What splint is best for mallet finger?
There are many splints on the market, but I have found the best way is an aluminum splint to keep the tip joint straight. Specifically, the tip of the finger should be kept straight but to allow free PIP and MP motions.
How long do you have to wear a splint for mallet finger?
Treating mallet finger The splint is taped on and must be worn day and night for 6 to 8 weeks to allow the 2 ends of the torn tendon to stay together and heal. It should only be removed for cleaning.
How do you strengthen finger tendons?
- Pinch a soft foam ball or some putty between the tips of your fingers and your thumb.
- Hold for 30 to 60 seconds.
- Repeat 10 to 15 times on both hands. Do this exercise two to three times a week, but rest your hands for 48 hours in between sessions. Don’t do this exercise if your thumb joint is damaged.
When is surgery indicated for mallet finger?
Surgery may be considered when a mallet finger injury has a large bone fragment or the joint is not properly aligned. In these cases, wires or small screws are used to realign the joint (see Figure 4). Surgery may also be considered if wearing a splint is difficult or was not previously successful.
How can you treat a mallet finger?
To treat the pain and swelling of a mallet finger immediately: Apply ice. Elevate your hand so that your fingers are above your heart. Take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
How long must I wear a finger splint?
You will likely have to wear a splint. The splint will cover part of your fingers and both sides of your hand and wrist. Your health care provider will tell you how long you need to wear the splint. Usually, it is for about 3 weeks. If you had surgery, you may have a cast instead of a splint.
How do you make a trigger finger splint?
Place the wooden splint under the affected finger, and another one on the top. You do not need to split the healthy finger, only the trigger one. Using two pieces of medical tape, wrap the first piece around the first and the second knuckle of the affected finger, and join it around the buddy finger.