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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