What is a finger splint?  A finger splint is a medical devise that consists of a flat, padded, moldable, aluminum stick.  It is to be bent over and around a finger.  In order to keep the finger immobile.  Finger splints are used to treat a variety of injuries or conditions.  Such as arthritis, fractures, sprains, being jammed, etc.  Further more they come in different sizes and shapes, with or without a cold gel pack, etc.  Whatever your condition, there is a model for you.  But what do you do when you need a finger splint and you do not have one? 

The Story
I had just finished a visit with my chiropractor, he had adjusted my thumb.  I had developed Trigger Thumb, which is similar to Trigger Finger (when a finger will catch or lock in a bent position).  He said I should pick up a small finger splint to protect from re-injuring and a prolonged recovery.  The first aid kit, in the car, did not have a finger splint.  I really was not expecting it to, but I looked anyway.  I had tape, but what else could I use to immobilize the thumb?  I looked around my car to see what else I could use.  I had this, that and the other thing.  Then I saw what I could use... Here is my solution for a Impromptu Finger Splint

The intent of this instructable is to give you the knowledge to
1)  provide first aid with common on hand items.
2)  provide an alternative for a limited use medical devise,
3)  encourage you to engage in a Do It Yourself franchise and community.

2) Quick and
3) Durable.

Warning  I had already been to the doctor and he told how to wear a splint.  Remember to consult with your doctor as soon as you can.

Step 1: Materials

1) Tape (whatever you have on hand),
2) Gift card (whatever you have on hand, preferably one that is empty).
3) Cotton, gauze or some sort of padding to prevent a blister.

Skill Level:
Easy.  Follow these instructions to make your own Impromptu Finger Splint.

Time to Complete:
3 – 5 minutes

Pain Level:
Minimal. Once you immobilize the finger.

Warning  Remember to consult with your doctor as soon as you can.

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