Fair Oaks Orthopedics

Having A Mallet Finger Unfortunately Means You Have Damaged The Tendon In Your Finger.

Mallet Finger Treatment- The fingers and thumb have many bones and tendons that work togehter to straighten and bend. Flexor tendons are on the palm side of your hand and they serve to bend your fingers. Extensor tendons are on the top of your hand and they straighten your fingers and thumb when bent. 

Mallet Finger Treatment- If you have experienced a mallet injury, it happens when an object hits the tip of your finger or thumb, tearing the extensor tendon. This often occurs when playing baseball, but in some cases, even in a minor incident, like tucking in a bedsheet, it can cause you to have a mallet finger.

The mallet finger condition is sometimes referred to as “baseball finger,” but the blow of any hard object can injure a finger or your thumb. Mallet finger causes immediate pain and swelling and can cause the  long-term inablity to function correctly.

Mallet Finger - Baseball Injuries - Sports Medicine Othopedics Fairfax VA

Mallet Finger Treatment-A mallet finger (also called the baseball finger) is a deformity of a finger caused by injury or trauma. When the fingertip gets jammed, the end (smallest) joint of the finger just before the fingernail droops and looks crooked. This gives the finger the appearance of a mallet or hammer, hence the name “Mallet Finger”.

We know how important having a pain-free hand, finger motion and function is to our patients as well as the ability to do daily activities, including work, self-care, sports. We are here to help you.  Our orthopedic practice specializes in Mallet Finger Treatment, and we offer state-of-the-art non-surgical and surgical care to treat a full range of hand and finger injuries and conditions. Please contact us today to make your appointment.

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Mallet Finger - Baseball Injuries - Sports Medicine Othopedics Fairfax VA

Mallet Finger Treatment- If you are experiencing mallet or trigger finger symptoms and need to explore your treatment options, please contact us at Fair Oaks Ortho. Dr. Stephen W. Pournaras & our professional medical staff have a great knowledge of the complex network of blood vessels, nerves, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones that make up your hand and wrist and can help you to recover by simply contacting us today.

Frequently Asked Questions About Mallet Finger Treatment

Mallet finger, a common problem for baseball players, it’s an injury that occurs on the tendon at the tip of your finger. After injuried, you will be unable to completely straighten your finger, and it will visibly droop at the tip.  Call us immediately.  

Most patients will experience severe pain as well as these other symptoms:

  • Swelling, Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Inability to straighten your fingertip.
  • Detached fingernail
  • Redness under your fingernail bed

Mallet finger injuries are extremely painful. They are usually are caused by a large force, such as a sudden blow, catching a baseball, or a minor force, such as tucking in a bed sheet. A mallet finger injury can happen when something hard hits your extended finger or when there’s some type of trauma to your fingertip, like getting it caught or slammed in a door.

Generally, wearing a splint to keep your mallet ginger straight is the most common treatment.
* If you have not torn your tendon, but only stretched it, your injury should heal in 4 to 6 weeks if you wear your splint all the time.
* Ice can be applied to the injured area,  if you don’t have any cuts or lacerations, cold treatments will help to bring down the swelling. 
* Most mallet finger injuries can be treated non-surgically, but due to the severity of the injury, sometimes surgery is recommended.

Although surgery for mallet finger injury is rare, but in some cases,  if your joint is misaligned, your finger is fractured (broken) or there are bone fragments that cause an unstable joint, your injury would be considered “complex” and you may need surgery.

For this type of surgery, Dr. Pournaras will make a small incision to insert a pin or wire to keep your fingertip straight. This is an outpatient surgery – you do not stay overnight at the hospital and usually performed under local or regional anesthesia (with sedation if needed).


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Fair Oaks Orthopedics

For over 30 years, Virginia Board Certified Physician, Dr. Stephen W. Pournaras, Jr. has provided excellent healthcare and treatment for his patients. As a multi-specialty orthopedic practice, offering the best for you medically to treat, heal and lead you to optimum recovery. We are dedicated to using state-of-the-art technology while building nurturing relationships with each of our patients.

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