Mallet finger (also called baseball finger or drop finger) is a
bent fingertip that can't be straightened. It is caused by a ruptured tendon
at the base of the finger joint near the fingertip that occurs when a finger is
bent with force, such as when you try to catch a ball and your fingertip is
struck by the ball.
Symptoms of mallet finger include a:
Bent fingertip that can't be
Painful and swollen fingertip.
Treatment includes splinting the injured finger in a straight
position for several weeks.
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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