A disruption of the extensor tendon at the tip joint of a finger. It commonly occurs from tucking in sheets/clothing or from jamming the tip of the finger (forced flexion), and results in a droop at the tip of the finger.
Mallet finger is commonly managed by splinting full-time for six to eight weeks, 24 hours a day, followed by an additional two to four weeks of weaning from the splint. The success of this splinting protocol depends on keeping the splint in the appropriate position of slight hyperextension and knowing how to appropriately clean and care for the finger during this extended period of immobilization.
Your hand therapist can provide you with one or more splints that will work for your lifestyle, and can advise you on how make your injury outcome as successful as possible.
Please note that the information on this page is for reference only and not a substitute for medical advice. If you have a hand injury or condition that requires treatment, please see your physician or hand therapist for an assessment.