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Finger Splints Help Arthritic Fingers

Always Consult Your Doctor Before Using a Splint

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Updated January 04, 2012

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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 PIP joint (the joint closest to the knuckle) or DIP joint (the joint closest to the end of the finger).

So that you choose the splint most appropriate for you, it is best to consult with your doctor before buying or using one. A few different types of finger splints are described below, so that when you discuss finger splints, you will have a better idea of what is available.

1. Scrip Oval 8 Finger Splint

Wearing a finger splint can offer extra stability and help to align the small joints of the fingers. According to the manufacturer, this splint can be worn various ways to help correct finger deformities caused by arthritis.

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2. Murphy Ring Splint

This splint is typically used to help correct such finger deformities as the swan neck or boutonniere deformities.

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3. Rolyan Extension Finger Spring

This splint is a finger extension splint designed to correct contractures. Flexion contractures are fingers that are bent in toward the palm.

4. Ossur Finger Splint Oval-8

The Ossur splint helps stabilize finger (DIP and PIP) joints as well as treat tendon or ligament injuries.

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5. Sammons Preston Joint Jack Finger Splint

This splint helps correct PIP flexion contractures.
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6. Coast Static Progressive PIP Finger Extension Splint

Applies constant force to help correct finger flexion contractures of the PIP joint.
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