In addition to ankle sprains, mallet finger is one of the most common injuries among basketball players. Minor injuries can cause swelling, while serious injuries can lead to long-term impairment of finger motion. The following guide will show you how to tape a mallet finger injury to keep the injured finger straight and encourage healing.
What is a mallet finger?
A mallet finger injury is caused by an object that strikes the tip of a finger. It most often occurs in ball sports such as basketball and volleyball when the ball accidentally hits the end of a finger.
When the finger is subjected to a strong impact, the tendons or ligaments may be damaged. This is often accompanied by a dislocated joint or fracture. The immediate symptoms include swelling, pain and an inability to straighten the injured finger. If left untreated, the finger joint may develop a swan neck deformity or finger motion may be impaired.
If the finger is swollen, apply an ice pack to relieve the swelling (RICE = Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation).