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Treat Mallet Finger with a Splint

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How to Treat Mallet Finger with a Splint

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How to Treat Mallet Finger with a Splint
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Mallet finger is a condition in which the tendon in the outermostof a finger is ripped causing the tip of the finger to droop. Also known as baseball finger it is an injury that is typically sustained while playing sports. However any action that bends thefurther than it is meant to bend can cause mallet finger. You can even fallto mallet finger while making a bed. 1 X Research source Diagnose the injury. First you should try to ascertain whether your injury is actually mallet finger. If you do have mallet finger the lastin your finger the one closest to the nail will be in pain. Thewill be bent downward and will be immobile making it impossible to fully straighten.

Apply ice indirectly. Ice will help reduce swelling and tenderness in the joint. However you should not rub ice directly against the skin. Wrap ice in a towel or take a bag of frozen vegetables and place it on the joint.

Take medication to regulate pain. If you find that you are in severe pain some readily available medications can help ease your discomfort. These include Advil Motrin Aleve Naprosyn and Tylenol. Take these throughout the healing process if pain persists.These medications except Tylenol are also anti inflammatories which can reduce swelling in addition to pain.

Make a temporary splint. You should visit a doctor to purchase a professionally constructed splint but until you can do so you can try to create a splint that will straighten your finger. Take a popsicle stick and place it along the underside of your finger. Wrap adhesive tape around your finger and the object so that the tape holds your finger tightly against the stick and provides padding for your finger. The goal is to keep the fingertip straight.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
Splinting is the first-line treatment for a mallet finger
A mallet finger that is up to three months old may require splinting in full extension for eight to 12 weeks
A splint will be placed on your finger to keep it straight while it heals

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