How to tape a sprained finger

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How to tape a sprained finger
Bandaging a sprained finger may help the injury heal. (Getty Images)

Most of us have sustained a strained finger at times. While this injury can typically be very painful, there are easy ways to treat a sprained finger. The most common way is to create a splint and tape the sprained finger yourself.

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Things you need

  • Medical tape
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Gauze

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  1. 1

    Get the supplies. You will need medical tape, gauze and some lollipop sticks. Most chemist shops and some supermarkets will have all the supplies you will need.

  2. 2

    Wrap a thin layer of gauze around the strained finger.

  3. 3

    Lay a lollipop stick underneath the sprained finger. Your finger needs to rest on the stick so the stick can keep the finger straight while the finger heals. Simply rest the finger on the stick.

  4. 4

    Bandage the tape around the stick and the finger. Don't wrap it too tightly.

  5. 5

    Change the lollipop stick splint at least once per week until your finger has had adequate time to heal.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep on eye on that finger. Make sure that it does not get too red. If it does, simply loosen the tape or reapply the tape with less tension.
  • Consult a GP if your finger doesn't feel better after a few days.
  • Do not over tighten the tape on the splint as this may decrease the blood flow to your finger.

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