Non-operative Mallet Finger Treatment
Mallet fingers rarely require surgery. The most common treatment is to place the finger in a splint for approximately six weeks. The splint will secure the finger in a straight position. The splint will also allow the torn tendon to properly heal back into the proper position. Upon removing the splint, the patient’s injured joint is usually stiff and mobility is limited. The finger will gradually regain flexibility over time.
In many cases, patients are allowed to return to normal activities almost immediately, provided that they are wearing the protective splint. A doctor will be able to discuss which activities are and aren’t recommended.