Small, lightweight and easy to use, foam finger splints are a great addition to a sports first aid kit. Here we describe a simple foam splint technique to protect and immobilise an injured finger.
Step 1: Bend the splint lengthways into a gutter or half-pipe shape. The splint should run along the underside of the injured finger, cradling it, as pictured:
Step 2: Either pinch in the excess length of the splint, or trim it off with Tufkut scissors. In our picture, we’ve left the excess length in place and simply pinched it in:
Step 3: Tape the splint onto the finger with zinc oxide tape. Circle with tape once between the knuckle and the first joint, and once between the first and last joint. Apply the tape gently – it does not need to be too tight. That’s it.
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