What is mallet finger?
Mallet finger is a bent fingertip that won't straighten.
It happens after an injury tears the tendon on the top of your finger. Tendons are tissue that connect a muscle to a bone.
The torn tendon makes your fingertip droop
Mallet finger usually happens when you jam your finger, such as by catching a ball
A splint that holds your fingertip straight may let the tendon heal
Sometimes the tendon doesn't heal and your fingertip stays bent
Sometimes the injury also cracks the bottom of the bone in your fingertip.
What are the symptoms of mallet finger?
Your finger is:
Bent at the end joint
A little painful
How do doctors tell if I have mallet finger?
Doctors can usually tell by examining your finger. They may also check for a fracture by doing:
How do doctors treat mallet finger?
Doctors straighten the finger and have you wear a splint that keeps the finger bent slightly upward. You will wear the splint for 6 to 8 weeks.
If your fingertip bone is broken, your doctor may do surgery.