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 & Treatments

  • 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.
These lists are not inclusive of all conditions and procedures. In order to obtain a complete and accurate diagnosis, a physician should assess your individual situation. Following diagnosis, your physician will discuss appropriate treatment options with you – both surgical and non-surgical. Schedule an appointment with an Orthopedic ONE physician.