Is your finger bruised, swollen, and stiff because you jammed, sprained, dislocated, or broke it? One of the most simple yet effective treatments for an injured finger is buddy taping. You’ve probably seen a volleyball player with his or her fingers taped together but were maybe unsure why.
If you haven’t heard of it, buddy taping is used for various finger and toe injuries, including some non-serious finger fractures. It’s a technique that involves taping your damaged finger together with a healthy finger. This allows your healthy finger to act as a splint, keeping your hurt digit in a natural position for healing. Our buddy finger wraps share the same philosophy as buddy taping, without the hassle of tape.
These non-slip finger straps can be used to treat many finger injuries including:
To treat a jammed finger, you must first understand what it is. A jammed finger is typically a sprain to one of the ligaments located in your finger. Each of the joints located in your fingers have collateral ligaments that run along each side of the joints. These collateral ligaments are normally jammed due to a fall on an outstretched hand or from sporting injuries, especially football and basketball. (Check out more sports specific braces.)
Now that you know what a jammed finger is, follow these treatment guidelines:
Use rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) to help alleviate swelling and discomfort.
Buddy wrap your finger for 2 to 6 weeks to heal.
Take a break from the activity that caused your injury.
If you suspect a serious sprain or fracture, seek medical care. The buddy finger wraps shouldn’t be used as a substitute for seeking medical attention.
So which works better for your injured finger - buddy finger wraps or tape? Here are the five major perks of using our finger straps instead of tape:
The one size fits all design allows the buddy wrap to be worn comfortably for finger or toe injuries. By holding two or more of your toes together, buddy wraps provide support to help realign and heal your injured toe. (Learn more about using this wrap for toe injuries.)
When applied properly, your hurt finger should be wrapped to an adjacent finger above and below the injured joint. This ensures that the joint is protected from harmful twisting and sideways motion, but also allows you to flex and extend your fingers as needed. Many athletes are able to return to training fairly quickly, wearing these sprained finger wraps to prevent further injury.
Splints provide secure and reusable finger protection without adhesive or rough edges, eliminating the need for buddy taping. (Shop additional finger immobilizers and stabilizers.) Tape is hard to keep clean and can’t be reused. Our buddy finger wraps can last for weeks during your recovery process if cared for properly. Check out the frequently asked questions below for washing instructions.
Made from a soft and comfortable foam-like material, these buddy straps are perfect for everyone, from elderly people with frail skin to patients with tape allergies. Adhesive on medical tape often includes latex, but our buddy finger wraps are 100% latex free.
They are also easily removed, protecting your hurt finger without the messy and painful removal process associated with medical tape.
The breathable foam finger loops are lined with a rubberized, non-slip hex material that grips your skin to prevent slipping or rolling during work, athletic activities, and more.
What conditions / injuries do these finger wraps treat? Treats and protects fingers after injuries such as sprains, strains, mild breaks, dislocations, bruising, swelling, and jammed fingers.
How do they work? These soft, finger wraps are designed to hold two fingers together securely so the undamaged finger can act as a brace, providing comfortable immobilization, support, and protection, to help realign and heal injured joints.
Who can wear these braces? Thanks to its universal design, men and women of all ages can benefit from these finger stabilizers.
What size should I get? One size fits all.
When should I wear them? You should always follow a doctor’s instructions regarding usage. But generally speaking, you can safely wear these buddy splints until you can seek medical care. Don't use them as a substitute for seeking medical attention.
What are they made of? Latex-free foam, lined with a rubberized, non-slip hex material, and fasteners.
How tall are these finger splints? The finger splint is a half-inch wide.
How do I put them on? Take two buddy wraps, undoing the fastener to open them up. Grab one buddy wrap and slip the loop portion over your injured finger, sliding it down just below your injured joint. Wrap it around the adjacent uninjured finger and fasten with the fastener. Grab a second buddy wrap and repeat to attach it above your injured joint.
Washing Instructions: Hand wash in warm water with mild soap. Allow buddy wrap to air dry completely before reapplying. Do not use high temperatures to wash or dry.
Natural, non-invasive fix for many sources of finger pain.
“Buddy” finger protects your injured finger from further impairment during recovery.
Easy to put on, take off and adjust.
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