Mallet Finger

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Baseball Finger is more commonly known as Mallet Finger. This injury is a result of a disruption in the tendon that straightens the tip of the finger. The injury can be to the tendon alone, or it can be an avulsion fracture.

Symptoms

Fortunately this injury is not usually painful. People present as the tip of the finger is ‘drooping’ and they cant straighten it on its own.

Diagnosis

  • X-ray is needed to confirm whether the injury involves a fracture or not
  • Testing of the central slip and extensor tendon function

Treatment

Hand therapy is the accepted treatment for almost all mallet finger injuries. If conservative treatment fails, or if the fracture component is particularly large surgery may be indicated; however this is rare.

Hand therapists can:

  • Fabricate a custom splint
  • Kinesiology taping
  • Exercises to regain full movement and strength post splinting
  • Oedema (swelling) management if required

 

Come and see us at our Townsville Hand Therapy Practice!