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Mallet Finger. Keefer Kimball, Kayla Gibbs. What it is!. deformity of a finger caused when the extensor tendon is damaged. (DIP joint) Finger is unable to extend. Also called baseball finger. Mechanism of Injury.

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mallet finger

Mallet Finger

Keefer Kimball, Kayla Gibbs

what it is
What it is!
  • deformity of a finger caused when the extensor tendon is damaged. (DIP joint)
  • Finger is unable to extend.
  • Also called baseball finger
mechanism of injury
Mechanism of Injury
  • When a ball or other object strikes the tip of the finger or thumb, the force damages the thin tendon that straightens the finger.
treatment
Treatment
  • Treatment include surgery or Mallet splint for 6 to 8 weeks
  • Or extension block k-wire for 4 weeks.
treatment part 2
Treatment Part 2
  • The splint allows the tendon to return to normal length
  • If the finger is bent during these weeks the healing process must start all over again.
  • Surgery is used to reattach the tendon and is usually performed within a week of the injury.
r ecovery
Recovery
  • Will completely recover!
  • Resume life with little to no restrictions after healing.
  • Don’t loose many degrees of movement.
anatomy
Anatomy
  • DIP joint of fingers or thumb; extensor tendon
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