Our fingers have tendons that are strong bands of fibrous tissue that are responsible for connecting muscles to our bones. When the extensor tendon, a main finger tendon, becomes damaged, it can result in a condition called mallet finger or sometimes referred to as baseball finger. In most cases, mallet finger is the result of blunt force or trauma to the extensor tendon resulting in a deformed or drooping finger that cannot straighten.
If you have a mallet finger injury, you may experience an array of symptoms, including swelling, bruising, and pain. You may also notice blood underneath the fingernail of the finger that was injured. Most people can make a full recovery from this hand condition within a week with rest, ice, and elevation of the finger; however, if nonsurgical treatments are not successful, surgery may be recommended.
To learn more about the treatment options available for mallet finger, please complete the appointment request box or call 509-344-HAND (4263) to schedule a consultation with a Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists specialty-trained hand doctor.