Anyone who has hit their fingertip against a door or wall or closed a drawer on their finger is lucky if they did not sustain what is commonly known as a Mallet Finger. Named for the position the end of the finger assumes, a Mallet Finger occurs when the tendon that straightens the DIP joint (the small joint near the fingernail) is torn or broken from its attachment.
What is a Mallet Finger
A Mallet Finger, sometimes called a baseball finger, is a condition in which the end joint of a finger bends but will not straighten. The finger can be pushed straight but will not stay straight without support.
Treatment for Mallet Finger
The standard treatment for a Mallet Finger is to hold it in a straight position full time for 4 to 6 weeks to allow the end of the tendon to heal back in place. Typically the doctor may use a wooden stick, aluminum strip or plastic tube splint to hold the finger straight. While these treatments are reasonably successful if followed for the full 4-6 weeks, they are inconvenient and often cause skin problems due to the tape necessary to hold them in place and the lack of air that gets to the fingertip.
The Oval-8 Finger Splint is an open design plastic splint that leaves the fingertip free and allows the skin to breath. Designed by a hand care specialist, Oval-8 Finger Splints are a clinically proven solution that provides exceptional comfort and lightweight support. Its durability and waterproof feature make it perfect for everyday use and sports.
Available in Classic Beige or NEW Oval-8 CLEAR they are sold individually by size, in the recommended Multi Size Sets with 3 or 5 consecutive sizes and in Complete Sets with one of each size- when multiple splints are needed.Like what you’ve read? Click here to subscribe to the blog!
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