Catalog: First Aid
STAX FINGER SPLINT #7
Mallet finger is a condition where the tendon in outermost joint of a finger is ripped, causing the tip of the finger to droop. It's also known as "baseball finger" and is for the most part associated with sports, although it can happen even when tucking in sheets forcefully when making a bed (who knew it could be so hazardous?). If you've "jammed" your finger and want it to heal properly, here's what you can do.
Apply ice. The finger will likely be swollen and painful at first. You won't be able to straighten it or bend it without feeling extreme tenderness.
Keep the finger straight. You can make a temporary splint by wrapping a large paperclip with adhesive tape, and then taping that to your finger. People have also used popsicle sticks and plastic spoons successfully to keep the finger straight until they can gain access to a real splint.
See a doctor immediately. Many people think it will heal on its own, but left untreated, you might end up with a drooping fingertip that will be both awkward and unsightly. The doctor will take x-rays and determine whether the tendon was in fact ripped, and whether it took a piece of your bone with it. He or she will also prescribe treatment--usually a splint.
Wear your splint properly. Make it tight enough to keep your finger completely straight. If the finger is bent (either forward or backwards) you may develop painful pressure sores at the knuckle. Don't make the tape so tight that the tip of your finger feels uncomfortable or looks purple.
Wear your splint constantly. Your skin may start bothering you from not being able to "breathe" and your range of motion is going to be limited, but it's imperative that you keep your finger straight at all times. Even when you're cleaning your finger or taking a shower, your finger must remain straight.
Follow up with your doctor, who will determine when it's time to start weaning you off the splint. If the condition has not improved, surgery may be recommended.
# 7 2.45” 3.9”
Weight: 1 kg