Shopping Cart
Your Cart is Empty
There was an error with PayPalClick here to try again
CelebrateThank you for your business!You should be receiving an order confirmation from Paypal shortly.Exit Shopping Cart



Mallet Finger

Posted on May 10, 2017 at 3:25 PM

Mallet finger is a common finger deformity, that I just happened to recently experience. I have injured my fingers when I was younger and playing ball, but usually I experienced some pretty intense bruising and swelling without loss of function. That did not happen this time, so needless to say I was in a bit of denial at first.

Mallet finger is a disruption of the extensor tendon (back side of the hand) over the distal interphalangeal joint. When the extensor tendon is disrupted there is no structure left to extend the joint, resulting in a fingertip that does not straighten and remains in a flexed position. This occurs when the joint experiences trauma, forcing the joint into a flexed position and tearing the tendon. This is seen in athletics when a ball hits the ends of the finger tips (a kickball in my case). It can also be common for the tendon to remain intact, but instead to pull away at the bone resulting in an avulsion fracture. If this injury is left untreated, it will heal in the flexed position and cause difficulty with certain activities such as putting on gloves or putting your hand in your pocket.

In general, the treatment process consists of splinting in neutral or hyperextension for 4-8 weeks. Splints can vary depending on your provider. However, if there is an open injury (such as a cut or laceration), the structures may need stitches. Regardless if there is a fracture or dislocation, treatment will start with splinting and if the injury is deemed unstable or splinting options have failed, surgery may be an option.

Now I am not down and out for 4 to 8 weeks. I am not sitting around and hoping for the best. As long as the injury is properly splinted activity can resume as tolerated. Things like my grip strength have decreased because I am now gripping with two fingers and my thumb versus my whole hand which is not an issue until I try to pour from a gallon of milk or swing kettlebells around my waist. I am still working out and only have to modify a few exercises (but there are so many to choose from anyway that there is just not a reason to quit!). Always make sure your healthcare provider and you are on the same page. While many activities can still be maintained, proper modifications will be made based on how many structures were injured and how much grip the activity requires.

So the injury site is splinted, should it be massaged? Well, yes and no. The injured site right at the joint should not be massaged during the early stages of healing, as we need the scar tissue to be the natural glue to hold everything together. In the early stages of healing with the splint on, motion is restricted causing other joints and muscles to compensate. While I do not recommend the finger to be massaged, I very much recommend the hand ( with modification), wrist and upper extremity ( at least up to the shoulder) to be massaged. This will help bring in healing nutrients and keep the muscles balanced from both the trauma and compensation.


After initial splinting has ended, then your healthcare provider will help you to ween out of the splint. It will be determined which activities are ok and not ok out of the splint. Exercises will be given to regain normal motion. If everything goes well, you will avoid surgery. Always ask questions and understand where you are in your healing process. This is what your healthcare provider is for and your fingers are important. Take care!

Categories: athletic training, injury prevention, health

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.


Reply bape hoodie
11:18 PM on June 30, 2022 
A lot of thanks for all your hard work on this blog. Betty delights in going through investigation and it's really obvious why. We all know all concerning the powerful method you provide very useful guidelines on this website and even strongly encourage contribution from other ones on this subject plus our favorite girl has always been understanding so much. Enjoy the remaining portion of the year. Your carrying out a useful job.
bape hoodie
Reply jordan shoes
11:18 PM on June 30, 2022 
I would like to express some appreciation to you for rescuing me from this challenge. Because of checking throughout the the web and meeting proposals that were not beneficial, I assumed my entire life was done. Living without the presence of strategies to the issues you have resolved all through your entire posting is a critical case, as well as those which might have negatively affected my entire career if I hadn't noticed your site. Your good training and kindness in touching a lot of stuff was important. I'm not sure what I would have done if I hadn't come upon such a step like this. I can now look forward to my future. Thank you very much for this reliable and effective guide. I will not be reluctant to endorse the blog to any individual who should receive tips on this topic.
jordan shoes
Reply kobe byrant shoes
11:18 PM on June 30, 2022 
My wife and i have been now joyous Jordan managed to carry out his analysis by way of the ideas he made out of your site. It is now and again perplexing to simply happen to be freely giving helpful tips which men and women may have been selling. And we realize we need the blog owner to be grateful to because of that. The illustrations you've made, the easy website navigation, the relationships you can aid to instill - it's got everything awesome, and it is letting our son in addition to us feel that the subject matter is excellent, which is wonderfully indispensable. Thanks for everything!
kobe byrant shoes
Reply golden goose outlet
11:18 PM on June 30, 2022 
My spouse and i were so fortunate when Albert managed to carry out his homework through your precious recommendations he came across while using the web site. It is now and again perplexing just to find yourself handing out information and facts some other people might have been trying to sell. And now we acknowledge we need the writer to appreciate for this. The entire explanations you've made, the simple web site menu, the friendships your site give support to engender - it is many astonishing, and it's letting our son and us reason why the concept is exciting, and that is truly important. Thank you for the whole lot!
golden goose outlet
Reply valleditures
7:50 PM on June 30, 2022 
dunk low chicago bulls 75th washington nationals winter hats houston tx off white x nike cheap all white shoes mbappe pink boots cincinnati reds trucker hat xl mlb 2019 all star game merchandise for cheap
Reply lemmacres
7:49 PM on June 30, 2022 
adidas eqt support gray indo western dresses for birthday elite julius thomas mens jersey jacksonville jaguars 80 drift fashion teal green nfl belgium soccer jersey 2019 red bottoms for men jayson tatum youth t shirt
Reply viseriq
11:33 AM on June 30, 2022 
women nike oakland raiders 83 brandon myers elite black team color nfl jersey sale 4x football pants modest summer dresses for women undertaker hat and coat in ring elite carson wentz mens usa flag fashion jersey philadelphia eagles 11 lights out grey nfl nike spiridon 1
Reply pa-clan
11:32 AM on June 30, 2022 
nike gt2 phantom birthday dress in winter brooklyn nets friends jersey calgary flames jarome iginla 12 green replica jersey sale moncler edward jacket sell christian louboutin
Reply hotelsoham
11:05 AM on June 30, 2022 
pandora ale 54 clip disney pandora bob marley long sleeve mother outfits moncler fringe jacket air jordan xx9 svart red
Reply novynha
11:05 AM on June 30, 2022 
new york yankees italian hat designer floral a line midi dress sony michel color rush jersey nfl breast cancer knit hats 07 air jordan 4 hvid cement restock new york yankees bandana hat vietnam
Reply off white clothing
12:09 AM on June 30, 2022 
I as well as my pals were examining the best guidelines located on your web blog and suddenly I got an awful feeling I had not thanked the blog owner for those secrets. Most of the young men were definitely for that reason excited to see all of them and have in effect absolutely been using them. I appreciate you for being simply thoughtful and for making a choice on certain fine subject areas most people are really wanting to learn about. Our own sincere regret for not saying thanks to earlier.
off white clothing
Reply supreme clothing
12:09 AM on June 30, 2022 
I'm commenting to make you understand what a perfect experience my wife's princess experienced viewing your site. She figured out lots of things, including how it is like to have an amazing helping spirit to make a number of people completely gain knowledge of chosen complex subject matter. You really exceeded our own expected results. Thanks for displaying such informative, dependable, explanatory and as well as cool guidance on the topic to Emily.
supreme clothing
Reply retro jordans
12:09 AM on June 30, 2022 
Thank you so much for providing individuals with such a memorable possiblity to read in detail from this website. It is always so nice and stuffed with amusement for me and my office mates to search your web site at the very least thrice weekly to read the latest guides you have. And lastly, I am just actually pleased with the powerful knowledge served by you. Some 3 points in this posting are basically the finest we've ever had.
retro jordans
Reply supreme
12:09 AM on June 30, 2022 
I together with my friends have already been digesting the best techniques located on your website while at once developed a terrible feeling I had not thanked you for them. My boys became so happy to read them and have now in fact been taking pleasure in them. Thanks for being indeed accommodating and also for considering variety of cool tips millions of individuals are really needing to learn about. My very own sincere apologies for not saying thanks to earlier.
Reply supreme clothing
12:09 AM on June 30, 2022 
I have to voice my respect for your kindness supporting persons that really need guidance on in this area. Your real commitment to getting the message throughout appeared to be certainly powerful and has really made women just like me to realize their goals. Your own valuable hints and tips signifies a whole lot a person like me and additionally to my fellow workers. Regards; from all of us.
supreme clothing
Reply jordan 12
12:09 AM on June 30, 2022 
My husband and i ended up being now lucky Louis could round up his analysis while using the precious recommendations he was given out of the web site. It's not at all simplistic to simply choose to be giving for free secrets and techniques which others may have been trying to sell. And we also already know we now have the website owner to be grateful to because of that. The entire explanations you made, the straightforward site navigation, the relationships you help foster - it is most exceptional, and it's helping our son in addition to the family believe that this idea is entertaining, which is certainly exceptionally essential. Thanks for all!
jordan 12
Reply jordan 4
12:09 AM on June 30, 2022 
My spouse and i got contented Louis could round up his investigations from your precious recommendations he grabbed when using the web site. It is now and again perplexing to simply find yourself giving freely tips and tricks men and women might have been selling. And we all recognize we need you to be grateful to because of that. All of the illustrations you made, the straightforward blog navigation, the friendships your site make it possible to promote - it is mostly terrific, and it's making our son and our family reckon that the theme is brilliant, and that is especially fundamental. Thank you for all!
jordan 4
Reply supreme clothing
12:09 AM on June 30, 2022 
I truly wanted to write down a simple message to be able to appreciate you for all the nice secrets you are placing at this website. My prolonged internet search has now been paid with professional know-how to talk about with my family and friends. I would believe that many of us website visitors actually are very much blessed to exist in a wonderful website with many special people with useful plans. I feel rather happy to have encountered the webpages and look forward to really more amazing moments reading here. Thanks once again for all the details.
supreme clothing
Reply air jordan
12:09 AM on June 30, 2022 
I have to point out my passion for your generosity in support of men and women who really want assistance with that study. Your very own commitment to getting the message all over was certainly practical and has specifically empowered guys and women much like me to attain their desired goals. The useful facts entails a lot to me and even more to my office workers. Warm regards; from everyone of us.
air jordan
Reply nike sb
12:08 AM on June 30, 2022 
I have to express my appreciation to this writer for bailing me out of this particular incident. Because of exploring throughout the world-wide-web and meeting notions that were not powerful, I thought my entire life was over. Being alive without the presence of answers to the issues you have sorted out as a result of your good guide is a crucial case, as well as the kind that might have badly affected my career if I had not come across the website. That natural talent and kindness in handling every item was crucial. I'm not sure what I would've done if I hadn't encountered such a point like this. It's possible to at this moment look ahead to my future. Thanks so much for this expert and sensible help. I will not be reluctant to refer your blog post to anyone who ought to have recommendations on this area.
nike sb