Mallet finger is an injury to the thin tendon that helps straighten the end of a finger or thumb. Mallet finger is also known as “baseball finger,” however this injury can happen to anyone when an object (like a ball) strikes the tip of a finger or thumb and bends the finger further than it is supposed to go. As a result, the individual is not able to straighten the tip of the finger or thumb actively. There are three types of mallet finger injuries: 1) Damaged tendon, however no fractures are present, 2) Ruptured tendon with small fractures, 3) Ruptured tendon with a large fraction. Complications of mallet finger includes pressure sores, scarring, and limitations in finger flexion.
Conditions That Causes Mallet Finger
Jammed, crushed, or cut finger
Mallet Finger Symptoms
- Painful, swollen, and bruised finger
- Drooped fingertip
- Difficulty straightening out the finger without assistance
Treatment for Mallet Finger
- ASTR® Tools: Our doctors use a variety of ASTR® tools to release scar tissue and myofascial restriction, which can decrease pain and give symptom relief.
- Special exercise program to decrease inflammation, strengthen the muscles, and help the patient to return to normal function and activities.
- Special instructions on how to speed up the recovery time.
- Cold Laser Therapy: Tissue inflammation is common with a amllet finger. Cold laser is used in order to decrease inflammation and swelling that causes pain in the groin area.