Thank you Dr Rick. That is assuring feedback I will use as a guide. Appreciate your professional opinion. Francois
Dr Rick, how well do "tuft" (splinter) fractures of the distal phalange pinkie fingers heal. I am told by orthopaedic surgeons that the distal finger tissue usually acts as a natural splint and can draw the bone splinters back to the original (base) phalange where they fuse again or else fibrotic tissue forms between the splinters and "parent" phalange bone. Operative procedure is seldom necessary and I have been advised not to wear the splint for long as the tendons around the distal joint between the distal phalange and next phalange can be affected (temporary or permanent) weakness. The injury is painful though and I wear the splint to protect the finger from bumping it and resultant pain. Your view please?