Mallet Finger is a common cause of finger pain and is characterised by the ‘Mallet Finger deformity'. With a Mallet Finger deformity the finger is bent at the tip and the patient cannot straighten it out using their own effort. The finger can be straightened out using the other hand. Pain and swelling in the finger tip bone joint is also experienced.
The offending joint should be protected in a Finger Splint for 6 weeks. After this, the Finger Splint is worn for a few more weeks but can be removed for physiotherapy treatment. Exercises using Hand Therapy Balls and Therapeutic Putty can be very helpful to regain mobility. Grip and finger Strengthening Devices can also be useful to restore normal hand and finger strength.
Common Mallet Finger injury signs & symptoms:
|Consult a sports injury expert|
|Apply cold therapy to relieve pain|
|Wear a finger splint to aid healing and for protection|
|Regain dexterity with therapeutic putty|
|Relieve finger stiffness with hand therapy balls|
|Improve finger & grip strength with resistance exercises|
|Tape fingers during sport for protection|