Question: How do I know if my mallet finger is healed?

When it is time for your splint to come off, your provider will examine how well your finger has healed. Swelling in your finger when you are no longer wearing the splint may be a sign that the tendon has not healed yet. You may need another x-ray of your finger.

How long does mallet finger take to heal?

Recovery. It should take 6 to 8 weeks for your finger to heal, after which time youll be able to use it again. You may be advised to continue to only wear the splint at night for up to 4 more weeks.

How do I rehabilitate my mallet finger?

Fingertip stretchWith your good hand, grasp your problem finger. Your thumb will be on the top side of this finger. Place your thumb just below the joint that is closest to your fingernail. With your index finger, slowly push the tip of your problem finger up. Push until you feel a stretch. Repeat 2 to 4 times.

What is the best splint for mallet finger?

There are many splints on the market, but I have found the best way is an aluminum splint to keep the tip joint straight. Specifically, the tip of the finger should be kept straight but to allow free PIP and MP motions.

Do I need surgery for mallet finger?

Mallet finger injuries are usually treated without surgery, unless the injury is chronic. Even if you dont have much pain and your hand still works, its best to get treatment as soon as possible. But even delayed treatment with splinting can be successful .

What happens if a mallet finger doesnt heal?

If a mallet finger is left untreated, your finger can become stiff. Or the finger may develop a swan neck deformity, where the joint bends the wrong way. A mallet finger in children involves an additional concern. The injury may affect the cartilage in the finger that controls bone growth.

Can mallet finger be fixed after years?

Probably not. Most of the time, a mallet finger can be fixed by using an orthosis (or splint) that holds it straight for a several weeks; however, sometimes it can be more serious, which is why it is a good idea to have it professionally evaluated.

Can mallet finger be straightened?

With a mallet finger injury, the fingertip droops and cannot be actively straightened.

What happens if mallet finger goes untreated?

If a mallet finger is left untreated, your finger can become stiff. Or the finger may develop a swan neck deformity, where the joint bends the wrong way. A mallet finger in children involves an additional concern. The injury may affect the cartilage in the finger that controls bone growth.

Is mallet finger common?

Is it common? Mallet finger is a common injury . It can affect any of the fingers in your hand. Most mallet finger injuries affect the dominant hand.

Why is my mallet finger not healing?

Swelling in your finger when you are no longer wearing the splint may be a sign that the tendon has not healed yet. You may need another x-ray of your finger. If your finger has not healed at the end of treatment, your provider may recommend another 4 weeks of wearing the splint.

Should I fix my mallet finger?

If you have a mallet finger, it needs to be treated; it will not heal on its own. You should consult with your doctor, and possibly a hand surgeon.

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