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A mallet finger is a deformity of the finger that happens when the extensor tendon (the tendon that straightens your finger) is injured or damaged.
The tendon is often injured when an object hits the tip of the finger, such as a jamming injury.
Mallet finger is diagnosed by examination. The surgeon may order x-rays to look at the bones, see if a piece of bone has pulled away and to be sure the finger is in correct position.
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.
Our Hand and Upper Extremity Program team 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.