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Mallet Finger


When a ball or other object forcefully hits the tip of the finger, causing injury, the condition is called mallet finger. It also is known as “jamming a finger” or “baseball finger.” Read on for more about symptoms and treatment.

Causes & Triggers

  • Accident
  • Forceful blow
  • Hard hit
  • Sports injury

Signs & Symptoms

  • Apparent deformity
  • Bruising
  • Detached nail bed
  • Drooping fingertip
  • Inability to straighten finger
  • Pain
  • Swelling

Tips & Treatment

  • Mallet finger results from damage to the finger’s extensor tendon.
  • Seek immediate medical attention (within 7 days of injury), especially in children.
  • X-rays and splinting may be required.
  • Most mallet finger injuries do not require surgical intervention.
  • Surgery may be required if the mallet finger also shows signs of fracture.
  • Consult an orthopedic hand specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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