HAND/FINGER ORTHOSES

 

Daumfix Thumb Spica Splint
Characteristics:

  • Structure in plastic
  • Smooth surface

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  • Velcro closing strap on wrist
  • Protective glove in stretch cotton (Lycra), to be worn before applying the brace

Indications:

  • Rhizarthrosis
  • Tendinitis of the thumb
  • Tendinopathy of De Quervain
  • Metacarpal/phalange distortion
  • Steinser’s lesion
  • After effects of Bennet’s fracture
  • After effects of trapezoid metacarpal arthrodesis and thumb surgery

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Plastic Finger Splints
Characteristics:

  • Lightweight
  • Available in Clear or Skin tone

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Indications:

  • Designed to aid in the repair of ruptured tendons.
  • Fingertip and nail bed injuries; mallet finger.

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Frog Splints / Baseball Splints
Characteristics:

  • Padded aluminum splint.
  • Easily contours for proper fit

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  • Foam Padded

Indications:

Helps maintain phalangeal joints in position without bulky dressing.

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These types of orthoses are mainly used to immobilise a section of a finger or an entire finger/fingers. Injuries that would need immobilisation of a finger or a part thereof are usually either due to a fracture of an injury related to over use of the digit. To have greater control over the injured finger, it is common to include either a part of the hand or another finger in the brace as well. This method allows us to brace it more securely. Including another finger or part of the hand in a brace is commonly used when the injury is higher up on the finger.

Many of these finger orthoses, also known as mallet splints, are custom made while the patient waits. This is due to the small differences in the shape and size of fingers. It is also recommended that patients come in for weekly follow ups to reassess the fit and functionality of a custom mallet splint.