Mallet Finger

Have you ever “jammed” your finger on a ball? Sometimes, what seems like a minor injury can actually be fairly serious. To learn more about the other causes of mallet finger and the treatment plans that our practice offers for this condition, check out our article.

Mallet Finger

By: J. Todd Davis, M.D.

July 27, 2018

Have you ever “jammed” your finger on a ball? Sometimes, what seems like a minor injury can actually be fairly serious.


  • Although, there are many injuries that can occur to fingers from “jamming” them, mallet finger is one injury that requires evaluation for successful return to full function.

  • Mallet finger occurs when the tip of the finger is bent downward forcefully and frequently occurs when a ball hits the end of the finger.

  • Pain and swelling will occur at the last joint. The finger will not actively extend and will stay in a slightly flexed position.

  • It is important to have these injuries evaluated because there can be fractures.

  • Treatment usually consists of prolonged splinting in an extended position followed by therapy to regain full motion. Proper treatment will improve long term success but left untreated the finger may always stay in a flexed position, giving it a “mallet” appearance.

  • Call our office at (614) 846-5625 for an appointment with one of our sports medicine physicians.


J. Todd Davis, M.D.

Dr. Davis is one of our sports medicine physicians that practices at the COPC Sports, Spine & Joint location. After completing his family medicine residency and sports medicine fellowship, he served as a team physician for the Arizona Diamondbacks. With his well-rounded background and extensive knowledge of sports medicine, he is able to provide expert care to COPC patients.

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