Video: How to Make a Finger Splint

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Video: How to Make a Finger Splint

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Okay, class. In recent posts, I’ve written about finger injuries and how to treat them. In case you weren’t quite able to grasp :-) how to make the different finger splints, I’ve made you a video. My homemade splints may not be the prettiest, but they should be as effective as any until you can get definitive medical treatment.

Whether the splint’s metal, wood, or the uninjured finger next to the injured one (a buddy splint), the objective is the same: keep the injured area stable until it heals. In the video I show how I’d make a finger splint for the following:

  • Jammed fingers, sprains, reduced dislocations: For increased finger function, bend the splint so your finger joints are flexed a little. A buddy splint can work also.
  • Fractured fingers: Unless the bone is crooked, you’re not going to know whether the finger is broken without an X-ray. So if seems like bone might move—if it isn’t stable—use a regular splint and not the buddy type.
  • Mallet finger: The tendon must mend. Splint the joint straight, and splint it for eight weeks continuously, never letting the injured joint bend during that time.
  • Boutonniere deformity: As with the mallet finger, you can’t allow a boutonniere deformity to bend, even when changing splints.


  • Medical personnel can do X-rays and individualize your splinting. Sometimes these injuries require surgery, or anesthesia to straighten a joint. Even if you do everything right, the finger may still end up crooked, but your best bet is definitive medical care.
  • Any joint that’s immobilized for long is going to stiffen. After treatment you’re going to have to work, get the movement back, like squeeze a rubber ball. This may take days, even weeks.
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  • James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

    Dene, I’m glad you find the information helpful. I plan on writing some ebooks pretty soon to put things together in groups such as cuts, burns, sprains, etc. Later, maybe a print book. Meantime, feel free to print out any and all.

  • Dene B.

    I found your page through an article that was picked up on prepperwebsite(dot)com. You have some really great info here! I’ve been trying to put together some information on first aid in the event that I don’t have the internet available, and what I’ve found is that most of the things I find in book gives a temporary fix and then follows with “see your physician”. Well, that’s wonderful if a physician or hospital is available.. I’m looking forward to reading through your posts and printing out useful information for my binder. Keep up the great work!

  • James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

    You’re welcome, Matt.

  • Matt in Oklahoma

    Great stuff! This whole site is filled with awesome stuff. Thanks