Mallet Finger – Frisco, Plano TX
Dr. Knoll is a leading hand surgeon serving the residents of Frisco and Plano, TX. She has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating orthopedic conditions of the hand, such as Mallet Finger, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, fractures, sprains etc.

Mallet Finger

Mallet Finger, also known as Dropped Flinger or Baseball Finger, is an injury that occurs when the outermost joint of a finger gets damaged. It may lead to the separation of the tendon on the back of a finger from the muscles it connects. Athletes, particularly baseball and basketball players are at a higher risk of suffering from a Mallet Finger. There are basically three types of injuries that can occur:

  • The tendon gets damaged but no fracture is present.
  • The tendon gets damaged with a small fracture.
  • The tendon gets damaged with a major fracture.

Causes Of Mallet Finger

  • A crushing accident
  • A cut finger that occurs while working in kitchen
  • Forceful impact of an object on the tip of an outstretched finger causing it to bend

Symptoms Of Mallet Finger

  • Extreme pain, particularly in case of a fracture
  • Tenderness and inflammation in the outermost joint
  • Inability to completely stretch the finger without support

Diagnosis Of Mallet Finger

The doctor may carefully examine your finger and evaluate the extent of injury. Imaging tests such as an X-ray may be conducted in order to get a clear picture of the injured finger.

Treatment For Mallet Finger

The treatment options for Mallet Finger depend on the severity of your injury. The following treatment options can be recommended:

  • Ice packs: Application of ice at the injured joint can help in significantly reducing the pain and inflammation.
  • Rest: Providing sufficient rest to the injured finger may help in preventing further damage to the joint.
  • Splinting: In case there is a minor fracture and no cut is present, your doctor may apply a splint at the end of the finger to help keep it in an extended position and preventing it from getting injured further. With splinting, it can take up to two months for your injury to heal.
  • Medication: The doctor may prescribe pain medications for managing the extreme discomfort associated with the injury.
  • Surgery: Surgical intervention may be required in case of a major fracture.

Dr. Knoll, a leading hand surgeon, provides complete diagnosis and treatment for Mallet Finger. To schedule an appointment, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502 (for Frisco) and (972) 985 – 1072 (for Plano).