How to Tape for Trigger Finger

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How to Tape for Trigger Finger
Trigger finger can keep hands from functioning normally. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Trigger finger is a condition that affects the tendons in the hands. Often there is popping and pain at the finger joints. However, when the condition progresses and any tendon in the finger cannot properly extend, the finger becomes locked and is unable to straighten. Knowing how to properly tape the affected fingers can enable you to keep the condition from progressing. It is especially important to stabilise the affected fingers during sleep so you do not unintentionally bend your fingers at unnatural angles and make the condition worse.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Medical tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure 1 inch of medical tape. Cut the piece of tape from the roll.

  2. 2

    Attach one end of the tape to the affected finger, so that the length of the tape will wrap around your finger. The tape should be over the knuckle joint.

  3. 3

    Wrap the tape comfortably around the entire knuckle joint.

  4. 4

    Smooth the tape with your fingers to ensure it stays in place.

Tips and warnings

  • Once you are awake in the morning, remove the tape from your finger. You should expect some mild stiffness in the joint, but you should attempt normal use of your hand.
  • If taping your finger does not improve the symptoms, see your doctor.

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