Comfortable custom-made splinting for the treatment of Mallet finger injuries.
Mallet finger is the name given to the condition when the tendon that straightens the tip of the finger (or thumb) is damaged.
This results in a inability to straighten the finger or thumb tip on its own. This can occur when a force hits the tip of the finger, bending it suddenly. But can also occur in seemingly simple daily tasks, like pulling up socks or tucking the bed sheets in. Or following a cut, disease or infection to the fingertip.
The tendon can be pulled from the bone or take a small fragment of bone with it, and treatment will depend upon whether there is a small fracture or not.
Mallet finger can be treated well by splinting the tip of the finger straight for several weeks, allowing the injured tendon and bone time to heal. A custom made splint has been proven to be the most comfortable for managing Mallet finger, and is adjusted as swelling the goes down. Followed by introduction of specific exercises in a graded manner. We also use taping and other techniques to support the healing structures, and get you back to work, sport and the things you like to do quicker.
Sometimes the tendon (+/- bone) can be repaired surgically by a plastic or orthopaedic hand surgeon. Following surgery it will be held in a custom made splint for several weeks. We make splints that fit around pins or buttons, and adjust these when they are removed.