Dealing with Digit Injuries

Broken fingers may be common orthopedic injuries, but they can actually be pretty serious. While many broken fingers can be treated using a simple taping method, some injuries may require medical attention. Here is what you need to do if you happen to come across a finger injury over the long weekend.

How to determine what to do:

Before you start to tape the finger, make sure it isn’t deformed. If you have a broken thumb or deformed finger (abnormal swelling or twisted incorrectly), you go to the emergency room. If there are any open wounds, decide if the injury needs stitches, or if it requires a simple dressing. Injured fingers with no deformities or open wounds can be taken care of using the “buddy-taping” method.

The “buddy-taping” method

Use medical cloth tape to either cut or tear the tape to the desired length.

  • If the broken finger is the index finger or the middle finger, rip two pieces of tape, so each piece fits in between the joints of the two fingers. The pieces of tape should not cover the joints, but they should be as wide as possible for comfort. Make sure they are not too tight, so no additional swelling or numbness occurs.
  • If you have injured your pinky or ring finger, tape the top pinky joint to the middle of the ring finger (between its two joints), and then tape them together below their bottom joints. Taping these fingers together allows the thumb and second and third fingers to be used, giving the hand more functionality.

This taping system helps to reduce inflammation in the finger and keep the injured finger in place, giving it time to heal. For some fingers, you might have to angle the tape.

If you have any questions about a finger injury, or need to find an urgent care to help near year, visit


Tags: , ,

Comments are closed.