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Finger Splints
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01/04/2008 18:09
jwilly 
01/04/2008 18:09
jwilly 
Finger Splints

I was wondering what are the most comfortable splints to wear on your fingers at night? The two types I have seem to put too much pressure on the finger and I can't wear them for very long.

John

01/14/2008 08:22
wach 

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01/14/2008 08:22
wach 

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Re: Finger Splints

How about the splint shown at the bottom of http://www.dupuytren-online.info/dupuytr...techniques.html ? It wears like a golf glove and people who used it consider quite convenient. Note that it only supports 3 fingers.

Wolfgang

01/15/2008 20:21
jwilly 
01/15/2008 20:21
jwilly 
Re: Finger Splints

Thanks for the input Wolfgang, I believe that glove type would be a lot more comfortable than what I'm presently using. Now if I can find a website that sells that model here in the states?

John

01/25/2008 03:38
marhill 
01/25/2008 03:38
marhill 
Re: Finger Splints

I second the question. The physical therapist I am seeing doesn't seem to have anything like the glove, and I think it would work much better.

01/26/2008 06:42
wach 

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01/26/2008 06:42
wach 

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Re: Finger Splints

marhill, I guess the glove is not yet marketed but still in prototype phase. I will inquire about its availability on the market. Sorry about the confusion!

Wolfgang

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I second the question. The physical therapist I am seeing doesn't seem to have anything like the glove, and I think it would work much better.


01/26/2008 16:49
marhill 
01/26/2008 16:49
marhill 
Re: Finger Splints

That's too bad.

The splint I have for use most of the time is molded for my finger specifically out of some sort of black plastic sheets (I had the choice of bright blue, as well) that they heat up (in water, I think) in an electric skillet, then can cut and mold. It is held to my finger by velcro straps. It is perfectly comfortable and would certainly keep a straight finger straight, but doesn't put much pressure on my finger. I have another spring-type splint that I wear for 15 minutes 3 times a day. I could probably sleep with it on my straighter fingers, but wouldn't be able to on my little finger, at least not at this point.

02/02/2008 18:29
marhill 
02/02/2008 18:29
marhill 
Re: Finger Splints

I have a new night splint that seems to work very well. It's made out of the kind of moldable plastic (heated up in water in an electric skillet and taken out with a pancake turner ). It covers my palm and 4 fingers (only 3 had NA, but the therapist thought it would work best overall 4).

My fingers were held as flat as possible--by a thin plastic sheet over my fingers that an assistant was holding-- and comfortably separated while she molded it.

The splint is held on with velcro straps. Four pieces of the loopy part of the velcro are attached to the splint to hold the straps--I assume they are glued. One strap of the soft part of the velcro goes around my palm and another right over the PIP joints of my fingers, which are where my curvature was. The strap over the PIP joints also has some foam on the inside--to make it softer and to apply more pressure on my fingers.

The only problem is that it gets a little sweaty--too bad they didn't have the plastic with the holes that is pictured on the above website--but is otherwise quite comfortable. If I wake up in the night, I just take it off briefly and dry it and my hand with a kleenex.

I don't know where the plastic sheeting is available in reasonable quantities, but molding the split and attaching the velcro seem like something you could easily do at home. I think you would need another person to either hold your finger straight or to mold the plastic. The plastic is molded by continually stroking to press it against the hand will it cools. You can reheat and remold the plastic if you don't get it right the first time. Also, you can glue on more sections of the loopy velcro if the first ones aren't right. You just have to be sure to cover any extra loopy parts with extra pieces of the soft part, so that they don't snag on things.

Hope this helps.

Marian

05/30/2008 15:06
gkdc56 
05/30/2008 15:06
gkdc56 
Re: Finger Splints

Wondering if there was any further information on that night splint prototype? It would be nice to have something you could put the hand into and kind of clamp it on to straighten out the fingers. I spend a lot of time placing my hand under my leg while I'm sitting, just for a good stretch.

05/30/2008 16:15
marhill 
05/30/2008 16:15
marhill 
Re: Finger Splints

The velcro strap on mine that is over the PIP joints applies pressure--and can be tightened to apply more pressure. Is there any way to post pictures on the forum? I can get pictures of the splint with and without my hand in it.

05/30/2008 17:54
jwilly 
05/30/2008 17:54
jwilly 
Re: Finger Splints

I believe a person posted the following on this site but I've never tried it.
John

To add pictures to a website from your computer:
You need to create an account at a picture hosting site. I prefer photobucket.com. (it's free) You upload pictures there from you computer and once the photos are in your album, underneath the pictures you'll see code for direct link, html and img code. All you have to do is copy and paste that IMG Code into your post and it automatically comes up.

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