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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What is a mallet finger?

    What causes it and who gets it?
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    Dr Jillian Tomlinson

    Hand Surgeon, Plastic Surgeon (Reconstructive & Cosmetic)

    Dr Jill Tomlinson is a fully qualified plastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon. After graduating dux in her year at University High School, Jill completed medical … View Profile

    A “mallet finger” is a common condition that can result from a seemingly minor injury (such as tucking in a bedsheet, or removing clothing) or more commonly from a sporting injury or fall.After such an injury it is impossible for you actively straighten the fingertip - so when you try to straighten all your fingers the tip of the affected finger hangs down.This is because the insertion of the extensor tendon (which straightens the end joint of the finger) has been disrupted. Sometimes it is the tendon itself that ruptures, and sometimes the tendon is intact but the bone that it joins onto has broken (fractured). Either way, the effect is that the tendon can no longer do its job of straightening the finger.

    For more information about mallet finger injury and treatment please visit the Melbourne Hand Surgery website.

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    Dr Ryan Hislop

    Chiropractor

    Ryan Hislop is the Clinical Director at the Mudgee Chiropractic Health and Wellness Centre. As an experienced and evidence-based diagnostician, Ryan works largely by medical … View Profile

    I have attached a good illustration of this tendon rupture below.

    Mallet Finger Injury

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