The Mallet Finger Splint is designed to support the injured finger and keep it in the extended or straight position, allowing the damaged extensor tendon to heal properly. It is commonly made of lightweight and rigid materials, such as aluminum or plastic, and is available in various sizes to fit different fingers.
- Rigid Support: The splint provides a rigid structure to immobilize the DIP joint, preventing any movement that could further injure the damaged tendon.
- Open Design: The splint typically leaves the fingertip exposed, allowing for ventilation and easy monitoring of the injured area.
- Customizable Fit: Many Mallet Finger Splints are adjustable or moldable to provide a customized fit for each patient’s finger.
- Secure Attachment: The splint is often secured to the finger using hook-and-loop fasteners or straps, ensuring a snug and comfortable fit.
- Easy Application: Mallet Finger Splints are designed for easy application, enabling patients to put them on and remove them with minimal assistance.
- Hygienic Materials: The splints are made from materials that are easy to clean and maintain, promoting hygiene and preventing infections.
Mallet Finger Splints are used to treat various conditions, including:
- Mallet Finger: The primary purpose of the splint is to treat mallet finger injuries by providing support and immobilization to facilitate healing.
- Minor Finger Fractures: In some cases, the splint may be used to stabilize minor fractures of the distal phalanx or DIP joint.
- Postoperative Support: After surgical repair of the extensor tendon or finger fractures, the splint may be used to protect the healing structures during the recovery period.
It’s important for patients to wear the Mallet Finger Splint consistently and as directed by their healthcare provider to achieve optimal healing outcomes. In some cases, the splint may need to be worn for several weeks or even months, depending on the severity of the injury and the healing progress. Regular follow-up with a healthcare professional is essential to ensure proper management and rehabilitation of mallet finger or other finger injuries.