Tendon avulsion injuries of the distal phalanx.

  title={Tendon avulsion injuries of the distal phalanx.},
  author={Harrison G Tuttle and Scott P Olvey and Peter J. Stern},
  journal={Clinical orthopaedics and related research},
UNLABELLED Mallet injuries are the result of incompetence of the terminal tendon. Most acute mallet fingers can be treated by continuous splinting of the distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint in extension for 5-6 weeks. Fracture dislocations require open reduction and internal fixation. Treatment of chronic mallet injuries must be individualized. If there is a flexible swan neck deformity, spiral oblique ligament reconstruction is indicated. For a fixed contracture, DIP joint arthrodesis is… CONTINUE READING