Our fingers have tendons that are strong bands of fibrous tissue 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, 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 unsuccessful, surgery may be recommended.
To learn more about the treatment options available for mallet finger, please complete the appointment request box or call (251) 450-2746 to schedule a consultation with a specialty-trained hand doctor at The Orthopaedic Group, P.C.