Finger Splints May Help Arthritic Fingers

Consult Your Doctor Before Using a Splint

Finger splints are used to protect fingers and to help align the small joints that may be affected by arthritis or injury. There are several different types of finger splints. The splints serve to stabilize or work on extension of the proximal interphalangeal joint (PIP joint or the joint closest to the knuckle) or the distal interphalangeal  joint (DIP joint or the joint closest to the end of the finger).

Consult with your doctor before buying or using any of the finger splints. Determine which is most appropriate for your condition. Different types of finger splints are described below so that you understand your options. There are buddy splints, static splints, stack splints, and dynamic splints for the fingers. The goal of wearing a finger splint is to protect and support the joint, as well as keep the finger joint properly aligned. The splint can be used to immobilize a joint in a certain position or to increase the mobility of a joint that is stuck in a particular position.

Hand deformity is not uncommon with rheumatoid arthritis. When I was first diagnosed, back in the 1970s, finger splints were not recommended to me. I can't help but wonder if finger splints would have made a difference.

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Oval 8 Finger Splint

Oval 8 finger splint
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Wearing a finger splint can offer extra stability and help to align the small joints of the fingers. The Oval 8 Finger Splint can be worn various ways to help correct finger deformities caused by arthritis. Buy from Amazon »

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Buddy Loops

The Buddy Loop is looped and fastened over two fingers to straighten and support the finger that needs splinting. One finger serves as the support for the other. Buy from Amazon »

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Sammons Preston Joint Jack Finger Splint

The Sammons Preston Joint Jack Finger Splint helps correct proximal interphalangeal joints (PIP) flexion contractures. The joint jack promotes normal alignment. Buy from Amazon »

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Coast Static Progressive PIP Finger Extension Splint

The Coast Static Progressive PIP Finger Extension Splint applies constant force to help correct finger flexion contractures of the proximal interphalangeal joint (PIP joint). Buy from Amazon »

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BORT MobiDig® Extension Finger Splint - L

The BORT MobiDig Extension Finger Splint keeps the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joints from flexing. There is finger padding for added comfort. Adjusting the spring increases or decreases the pressure. Buy from Amazon »

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Padded Frog Type Finger Splint Medium

The Padded Frog Type Finger Splint is a padded aluminum splint which keeps phalangeal joints in position. It is designed to be pliable and malleable to ensure a proper fit. Buy from Amazon »

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STAX Finger Splint Kit (30 Piece Kit Sizes 1-7 - Flesh Color)

The STAX Finger Splint Kit is an assortment of 30 finger splints which are stored in a sealable container. The splints cover the distal phalanx and protrude to the DIP joints. Sizes included: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5.5, 6, 7. Buy from Amazon »

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Bort DigiSoft Hand Splint & Finger Immobilizer

The Bort DigiSoft Hand Splint & Finger Immobilizer supports up to two fingers. It has three fasteners so that you can customize the compression and stabilization. The straps go around your wrist and hand for excellent support. Buy from Amazon »

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Finger Sleeves

Reusable elastic finger sleeves are used for pain relief, arthritis, light warmth, and mild compression. Buy from Amazon »

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