What is Mallet Finger?

Mallet finger occurs when an event injures the tendon that straightens the end of a finger. Also colloquially  known as “baseball finger,” Mallet finger can still happen to anyone when an object (such as  a ball) forcefully impacts the tip of their finger or thumb and bends the digit further than they can go. After the injury, patients will lose the ability t0 straighten the tip of their finger or thumb on their own. The 3rd, 4th and 5th fingers of the dominant hand have the highest risk of a mallet finger injury. The finger commonly feels painful, swollen, and bruised. The tip of the finger will have noticeably drooped and will only straighten if pushed.