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Mallet Injury

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You have damaged the tendon that straightens the top of your finger.

It is important for the tendons to be kept close together to allow the ends to join. Tendons have a very poor blood supply and take 6 to 8 weeks to fully heal.

The splint you have been fitted with needs to be worn constantly and if removed the tip of the finger should be continuously supported. If you are in anyway unsure of how to look after your finger do not remove the splint, and contact the Hand Therapy Unit.

If you have any swelling in your finger, this may go down and the splint become too large, if this happens you need to return to the Hand Therapy Unit immediately. Do not remove the splint.

After six weeks of constant splint wear, your hand therapist will advise you of the next stage in treatment. This usually means a further 4 more weeks of wearing the splint at night, and special
exercises to start to get the end of your finger moving again.

If you have any problems, or are worried in anyway about your hand, please do not hesitate in contacting the department on (01908) 995411 or ask your therapist at your next appointment.