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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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?
I injures my toe last week and all my doctor told me to do is buddy tape it to my big toe. How long would i need do this and do I need to do it 24/7?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer