Mallet Finger (Baseball Finger)

Hand & Wrist Broken Bones & Injuries - Adelaide Orthopaedic Specialist

Mallet finger (also called baseball finger) occurs when the thin tendon which straightens the end joint of a finger or thumb is damaged. It is often caused when a strike from an object (like a ball) forces the tip of the finger or thumb further than it would normally go, causing the end of the digit to droop not be able to be straightened.

the majority of mallet finger injuries can be treated without surgery, often using a splint to hold the fingertip in position until it heals. However, surgery may be recommended if the injury accompanies a large fracture or if the joint is misaligned. This often involves a tendon graft to reattach the tendon.

Dr James McLean provides consultation and various treatments for mallet finger and a wide variety of other hand and wrist conditions in his multiple practice locations in Adelaide and Darwin. With his extensive experience in treating upper limb conditions, he works with his patients to create tailored treatment plans which yield the best possible outcomes for their injuries. Click here for more information on other conditions involving the shoulder, hand, wrist, and elbow which Dr James McLean has a special interest in treating.

This page was adapted from https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--conditions/mallet-finger-baseball-finger: click the link to read more about the condition. To find out more about mallet finger or to book a consultation, contact Dr James McLean.

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