Mallet (Baseball) Finger
The fracture occurs when the tip of the finger is injured, forcing it into flexion. This means that it bends down towards the palm and avulses the extensor tendon. This injury is common in basketball and baseball when trying to catch a ball. The symptoms include swelling, pain, and inability to straighten the affected finger.
The treatment involves splinting the finger in a straight position for six to eight weeks. Sometimes, surgical pinning the finger in a straight place is required along with splinting.
Possible Treatment Goals
- Improve Function
- Improve Muscle Strength and Power
- Self-care of Symptoms