What is the treatment for mallet finger?
Most mallet fingers are treated by wearing a splint on the finger for up to eight weeks. The splint keeps the finger straight so the tendon can heal. This treatment is only successful if the splint is worn all the time and only a specially trained provider can remove or change the splint.
If surgery is necessary to repair the mallet finger:
- The surgery will be done in the operating room under general anesthesia (the child is put to sleep).
- The finger is put in the correct position. Small pins, wires or screws are used to hold the bone straight while the tendon heals.
- After surgery, the hand will have a bandage, and sometimes there will be a splint or cast over the bandage.
- The child is usually able to go home the same day.
Why choose Children's Hospital Colorado for your child's mallet finger treatment?
Our Hand and Upper Extremity Program at Children's Colorado provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to the care of your child. This means you have access to leading specialists from multiple departments who work together to treat your child.
Your child's care team includes pediatric experts from orthopedic surgery, physical medicine, rehabilitation, occupational therapy and nursing.