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I have a very weird pointer finger on my right hand. If you

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Hi. So I have a very weird pointer finger on my right hand. If you look at my pictures in the links (it kept failing to upload here) you can see that it is highly flexible but it is ALWAYS pointing away from my other fingers above its knuckle but this is me concentrating on holding it normal. If I'm not paying attention it moves even farther to the left above the knuckle and my gf makes fun of it all the time. I can move it very far out in all directions as you can also see. It is highly flexible and almost rubber like to me. And the weird thing is that there is a hard bump in the middle by the knuckle on the right side I was born this way and have never had anything happen to my hand. It almost feels like to me like there is something extra in it like bone or something. Is it just double jointed? If it is, I have NEVER seen someone with just one double jointed finger and especially one that looks like this! There is no pain ever or anything like that. It's just weird. I'm really curious to what it would like on an x ray though. Here are pic links.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Orthopedics
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for this question

This is typical of what occurs after a mallet finger injury

Have you ever jammed this finger?

Or could you jammed it in the past and not really remembered?

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm not sure.. It never hurts or anything. It's just strange
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 1 year ago.

I suspect you have suffered an injury in the past and resulted in this

The pain from the mallet injury would have passed by now

so I'm not surprised you have no pain

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Mallet finger makes no sense since that affects the most outer finger joint when mine is on the PIP joint (middle)
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 1 year ago.

I thought that is what you were pointing to in your pics

The picture quality is very bad

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
to make it clear the sideview pic of my finger is me making it do that to show how flexible it is.
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 1 year ago.

some clearer pics would help

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Can't. The bump is on the PIP joint but on the right side of it. From that point up, the finger is what looks like almost "leaning" to the left at all times away from my other fingers. Is this a double jointed finger that is just awkward looking? Its highly flexible.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i was born this way I believe. I know for a fact that I have never injured it.
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 1 year ago.

That is possible but it would be unusual to have one finger like this.

It has to be some type of injury in the past that did this.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is there any injuries that cause a bump on the PIP joint, make it lean away from other fingers and make it very flexible. Its flexible like a double jointed finger I believe but looks different. Maybe it happened when I was very young.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
However I have questioned my parents and they claim i never hurt any of my fingers or hands growing up. *sigh*
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 1 year ago.

Yes, any type of tendon rupture can do this

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Would the bump be scar tissue if there was a tendon rupture at some point? Would an xray help give some answers?
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 1 year ago.

1)yes, it could be scar tissue or a balled up tendon

2)yes, maybe

Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for this question

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