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Mallet finger, traumatic finger injury.
This type of injury is also known as "hammer toe" and occurs when the tendon that straightens the finger is damaged. Dr. Pedro Castillo, specialist in Orthopedics and Traumatology, shares a more extensive description of this condition:
“Mallet finger is a traumatic sports injury caused by a rupture of the deep extensor tendon of the finger, which causes a flexion deformity of the distal interphalangeal joint showing a limitation in the extensor mechanism, to raise the tip of the finger.
Either due to injury to the terminal joint extensor tendon or to bone fracture / avulsion of the phalanx, the treatment ranges from the placement of a splint in extension of STACK vs the surgical stabilization of the extensor mechanism, everything will depend on the type of injury that the patient".
- The fingertip cannot straighten on its own
- Pain in the finger and inflammation (this occurs mainly when there is a fracture).
The diagnosis of this type of lesions is very fast due to the way the finger looks.
There are 2 types of treatments for the mallet finger: non-surgical treatment and surgical treatment, as mentioned by the doctor above, the choice of treatment will depend on the patient's case.
Surgical treatment is the best option when there are large bone fragments or there is poor joint alignment. But it can also be applied when non-surgical methods did not give the desired success. The technique that will be carried out in the surgery, must be indicated by the specialist according to the specific case of each patient.
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