Archive for the ‘Finger Splint’ Category
Did you punch something harder than your hand? It happens. The boxer fracture, simply put, is a broken pinky. It’s painful and aggravating. Generally it happens when punching something. A splint is a much better treatment option than a cast for this type of fracture. A splint can be removed, and washed. Also, it’s much easier to sleep in than a plaster cast. A splint is lower profile (smaller), and significantly more comfortable. Absolutely worth trying. Learn more about the TKO Boxer Fracture Splint.
What is a Dupuytren’s Splint?
Let’s start with Dupuytren’s disease. Dupuytren’s Disease is a thickening and shrinking of the layer of flesh just under the skin of the palm. It can cause lumps in the skin, and can draw the fingers into a bent position.
There’s a layer of tissue, called fascia, under the skin of the palm. This tissue helps keep the the skin from sliding around when you grip things. This tissue shrinks in some people, and pulls on the skin and fingers.
A finger splint like the one pictured above can stretch the fingers to keep them more straight. This can help avoid or postpone surgery in some cases. If surgery is required a finger splint can help prepare the area for surgery, making the surgery less complicated and more safe. And after surgery a finger splint can be worn at night to help prevent recurrence of the condition.
The TKO (The Knuckle Orthosis) by Hely & Weber can be used as an effective Dupuytren’s Splint. It is lightweight, durable, and comfortable. This finger brace can also be easily washed and dried – important for people who must wear an orthopedic brace every day.
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What is a 3rd and 4th Buddy Splint? Buddy taping is a well known and useful method for treating sprains, dislocations, and other finger injuries. The idea is to bandage or tape an injured finger to the healthy digit beside it. The bandage or tape is usually stiff and does not allow the injured finger to move. The problem with traditional buddy splinting is that the tape can break down the skin, there is a possibility of circulation loss, hygiene can be a problem, and ulcers are a concern for diabetics.
The TKO (The Knuckle Orthosis) is a great alternative to buddy splinting. Skin breakdown, circulation problems, and ulcers can all be avoided because this finger splint is constructed of plush orthopedic felt on one side and padded stays on the other to provide protection and stability. This splint can be removed so it can be washed and dried. This helps with the hygiene. Also, the injured area can be inspected. This is especially important for diabetics.
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What is a radial gutter splint? A radial gutter splint can be used to treat soft tissue injuries and fractures to the second and third fingers. A radial gutter splint can also be used as a positioning splint for certain types of rheumatoid arthritis.
A radial gutter splint is applied to decrease movement and provide support and comfort by stabilizing an injury. A finger splint like the one pictured above can also be used to assist in healing or to temporarily immobilize an extremity.
The TKO (The Knuckle Orthosis) is manufactured by Hely & Weber, a company that specializes in orthopedic bracing. The TKO is a versatile finger splint. The brace can be used as a radial gutter splint, a boxer fracture splint, a 3rd and 4th buddy splint, and a Dupuytren’s Splint.
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Let me guess…you punched something harder than your hand? Don’t worry, it happens all the time. So often in fact that 5th metacarpal (pinky) fractures are referred to as boxer fractures.
A boxer fracture splint is designed to replace a plaster cast. A hand brace like this is a great treatment option for a broken pinky because it can be adjusted for comfort, and removed for showering. It is easy to put on and take off. A good boxer fracture splint can be ordered in the “intrinsic plus position”. That means the brace is pre-bent to position the fractured digit where it’s supposed to be.
The hand splint pictured above will also provide protection for a broken finger. In case you bang your finger on something the brace will help cushion the blow.
Finger splints are often used to treat dislocations, finger joint pain, and finger dislocations. A baseball finger splint is usually constructed of foam and aluminum. They are easily moldable and tape isn’t required. Did you jam your finger? This type of splint can help.