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Baseball Finger

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Mallet finger


  • Baseball finger, also called mallet finger, is a finger injury characterized by the inability to extend the finger. (the tip of the finger cannot be straightened out).  A tendon rupture is commonly seen.  In severe cases, fractures or subluxations can occur.

  • Mallet finger is caused by a sudden blow to the tip of the finger.  The common cause is a direct injury from a batted ball during a sports activity.
  • The Patient is unable to fully straighten out the tip of the injured finger.  Pain and swelling is present.

  • A diagnosis is made by a history of injuries and physical examinations.
  • X-Rays should be done to diagnose the presence of the fracture or subluxation.

  • Apply ice and elevate the hand immediately after the injury
  • The treatment is to splint the finger for several weeks with the injured finger fully extended.
  • If the fracture is large, surgical repair is necessary.

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