Mallet Finger


Cork Emergency Departments


You have torn the tendon that straightens the end joint of your finger, so now your fingertip droops and you cannot straighten it properly. To treat this you should not let your finger tip droop at any time for the next six to eight weeks.

If you do, it won’t be able to heal and will droop forever, so we have given you a splint to keep the joint straight while you are using your hand.

Please see your GP in the next week to make sure that everything is all right.

You should

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You should not

Cleaning your finger and the splint

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If you are concerned, please contact the Emergency Department you first attended: MUH (021) 4271971 M-UCC at SMHC (St. Mary’s Health Campus) (021) 4926900 CUH (021) 4920200 LIU Mallow General Hospital (022) 58506 Bantry General Hospital (027) 52900

Content by Dr Íomhar O' Sullivan 14/05/2006. Last review Dr. ÍOS 3/09/14