Finger Taping

Finger taping is a common treatment method used to immobilize injured fingers. Here we demonstrate three methods of finger taping including the ‘finger buddy’ technique and support taping for the base of the finger.

The following guidelines are for information purposes only. We recommend seeking professional advice before attempting any self-treatment.

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Sprained finger taping (MTP joint)

A simple taping technique for a sprained finger where ligament damage has occurred at the base of the finger where it joins to the metacarpal bones of the hand. This technique can be adapted for any finger with the basic sports taping principles applied to prevent painful movements of the fingers whilst healing.

Finger taping to prevent flexion (bending)

This technique is designed to prevent bending of the finger joint and would be used if the finger has been injured and needs to recover in a straight position.

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Finger buddy taping

The finger buddy technique for supporting a sprained finger is to protect the phalangeal joint in between the finger bones, as opposed to an injury to the base of the finger.

The aim is to prevent movement of the injured finger during the healing stage of rehabilitation. Fingers 1 and 2 are usually ‘paired’ and 3 and 4 are usually best taped together.

What is Required?

  • 2.5 cm (1 inch) nonstretch white tape.
  • If necessary for small fingers a narrower tape can be used or the tape can be torn along its length to make thinner strips.
  • A thin strip of padding foam to place between the fingers for comfort and protection.

Step 1

  • Apply two strips of 1.25 cm (half an inch) white non-stretch tape – one above the injured joint and one below.
  • These will provide an anchor from which to attach the supporting strips.

Step 2

  • Place the strip of padded foam between the fingers to be taped.

Step 3

  • Apply two supporting strips from the two anchors above and below the joint around the ‘buddy’ finger.
  • This should allow the fingers to bend together but sideways movement should be limited.

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