FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the different types of finger splints?
Finger splints work by immobilizing an injured finger and protecting against further damage. However, since finger injuries are diverse in nature, there are many finger splints to accommodate each one, such as the mallet, Oval 8, frog, ring, and safety pin splints. Orthopedic splints like the Stax Mallet Finger Splint and Oval 8 help treat mallet fingers and trigger fingers. These are injuries to the thin tendons that cause the end joint of a finger or thumb to straighten. For finger sprains and fractures, frog finger splints immobilize the injured fingers. There are also protective splints like the STAX Finger Splint and the Specialty Protector Finger Splints. Plus, If you have arthritis pain, there are a variety of ring finger splints to choose from, like the LMB Light Flexion Finger Spring.
Where can I buy a finger splint?
While you can buy a finger splint at any pharmacy or big box retailer, Allegro Medical has an incredible inventory of finger splints for sale on its website. The selection features finger splints, including Bunnell Safety Finger Splint, trigger thumb splints, and splints for arthritic thumbs. In addition, Allegro has award-winning medical supply customer service, a Best Price Guarantee, and Afterpay.
Will a thumb splint help arthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a common type of arthritis that affects the CMC joint in your thumb. It is a degenerative disease that irritates or destroys the joint. However, you can get relief from this ailment with a thumb ice bath, anti-inflammatory medication, and wearing a thumb splint to relieve the arthritis pain by limiting the thumb’s movements. As a result, the joint can rest and heal. The Alimed Custom-Molded Spica Thumb Splint is one of many specialized splints that effectively helps relieve pain caused by an osteoarthritis deformity. Also, there are specially designed wrist braces with built-in thumb splints that provide added comfort.
Can you use a finger splint on your thumb?
Many finger splints don’t fit the thumb. However, the mallet finger splint fits the tip of your thumb, and the 3-point Oval-8 finger splint helps treat the trigger finger in the thumb, a condition caused by the inflammation of the tendons responsible for straightening your fingers. To help ease the pain and inflammation, the Oval-8 stabilizes and aligns the PIP and DIP joints in the thumb. You can turn this splint to treat six or more conditions.
How long should you wear a finger splint?
Generally, you should wear your finger splint full-time for six to eight weeks, depending on your doctor’s recommendation. Then, you should wear it for another two to six weeks while asleep. During this time, you should only remove it after a bathing session to let it dry. It would be best to keep your finger straight during the drying time to stay on track with the healing schedule. Early removal of the finger splint can further damage your finger and trigger possible surgery.
Should you wear a finger splint overnight?
After surgery or an injury, the aching and discomfort of the orthopedic cast may disrupt your sleep. However, you should wear your finger splint the entire time you are asleep. Since people naturally curl up their fingers unconsciously, you will need the finger splint’s assistance all day and night throughout the recommended wearing period. If you have trouble sleeping with the finger splint on, try some sleep hygiene methods like avoiding computer and cell phone screens one hour before bedtime, caffeine in the afternoon, and heavy eating before bedtime.
How do you know if your finger is sprained or broken?
In some cases, it is difficult to distinguish between a broken finger and a sprained finger. Both can be extremely painful and discolored. However, a broken finger will often look disfigured, misaligned, or strangely contorted. Also, it is almost impossible to stretch, straighten, or move a broken finger without severe pain. When in doubt, consult your doctor.
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