Why would I need finger strapping?
Finger strapping is commonly used for minor finger and knuckle breaks. The strapping holds the injured finger against the neighbouring uninjured finger, keeping the break in a correct position whilst it heals. If you suspect your finger or knuckle may be broken, it is important to seek medical advice as strapping may not be appropriate and you may require a splint or surgery.
How is strapping used for broken fingers & knuckles?
Two pieces of tape are being used here for illustration, but commercial straps are available that tend to be much more comfortable. It is important to not place straps too tightly, and if the fingers swell or the strap is too tight, then it should be taken off and re-applied more loosely
By avoiding the finger joints, the finger is still able to bend, avoiding stiffness of the joints while the break is healing
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How long will I need to wear finger strapping?
This very much depends on the type of injury you have. Strapping time can vary from two to six weeks.
Other relevant SurgeryWise articles: fingertip breaks, broken knuckles, fractures, hand surgery, mallet finger
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