Mallet Finger

mallet finger





Mallet finger refers to a condition in which the end joint of a finger bends but will not straighten by itself. In this situation, the joint can be pushed straight but will not hold that position on its own.


  • The mechanism which straightens the end joint has been disrupted. This usually happens when the tip of the finger is pushed down while the person is trying to straighten their finger:
  • The tendon which pulls on the end bone to straighten the finger pulls one way, and the force on the end of the fingertip pulls the other way, and something comes apart in between. Often, the tendon tears away from its attachment to the bone
  • Sometimes, the tendon comes off with a piece of bone attached:
  • In worse cases, the tendon comes off with a fairly large piece of bone, which can make the rest of the joint slide out of alignment. Fortunately, that is not very common.


Physioline Management 

At Physioline, all the members of the rehabilitation team work together so as to provide proper care and the therapy in order to:

  • Pain relief
  • Reduce stiffness
  • Muscle strengthening
  • Massage (kneading) to break adhesion
  • Prescription of splint