Sprained Finger Taping

Sprained finger taping techniques. The finger buddy technique is used to tape an injured finger to an adjacent one. The second technique is for support taping for a finger sprain injury at the based of the finger (MTP joint).

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  • Finger taping to prevent bending
  • Finger buddy taping
  • Sprained finger taping

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

Sprained finger taping (MTP joint)

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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)

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This finger taping 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.

Finger buddy taping

Finger buddy taping for supporting a sprained finger where the injury is to a phalangeal joint in between the finger bones, as opposed to injury to the metatarsal-phalangeal joint at the base of the finger.

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

What is Required?

  • 2.5 cm (1 inch) non stretch 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 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 taping should allow the fingers to bend together but sideways movement should be limited.
This article has been written with reference to the bibliography.

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