Hand Disorders-Deformities


Deformities can result from generalized disorders (eg, arthritis) or dislocations, fractures, and other localized disorders. Most nontraumatic localized disorders can be diagnosed by physical examination. Once a hand deformity becomes firmly established, it cannot be significantly altered by splinting, exercise, or other nonsurgical treatment.

Mallet Finger

Mallet finger is a flexion deformity of the distal interphalangeal joint preventing extension (see Fig. 1: Hand Disorders: Mallet finger.).

This deformity results from an extensor tendon rupture or an avulsion fracture of the distal phalanx. The deformity may not be obvious immediately after injury, but on examination, patients cannot fully extend the distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint. Closed injuries may be treated with splinting that holds the DIP joint in extension and leaves the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint free. Avulsion fractures are usually united after 6 wk, but pure tendon injuries require an additional 2 to 4 wk of nighttime splinting. Surgery may be required if there is a fracture that involves a large proportion of the articular surface or if the joint is subluxated.


  • Swan-Neck Deformity
  • Boutonnière Deformity
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Symptoms and Signs
  • Treatment

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