Baseball Finger, also known as Mallet Finger, is a condition that occurs when one of the tendons that assist in straightening out the finger is damaged. This damage can occur from the jamming or forceful bending down of the fingertip. Symptoms include swelling and tenderness around the fingertip.
Those at Risk
Though it is called Baseball Finger, the injury can also occur while playing football and basketball as well.
A Baseball Finger is diagnosed once the manner in which the injury was incurred is discussed and the last knuckle and extension of the finger are physically examined. An X-ray may also be indicated in order to determine if the finger bone was damaged during the force.
Baseball Finger is not a serious injury and generally only requires a splint that holds the finger out straight. Occasionally surgery is required if the bone sustained serious damage.