Fingertips That Are Difficult To Straighten?

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I want to ask.. it’s been a week since every time I wake up my middle finger is hard to straighten or locked, half bent.. but after a long time I can recover to normal again… what is the solution to cure it??

1 Answer:

Hi Nariman,


Thank you for the question. Fingertips that are difficult to straighten are a symptom of Mallet finger. This condition is caused by a disruption in the tendons in the fingertip joints (distal interphalangeal joints). This tendon helps to straighten the finger. If there is a problem with this tendon, for example due to a tendon tear, it will be difficult to straighten the finger. This condition usually occurs because of a direct impact on the tip of the finger.


You should consult an orthopedic specialist first for further examination and treatment. Mallet finger requires special treatment by a doctor in the form of a splint / finger support or wire installation surgery. This treatment aims to keep the finger straight until healing occurs within 6-8 weeks. For the time being, avoid forcing to straighten this bent finger as this can make the condition worse. Avoid activities that are at risk of causing finger injuries, such as basketball. If you feel pain, you can take paracetamol to relieve pain.


Hope this information is useful.


Dr. Aloisia

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