Finger splints are used to hold the finger in place to keep it from moving, especially when your finger is injured, sprained or broken. This happens a lot in the case of the elderly as the bones are weak and fragile. They can also be used to increase the range of motion of a finger that is stuck in a bent position and is in need of stretching. Scroll down to take a look at the various finger splints that can be used by the elderly in case of finger injuries:
- Buddy splints: A buddy splint is when two fingers are taped together, like buddies. This basic splint is commonly used when the finger is strained. The finger needs to be taped at a point above and below the injured joint. For a sprained joint on the ring finger, the little finger should act as the buddy, as it would be otherwise exposed and vulnerable to more injury. Buddy splints should not be used in case of finger fractures.
- Static splints: Static splints are used to hold a joint in a specified position. It can be either to hold the finger straight or slightly bent. While static splints can be purchased at the drug store, they can also be custom made to fit an individual’s needs. These are great for the elderly people as it is used to treat tendon damages.
- Stack splints: These splints are used to treat injuries only affecting the tip of your finger. Static splints come in various sizes and are made of plastic, often with holes in them to allow air flow.
- Dynamic splints: These are complex splints that are made with a combination of metal, foam, and plastic. Again this is great for the elderly people as it provides a prolonged stretch for a joint that is stiff. Dynamic splints are often worn during the night or while you are resting. They also feature various spring-loaded systems that can be adjusted to provide the desired degree of movement of the joint.