How do I keep my finger and splint clean?

The splinted finger must be kept clean and dry at all times. If the skin becomes wet inside the splint, it will become very sore.

It's important to wash both your finger and the splint at least once a day, following these instructions:

  • Keep your finger flat on the table, cut the strapping, and slidethe splint offyour finger.
  • Wash and dry your finger and the splint using soap and water. Keep the end joint straight at all times by keeping your finger flat on the table. You may find it easier if someone helps you do this each day, as any movement of the end of the finger will delay the healing of the tendon, and may even cause permanent damage.
  • Slide the splint back over the fingertip, still keeping the finger straight.
  • Replace the strapping this should cover the middle of the splint, but should not cover the middle joint of the finger.
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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018