What should I do?

If you think you have mallet finger, go to your nearest minor injuries unit or accident and emergency (A&E) department to have it splinted.

You should do this as soon as possible the earlier it's treated, the better the outcome.

Try tokeep your hand raised until the doctor sees you. This helps to reduce any swelling and pain.

Take off any rings on the affected finger, as swelling may make it difficult to remove them lateror may cut off the blood supply to the finger.

You can take an over-the-counterpainkiller, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen , to relieve the pain.

Once your finger is splinted, applying an ice packa few times a day for 10 to 20 minutesmay alsohelp reduce pain and swelling.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018