Certain finger injuries may require you to keep the affected finger bent in order for it to heal properly. This is easy to achieve with a simple taping technique…
This taping technique works by limiting the movement of the middle knuckle of the finger (that’s the proximal interphalangeal, or PIP joint) by preventing it from extending. Basically, the tape holds and supports the finger in a bent position. It is a very straightforward technique, but taping your own fingers can be a bit tricky so you may want to get someone else to help.
- 1.25cm Zinc Oxide Tape
- Scissors (optional)
Step 1: Hold out the hand with the back of the hand upwards, holding the injured finger in the bent position as pictured. Start taping on the side of the finger nearest the thumb, just above the middle knuckle, and bring the tape over the finger and down the other side. The tape does not need to be tight; just lay it on to the skin.
Step 2: Bring the tape around and under the finger so that it passes through the crease of the middle knuckle and then up the other side below the middle knuckle:
Step 3: From here, take the zinc oxide tape back over and around the finger so that it crosses itself in the crease of the middle knuckle:
Step 4: Now fully circle the finger with tape above the middle knuckle, so the tape lies directly over where you started in step 1:
Step 5: Cut or tear off the tape from the roll, and stick the loose end down.
Tip: If you need to keep the finger straight, rather than keep it bent, try this taping technique to prevent bending of the finger.