Mallet Finger: Exercises

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Your Care Instructions

Here is an example of a typical rehabilitation exercise for your condition. Start the exercise slowly. Ease off the exercise if you start to have pain.

Your doctor or your physiotherapist or occupational therapist will tell you when you can start this exercise.

How to do the exercise

Fingertip stretch

Picture of how to do fingertip stretch exercise
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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 call line 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.

Where can you learn more?

Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd

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