Jammed Finger

What is it?

  • A jammed finger is an injury to a tendon or bone in the tip of the finger. It is also called mallet or baseball finger. The tendon (tissue that connects muscle to bone) may be stretched or torn. Or, the bone where the tendon attaches may be broken. A jammed finger happens when the fingertip is jammed against something or hits it straight on. It is a common sports injury.

  • Your finger may be swollen, red, and hurt. The tip of the finger may droop down. You may not be able to move the jammed finger as you normally would move it. You may need to have an x-ray of your finger. It may take 4 to 8 weeks for the injury to heal.

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