Mallet Finger – Carrollton, TX
Dr. Neagle is a leading hand surgeon providing complete orthopedic care to the patients in Carrollton, TX. He specializes in diagnosing Mallet Finger as well as other injuries of other hand and wrist.

Mallet Finger

Mallet Finger is caused due to an injury of the Distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint that locks the finger in a flexed position. The injury may occur when any object strikes tip of the finger and forces it to bend beyond its limit. The finger looks like a mallet due to disruption of terminal part of extensor tendon from its insertion into distal phalanx. The injury is most commonly seen in baseball, football and volleyball players.

Causes Of Mallet Finger

  • Blunt force on distal interphalangeal joint
  • Crushing accidents
  • Cut on the finger while working in the kitchen
  • Direct hit on the finger such as while catching or dribbling the ball while playing basketball.

Symptoms Of Mallet Finger

  • Numbness may occur immediately after the injury
  • Tingling sensation
  • Sharp pain which may or may not radiate to the hand.
  • Redness
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Inability to extend the finger
  • Pain while trying to straighten the injured finger
  • Clicking or snapping sound in case of fracture

Diagnosis Of Mallet Finger

  • An orthopedic doctor may conduct physical examination to evaluate the symptoms.
  • Mallet Finger test may be done to assess the extent of injury. The doctor may hold the affected finger and ask the patient to straighten the fingertip on his own.
  • Radiological investigations like X-ray may be helpful in detecting a fracture.
  • Imaging tests may also help to identify presence of any foreign material in case of an open injury.

Treatment For Mallet Finger

Non-Surgical Treatment

  • Applying ice packs at frequent intervals may reduce the pain and swelling.  
  • Extension splint may be worn for about 6 week or more to allow the torn tendon to heal. The doctor may advise the patient to provide rest and limit the movement of the injured finger.  

Surgical Treatment

Surgical treatment may be recommended if the conservative methods fail to resolve the symptoms. The surgeon may take a tendon graft to fuse the DIP joint bones in a straightened position.

For diagnosis and treatment of Mallet Finger, visit Dr. Neagle. To schedule an appointment with the hand surgeon in Carrollton, TX, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.