CHESTER, VA (WWBT) - Your fingertip, it seems like a small part of your body. But hurt it and it can cause you big problems.
We explain why in this week's Neighborhood Healthwatch.
Dr. Larry Benson is a sports medicine physician who treats mallet or baseball finger.
This is an injury to the fingertip caused by a direct blow to the end of the finger. If this is not treated in a timely manner, it may result in surgical intervention or permanent dysfunction and disfigurement of the finger.
The finger is usually placed in a special kind of splint for 4-6 weeks.
The splint should not come off during that time. Ice should also be applied several times a day for 20 minutes at a time.