No matter how the injury occured, an injured finger oftentimes requires a finger splint. If you have bruising and swelling, or your finger is hyperextended, you can fabricate a finger splint from some common materials. Popsicle sticks, plastic knives, wooden stakes and stiff cardboard or plastic can all be used to create a makeshift splint. So, while you're waiting for an X-ray and professional help, use these steps to fabricate a finger splint at home.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Find a tongue depressor, Popsicle stick or plastic knife to use as the splint base. Line up the stick with the finger, on the palm side of the hand. The wood should extend slightly over the tip of the finger for stability. The other end will fit into the palm of the hand and will force the fingers to lie straight. If the finger is dislocated and cannot lay straight, forgo this step and go to Step 3 without using the wood.
Tape the splint onto the finger using paper tape. If that isn't available, you can use any pharmacy tape, or adhesive bandages.
Tape the splinted finger to the adjacent finger. Using two pieces of tape, wind one piece around both fingers near the fingertips and one piece around the fingers nearer the hand. Wind the tape twice, taking care not to make the tape so tight that it cuts off circulation to the fingers.
Tips and warnings
- Don't force your finger to move into a position that is painful. Go immediately to seek medical help if your finger is bent, cut, bruised or swollen.
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