Bending and contouring the plate
The dorsal surface of the proximal phalanx is gently convex. If a straight
plate is not adequately contoured to follow this convexity, tightening of the
distal screw will open the fracture on its palmar aspect.
To overcome this, the plate is slightly overcontoured so that when the distal
load screw is tightened, compression is generated evenly over the whole