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Dr. Steven Rueda is one of the most sought after doctors for mallet finger treatment in Palm Beach. This condition refers to an injury to an extensor tendon in the finger. This injury results in inability to extend the finger joint closest to the nail. It received the name mallet, which means hammer, to describe the appearance of the finger after injury.

Mallet Finger Symptoms and Diagnosis

Mallet Finger Fracture: Bone Fracture Due To Forceful Impact , Extensor Tendon


The injury typically occurs when the fingertip is forcefully bent down, and the tendon tears from its insertion on the bone. When torn, the tendon can fully tear away from the bone or pull a bone chip with it. Those that pull a piece of bone with the tendon are known as “bony mallet”. It is commonly seen in baseball players and is also known as baseball finger.



Joint pinning surgery places a wire through the bones to internally immobilize the joint. It acts similar to the way an external splint would, but in this case remains internal, is less bulky, and usually more reliable. It is kept for 6-8 weeks and then removed in the office. Joint fusion surgery is the last treatment option and rarely performed. If all prior treatment methods have failed and the patient still wants correction of the droopy tip, joint fusion is an option. This surgery removes the cartilage from the joint next to the nail, and fuses the bones together. After healing the finger appears straight and not droopy.

Recovery and Downtime

Why Choose Precision hand Center for your Mallet Finger Procedure?

Dr. Rueda, a Hand Fellowship trained surgeon who has 7 years and 2,000 procedures of experience will be your safe and best choice for mallet finger treatment. Successful results in this procedure requires a surgeon that is experienced and knowledgeable in hand surgery and hand anatomy. Dr. Rueda has published articles in expert peer reviewed journals and his work has been presented in several national conferences. Dr. Rueda’s passion for patient education and custom centered approach will guarantee you feel comfortable every step of the way. Dr. Rueda also believes in treating his patients as if he was treating his own family; you can trust you will enter a trusting and long-term relationship and have some of the best mallet finger treatment Palm Beach can offer.

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