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Impromptu Finger Splint

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Introduction
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

Objective:
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.

Requirements:
1)
Inexpensive,
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.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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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.

Step 2: 2 Pieces of Tape

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Cut two pieces of tape long enough to wrap around the finger and splint at least 1½ times.

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

Step 3: Mold the card to wrap around the finger

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

Step 4: Add Padding

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Put the cotton, gauze or some sort of padding between the finger and the splint.

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

Step 5: The Splint

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Put the card around the padded finger.

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

Step 6: Tape

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Wrap the tape around the finger and card in 2 places.

Note:  The Tape should not be wrapped too tightly, otherwise your finger will become numb.  If you notice any funny sensations in your finger then unwrap the tape and wrap the tape more loosely.

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

Step 7: Observations & Summary

Observations
1)  This can be used on any finger.
2)  The padding is important to prevent chafing and blistering.
3)  This is a temporary splint.
4)  You can use any kind of card. (gift, credit, ID, etc.)
5)  I have almost full mobility, except to bend the thumb at the first joint.

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.

Summary
In a pinch this works well.  He said I only needed it for a week or so.  I saved $5+ and I gained this knowledge for future uses.  In fact, I am typing this instructable with the splint on my thumb.  I am satisfied with the results of my Impromptu Finger Splint.

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