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Mallet Finger: Exercises


Here are some examples of exercises for you to try. The exercises may be suggested for a condition or for rehabilitation. Start each exercise slowly. Ease off the exercises if you start to have pain.

You will be told when to start these exercises and which ones will work best for you.

How to do the exercise

Fingertip stretch

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  1. With your good hand, grasp your problem finger. Your thumb will be on the top side of this finger. Place your thumb just below the joint that is closest to your fingernail. The index (pointing) finger of your good hand should be underneath the tip of the problem finger.
  2. With your index finger, slowly push the tip of your problem finger up. Push until you feel a stretch. Hold for at least 15 to 30 seconds.
  3. Repeat 2 to 4 times.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

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