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Baseball Finger Overview

What is a baseball finger?
A person with a baseball finger, or mallet finger, has an injury to the last joint of the finger. The injury occurs when an object, such as a baseball, strikes the end of a finger, forcing it to flex. This can damage a tendon or bone at this joint. It results in the inability to completely straighten the end of the finger.

What are the symptoms of a baseball finger?
Symptoms of a baseball finger include finger pain, finger deformity, and finger swelling. There is an inability to straighten the last joint in the finger.

How does the doctor treat a baseball finger?
Treatment for a baseball finger includes rest, cold compresses, elevation, splinting, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Aug 24, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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