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finger turned white, sore and painful from wearing plastic splint

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 3, 2008
  • 11:43 AM

I've been given a plastic splint/cast to wear on my finger after a sporting accident and diagnosis of mallet finger. So far fine... problem is the finger's got so sore just after one day and the skin underneath is white and wrinkled and chafes in the splint.

I've been told that I need to leave the splint on for 6 weeks, keep my finger positioned so it's hyper-extended and in the meantime not let my hand get wet (fairly impossible), but it was so painful I had to unwrap it and take it out of the splint this morning. Is there something I can put on the skin before replacing the splint to help?

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  • When you take off the splint, slide it off on a table so your fingertip remains extended. Otherwise you might as well not wear the splint.You can wash normally, just try not to take it off by accident when it gets slippery.Your finger is probably swollen and bruised if the injury was recent. Take some anti inflammatory medication for a few days to reduce the swelling. It could be that the splint is too small for you finger of course. Have you taped it on? I suggest gently taping it in place just a the base of the splint with micropore tape, ensuring that the splint is attached to the skin. Make sure the tape and splint are not so tight that they cut off the circulation to your finger (which it sounds like is happening). The finger should look the same as the others.Failing this, go back to your doctor or pharmacist and get them to check it.
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