What are the symptoms of mallet finger?
Your finger may be painful, swollen and bruised. You may also have trouble straightening the tip of your finger.
When should I go to the doctor?
If you have injured your finger and it is painful, swollen or difficult to straighten, you should see your doctor right away. Delaying treatment can cause permanent damage or may make your injury more difficult to fix.
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, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060301/827.html)
Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff