Mallet Finger - A Clinical Protocol

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Wed, Feb 02,2022 @ 01:43 PM

If you ask 10 different hand therapist how they treat mallet finger injuries, you may just get 10 variations on an answer that is ultimately some form of immobilization of the involved distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint. Systematic review of the studies on conservatively treated mallet finger injuries is not able to identify which orthosis is most optimal and what the most appropriate wear time is,

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Treatment for Mallet Finger

Posted by Nancy Naughton OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Wed, Jul 08,2015 @ 10:25 AM

From professional athletes to homemakers, mallet finger, also known as “baseball finger” is a common injury of the finger. A mallet finger injury often occurs from a direct trauma to the tip of an extended finger which causes a disruption of the tendon responsible for extending the distal phalangeal joint (DIPJ). A mallet finger can occur with or without a fracture or bony avulsion

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Splinting Options for Treating a Mallet Finger

Posted by Jennifer Curtis on Mon, Jun 08,2015 @ 03:24 PM

Causes of Mallet Finger 

Your patient caught the tip of his finger in a drawer and now his fingertip is drooping because the extensor tendon has stretched, pulled away, or torn. The finger can be pushed into extension, but cannot stay straight without support. Mallet Finger, also called Baseball Finger, affects a small area but can become a big problem if left untreated.     

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How to Treat a Mallet Finger with an Oval-8: Video Blog

Posted by Karen Colony on Thu, Sep 13,2012 @ 09:23 AM

Oval-8 Finger Splint's treat a variety of finger conditions, including the most common finger injury - mallet finger. The Oval-8s will hold the DIP straight or if needed, they can be adjusted using a Digital Heat Gun to hold the DIP in slight hyperextension. The open design keeps the skin clean and dry and generally no tape or strapping is needed to hold them in place. The wearer can shower or wash their hands with the Oval-8 on without having to replace straps or tape. This leads to better compliance and better treatment results.

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