Mallet finger is a very common condition we see in our clinics. It is usually caused by a ball hitting the end of the finger, damaging the tendon that straightens the end joint of the finger. The finger will usually look bent, and sometimes is painful and swollen.
Immediate splinting is the best treatment to correct the deformity and assist in healing. An X-ray is required to see if this is associated with a fracture of the finger.