Dr. Ben Jacobs answers your questions about Mallet Finger:
My finger droops even when I try to straighten the tip. What is going on?
A mallet finger is a very common condition and can happen to any of the fingers. It occurs when the tendon that straightens your finger pulls away from the bone at the end of the finger. Sometimes the tendon takes a small piece of bone with it (mallet fracture) and other times not. It might or might not hurt. Mallet fingers need treatment if you want to be able to straighten the finger again.
When should I seek treatment for my injury?
In the case of mallet finger, a trip to the emergency room isn’t usually needed unless the skin on the finger is severely injured. However, you should see your doctor or hand surgeon as soon as you can — ideally within a few days or weeks — to begin treatment. Success with treatment sometimes is possible if treatment starts a few months after the injury.