Plastic Mallet Finger Splint
Conditions such as mallet finger are painful, debilitating and often require assistance to heal properly. The Plastic Mallet Finger Splint is a dynamic finger splint designed to reduce rehabilitation time by providing support to the DIP joint when it's in the neutral position, protecting the distal phalanx and extending the PIP joint.
Key Features of the Plastic Mallet Finger Splint
- Works to treat joint stiffness and help reverse atrophy
- Perforated design helps to prevent skin maceration
- Available in a range of sizes to suit most people
- Improves range of motion and helps protect the extensor tendon
What Size Will Fit Me Best?
The Plastic Mallet Finger Splint is available in eight different sizes. To find the right one for your finger, simply measure the circumference of the PIP joint (as shown in the image below) and match your measurement to the table below.
|Size ||PIP Joint Circ. (cm) |
|Extra Small ||4.5 - 5cm |
|Small ||5 - 5.5cm |
|Medium ||6 - 6.5cm |
|Medium/Large ||6.5 - 7cm |
|Large ||7 - 7.5cm |
|Large/Extra Large ||7.5 - 8cm |
|Extra Large ||8 - 8.5cm |
|XX-Large ||8.5 - 9cm |
Please note, the Mallet Finger Splint is manufactured in the above sizes however due to individual patients' fingers being different shapes some mesh bandage or similar may be required for a tight comfortable fit. We advise using strapping tape to secure the finger splint in place.
Which Area of Your Hand Does the Mallet Finger Splint Protect?
The DIP joint is the final joint on each finger (i.e. the joint just closest to your finger nail) and is the joint that requires support when correcting mallet finger. The distal phalanx is the bone on the top of your fingertip and is the most commonly fractured bone in the hand; bumping it when it's unprotected can be very sore if you have mallet finger.
The PIP joint is the middle joint in your finger, extending it helps encourage the healing process and ensures your finger is as comfortable as possible.
Which Conditions Can a Mallet Finger Splint Assist With?
- Arthritis Fingers
- Jersey Finger
- Mallet Finger
- Mucous Cysts
What Is Mallet Finger?
Mallet finger is an injury to the end of your finger that causes it to bend inwards towards your palm. The key indication of mallet finger is you will not be able to straighten the end of your finger because the extensor tendon that connects the muscle to the finger bone has been stretched or torn.
Why Is It So Important to Address Mallet Finger Swiftly?
Mallet finger leads to an imbalance in the distribution of the extensor force between proximal interphalangeal (PIP) and DIP joints. If left untreated, Mallet Finger can lead to a swan neck deformity from PIP joint hyper extension and DIP joint flexion.
How Does the Mallet Finger Splint Assist With Care?
A mallet finger injury is a tearing of the tendons surrounding the nerves at the end of the finger, underneath the finger nail. Because it is vital that the end of the finger stay straight during the healing process, the Mallet Finger Splint works to realign the tendons underneath the nail, creating a correctly positioned nail bed to promote healing in the tendons beneath.
What If My Splint Keeps Slipping?
The Mallet Finger Splint is designed to be strapped into place using a flexible brand of strapping tape. A Mallet Finger Splint is not designed to be worn alone and should be taped in place to ensure that the correct position is maintained throughout the healing process.
How Long Should I Wear My Splint?
Depending on your condition and the advice of your healthcare professional or doctor, it is generally recommended that a finger splint be worn for up to eight weeks as it is vital that the end of the finger does not bend during the splinting treatment period.