What is Flexor Digitorum Tendon Rupture (Football or Jersey Finger)?

Jersey Finger is the name given to a rupture of the flexor digitorum profundus tendon near its attachment point at the end of the finger bone. It is caused by a sudden force being placed on the fingertip, typically when a football player tries to grab the jersey of a moving opponent which is why it is given the name Jersey Finger, which causes the finger to extend backwards resulting in a rupture of the flexor digitorum profundus tendon. Jersey finger presents as pain, swelling and bruising at the tip of the finger as well as an inability to bend the finger.

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