Your finger will be placed in a plastic splint, which keeps it straight, with the end joint slightly bent backwards. You'll stillbe able to bend the finger at the middle joint.
Sometimes a custom splint is made by an occupational therapy team if a standard one doesn't fit well.
The splint is taped on, and must be worn day and night for6 to 12 weeks to allow the two ends of the torn tendon to stay together and heal. It shouldonly be removed for cleaning.
It's really important that the end of your finger doesn't bend during the time it's splinted, as this may slow down healing and reduce the effectiveness of the treatment.
The middle joint of the finger is left free so you can continue to move it to prevent any stiffness developing.
You should only need surgery if the fingerbone has broken known as a mallet fracture or bony mallet injuryor in theuncommon situation where the mallet finger fails to heal.
Mallet finger is an injury to the end of the finger that causes it to bend towards the palm.
If you think you have mallet finger, go to your nearest minor injuries unit or accident and emergency (A&E) department to have it splinted. You should do this as soon as possible the earlier it'
Your finger will be placed in a plastic splint, which keeps it straight, with the end joint slightly bent backwards. You'll stillbe able to bend the finger at the middle joint. Sometimes a custom spl
The splinted finger must be kept clean and dry at all times. If the skin becomes wet inside the splint, it will become very sore. It's important to wash both your finger and the splint at least once
Your mallet finger should heal within6 to 12weeks, after which time you'll be able to use the finger again. You may be advised to continue to only wear the splint at night for up to four more weeks.