tendon was severed and it was splinted for over 3 months. Now it is in the Silver Ring Splint but it is no better. Now I am looking into having a permanent pin put in for the mallet finger. I would rather have it permanently straight than hanging down.

Comment from: BigK9mama, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

I have had two mallet fingers. The first one was my middle finger on my right hand about 8 months ago. I was tucking a cover into the seat of a recliner when I hit my finger on one of the support bars of the chair. I heard a loud pop and experienced extreme pain. The tip of my middle finger was bent at a 90 degree angle and would not move. I did not seek medical attention for it. Instead I splinted it for about 6 weeks and it healed mostly. The finger is usable and just locks occasionally. My second mallet finger occurred about 2 or 3 months ago and was to my pinkie finger on my right hand. I was pushing clothes into a laundry bag that was next to the bed headboard. I pushed my pinkie directly into the bed post (wooden about 4x4 inches) and heard a loud pop and immediate pain. The tip of my pinkie was at about a 120 degree angle. The entire finger swelled and was extremely sore. I sought medical attention after a couple of days and learned that I had ruptured my ligament and fortunately did not show any fractures. I was given a splint that I wore for 6 weeks. This finger has not healed well and will probably require surgery to correct it. As of now this finger is only 50 percent usable.

Comment from: S in MN, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

I jammed my pinkie finger into our bedpost while putting laundry bag. This resulted in rupturing the ligament and being in a splint for 6 weeks. Some improvement has occurred, but I still have deformity in the tip of the pinkie finger and little or no mobility of the tip. I suspect that I will need surgery to repair the ligament attachment to the joint. This has surprisingly been a very debilitating injury as I am right handed and injured my right pinkie.

Comment from: Older Lady, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

I bought a new mattress, one of those 20 inch thick types, but I had my old sheets that fit only a 15 inch mattress. While pulling on the last corner, I heard a pop, pulled out my hand and saw a weird looking ring finger. It was bent sideways and the tip hung lifeless. I thought this can't be good. I saw the doctor three days later. He said if I wore the splint for six weeks, it would be fine. After six weeks the fingertip still looked the same. The doctor said to wear it another two weeks. After 8 weeks it still looked the same. Now the next step is to have it pinned for another 8 weeks and the doctor says there is no guarantee it will be straight. He told me, I only have a three month window to try and fix the problem and it's getting awful close, wish me luck. I will relay my progress after the pinning operation. Also, I will need physical therapy on the injured knuckle. Moral, don't try and save money by using old sheets on a new mattress. Figure it'll cost me nearly USD 7,000 before it's all said and done! New sheets were cheaper.

Comment from: bookbert, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

The shopping cart at the garden center had a collapsible top shelf. I had to lift it up and then it folded down. It came down before I expected and pinched the top of my finger between the shelf and the frame. After the initial smash the finger did not really hurt much but I noticed I couldn't straighten it. Now I am in a splint for at least 6 weeks and seeing a hand specialist for the mallet finger because I am a piano player.

Comment from: capemama, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 08

I was playing volleyball and received a hard serve in an attempt to set the ball. It felt a little different from a regular jammed finger. It got very tight right away. I continued to play, attempting to protect it, then splinted it to another finger during a break and iced it after the game. Regular primary care doctor didn't think it was broken or that tendon was damaged, but sent me for x-rays just in case. Then he just had me wear a generic finger splint. Three weeks later I felt no improvement and went to an orthopedist. He gave me a stacked splint and sent me to a hand specialist. My mistake was not going right away to a hand specialist. He had a custom splint made for mallet finger so that I could bend the healthy joints so with the new splint I am back at square 1, but finally feel on the right track. Keeping the other fingers crossed!

Comment from: Doc, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 12

My mallet finger was caused by a dog bite (not one of my dogs) and I am experiencing very acute pain after having it splinted by a hand surgeon today. The uppermost joint was fractured and the dog bite occurred 3 weeks ago.

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