Mallet finger is a very common condition seen in our practice. It is commonly caused by a ball hitting the end of the finger, however there are various other causes. This results in damage to the tendon that straightens the end joint of the finger. The finger will usually appear bent and is often 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.