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How long after a finger injury should I wait before buddy taping them?

How long after a finger injury should I wait before buddy taping them?

X-ray first...: With any finger injury you should have an x-ray to make sure that you don't miss a fracture, that may heal incorrectly. Once an x-ray is completed you will know if you need to individually splint the finger with something rigid, or if buddy taping is acceptable. Even with some fractures buddy taping is a good option, but this doesn't work for optimal healing of every finger injury. ...Read more

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Son broke his toe. They want him to see an ortho. Why? Will they cast it? Thought you just buddy tape it.

Son broke his toe. They want him to see an ortho. Why? Will they cast it? Thought you just buddy tape it.

It depends: A pediatric orthopedist is a specialist that deals with children's fracture. If the toe is displaced or involves a growth plate (especially with the big toe)buddy taping the toe may not suffice. The referral sounds like a good idea, as it might involve a cast or other measures. ...Read more

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I know I should ice it, but should I buddy tape it, finger splint it, or just keep applying ice (for how long)?

I know I should ice it, but should I buddy tape it, finger splint it, or just keep applying ice (for how long)?

Depend: If you have a contusion or sprained finger you really do not need to buddytape it. Ice it catefully the first 48-72 hours after injury. If it is broken then buddytaping is sometimes used. ...Read more

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Sm. finger injury 2+ yr ago, had closed reduction. Dr. recommends buddy tape to straighten finger. Can I use KT Tape to do this-no info on KT site.

Sm. finger injury 2+ yr ago, had closed reduction.  Dr. recommends buddy tape to straighten finger.  Can I use KT Tape to do this-no info on KT site.

AS long as it is not: too tight, allows motion when permitted, and is the right treatment for the issue then sure tape is tape. Personally, I like to use coban and then tape over the coban. I also often recommend padding in the small web between the fingers to avoid maceration or wear. Hygiene is very important as a dirty web space will not only smell bad but the skin can get irritated. ...Read more

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Went to pcp 5 weeks ago. Suggested to buddy tape toes, would not x-ray. Still black/blue, swollen, painful, won't straighten out. What should I do?

Went to pcp 5 weeks ago. Suggested to buddy tape toes, would not x-ray. Still black/blue, swollen, painful, won't straighten out. What should I do?

Displaced fracture: If eccymosis (black and blue) swelling and pain is still present after 5 weeks, you must have a displaced fracture of the toe. You should see your local podiatrist for the proper treatment. ...Read more

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Finger dislocation and continuing sports. Should I always buddy tape the weaker finger?

Finger dislocation and continuing sports. Should I always buddy tape the weaker finger?

6-12 weeks: I recommend continued buddy strapping during at-risk sports for 6-12 weeks after injury. Better safe than sorry. Remember to get those hands up in anticipation of the ball! ...Read more

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Up and I find it hard to play with this swollen finger, that was sprained last week. What do I do, continue buddy tape?

Up and I find it hard to play with this swollen finger, that was sprained last week. What do I do, continue buddy tape?

See a doctor: Could be serious. Maybe not. Unfortunately, even severe injuries could look innocuous. I personally feel it is important to have these injuries evaluated in order to rule out a more sinister injury. It could mean the difference between 3 weeks of buddy taping and surgery... ...Read more

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Broke foot and big toe is slightly turned towards the other toes. Buddy tape? Seems no one will help me. No ins no $$$$$

The question : Is not clear. How do you know the foot is broken? Which bone is broken? Many people have a big toe that turns towards the lesser toes, this describes a hallux valgus deformity (bunion) that can occur without a break. ...Read more

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Broke my toe a few weeks ago. Doc told me it wasn't a case where you use buddy tape, instead he gave me the rigid, flat shoe. Why?

Broke my toe a few weeks ago. Doc told me it wasn't a case where you use buddy tape, instead he gave me the rigid, flat shoe. Why?

Toe fracture: Maybe you had an unstable fracture, or a displaced fracture? It's difficult to question your doctor's decision without seeing the x-rays. "Not all fractures are created equal". ...Read more

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