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How to Tape for Trigger Finger

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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

  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. Wrap the tape comfortably around the entire knuckle joint.

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

  5. Tip

    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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Things You'll Need

  • Medical tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

About the Author

Fahlen Brown

Residing in Raleigh, North Carolina, Fahlen Brown started her freelance writing career in 2011. She currently writes eHow articles and has held jobs in the administrative and customer service fields. Fahlen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Meredith College.

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