Treatments & Conditions | Hand Microsurgery in Erie, PA

Mallet Finger

A mallet finger is a tear in the tendon that controls the tip of your finger and causes the loss of ability to straighten the end of your finger. Initial treatment of mallet finger is non-surgical, and will most likely require splinting.

Your splint must be removed on a daily basis to examine your skin. While changing the splint, your finger must remain supported in the extended (straight) position. This is most easily accomplished by placing the tip of your finger on the edge of a table. 

If proper care instructions are followed, your mallet finger should heal in approximately 8-12 weeks. If left unsupported, however, re-injury will occur causing your splinting time to start again.

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