A variety of over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers may be prescribed depending on other health conditions.
When the fracture is large and causes tendon damage, the decision may be made to operate on the finger for the best results. A hand specialist or surgeon performs this surgery.
A hand specialist may monitor the progress of the injury, especially if a deformity in the finger may develop.
If a cut is repaired, a return to the doctor may be necessary in 10 days to have the sutures removed.
To prevent such injuries, take care when participating in activities, including athletic events. To prevent injuries from happening again to the same finger, leave the splint on for the entire time the doctor has recommended.
Results of treatment of mallet finger injuries vary.
- Many people regain full function of the finger with no long-term effects.
- Other people develop a long-term deformity known as a swan neck, which involves the finger joints.
- For minor mallet finger injuries, splinting and surgery have been shown to have the same results.
For More Information
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
6300 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018-4262
(800) 346-AAOS (2267)
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Baseball Finger
Merck Manual of Medical Information, Deformities, Mallet Finger
Media file 1: This person's index finger has been injured, producing a condition called mallet finger.