How is mallet finger treated?
In most cases, your doctor may tell you to put ice on the injury to prevent swelling and provide a splint for your finger. This will keep your finger in place while it heals. It is important to remember not to move your finger too much until it is completely healed. You may need someone to help you change your splint. If your injury is more severe (for example, if a bone is broken or a joint is out of place), you may need surgery.
When can I play sports again?
Most people can still play sports with a finger splint. Your doctor will let you know when it's safe to play sports without a splint.
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)
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