This article provides an overview of issues associated with traumatic injury to the distal finger that results in extensor tendon disruption or bony avulsion at the base of the distal phalanx. Commonly referred to as mallet finger, drop finger, or baseball finger, terminal extensor tendon injuries are a common presentation to the emergency department. Providers need to be advised of evidence-based management of these extensor tendon injuries in order to prevent decreased function and permanent deformity. Current evidence supports nonoperative interventions, but injuries need to be addressed in a timely manner in order to avoid poor outcomes.
School of Nursing, Education, and Human Studies, Robert Morris University, Moon Township, Pennsylvania.
Corresponding Author: Denise R. Ramponi, DNP, FNP-C, ENP-BC, FAEN, FAANP, CEN, School of Nursing, Education, and Human Studies, Robert Morris University, Scaife Hall, 6001 University Blvd, Moon Township, PA 15108 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Medical illustrations by Hannah Daman, Anthony Hanes and Gage McCall, Media Arts Students, Robert Morris University.
Disclosure: The authors report no conflicts of interest.