If you’ve sprained one or more of your major knuckles, you’ll need to limit the movement of the fingers while the ligaments in the joint heal. Here’s a straightforward taping technique that will help.
The major knuckles are the joints where the fingers join the hand and are medically known as the metacarpophalangeal joints (or MCP Joints.) The joint has several attached ligaments that are involved in moving the fingers, and these ligaments can be damaged when there is trauma to the hand. (For instance, a heavy impact or falling onto the hand.) Typical symptoms of a knuckle sprain are pain, swelling and discolouration in the area of the knuckle.
This taping technique aims to limit the movement of the affected finger and to support it while the knuckle heals.
- 1.25cm Zinc Oxide Tape
- Scissors (optional)
Step 1: Circle the hand once with the zinc oxide tape. The tape should run all the way around the hand, just above knuckles, as pictured. It does not need to be tight – just lay it onto the skin. This is the anchor for the rest of the tape job
Step 2: Start a strip of tape on the anchor at the thumb side of the affected knuckle. Bring the tape up to diagonally cross the knuckle onto the first joint of the finger. From there, loop the tape around the base of the finger, to come up on the other side of the finger. Finally, bring the tape back down across the knuckle. The tape should cross itself on the knuckle. Finish the strip of tape on the anchor.
Step 3: Lay another strip of tape on top of the strip from step 2. Follow the same path up and across the knuckle, around the base of the finger and back down across the knuckle. Basically, you’re looping the finger with tape to hold it so it can’t bend at the main knuckle. If more than one knuckle is injured, then add these tape loops to all of the affected fingers.
Step 4: Finish by laying another circle of tape all the way around the hand directly on top of the anchor from step 1