Why would I need a splint?
A splint can be used on a finger after a break, dislocation or sprain. Not all such injuries can be treated this way, though, and some broken fingers may need surgery. Broken knuckles can often be treated with strapping.
What types of splints are there?
There are a number of different types of splint, made from different materials. The most commonly used splints are made from plastic, metal or plaster.
How are plastic splints used?
These are usually used for fingertip injuries. The most commonly used plastic splints come in different sizes, allowing a perfect snug fitting splint to be used, whatever your finger size. Tape is put around the base of the splint, keeping it firmly fixed to the finger.
A commonly used plastic splint, used for broken fingertips and mallet injuries
The splint fits snugly on the finger, but leaves the middle joint free to move
Tape can then be placed around the base of the splint to stop it sliding off
How long will I need to wear the splint?
This very much depends on the type of injury you have. Splintage time can vary from two to eight weeks.
Other relevant SurgeryWise articles: fingertip breaks, broken knuckles, fractures, hand surgery, mallet finger
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