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
- Forceful blow
- Hard hit
- Sports injury
Signs & Symptoms
- Apparent deformity
- Detached nail bed
- Drooping fingertip
- Inability to straighten finger
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.