Mallet Finger | Questions to Ask Your Doctor

  • What is the best treatment option? Do I need to wear a splint?
  • How long before I can expect relief from my symptoms?
  • When can I return to my sport/activity?
  • How do I prevent a similar injury in the future?
  • What should I do if the pain and/or swelling gets worse?


Acute Finger Injuries: Part II. Fractures, Dislocations, and Thumb Injuries by JC Leggit, LTC, MC, USA, and CJ Meko, CAPT, MC, USA (American Family Physician March 01, 2006,

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 03/06