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- Best for a boxer’s fracture: Soles Neoprene Boxer Break Metacarpal Splint
- Best for a sprained finger: Copper Compression Finger Splint
- Best for mallet finger: Neo G Easy-Fit Finger Splint
- Best for trigger finger: Dr. Frederick’s Trigger Finger Splint
- Best waterproof finger splint: 3-Point Oval-8 Finger Splints Graduated Set
- Best for the thumb: Mueller Reversible Thumb Stabilizer
- Best for kids: BodyMoves 5 Finger Splints
- Best for osteoarthritis: Dr. Arthritis Finger Splint
When you have an aching or injured finger, you’re usually advised to keep it still while it heals. But in the real world, life doesn’t stop for a sprained, jammed, or broken finger. Luckily, finger splints and finger braces are an inexpensive way to stabilize and support injured joints.
We looked at what products are available to effectively stabilize your fingers.
Splinting is an effective and low-risk treatment for injuries related to the tendons in your finger. Think of finger splints as temporary casts for your finger. They’re more flexible than a cast and easy to put on and take off for everyday use.
Common issues that may need splints include:
- trigger finger
- jammed or injured fingers
- osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- recovering from surgery on the tendons in your finger
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We chose splints for this guide based on the following criteria:
- Does it work? We evaluated clinical trials and hundreds of customer reviews to make sure that these splints are appropriate for what they claim to do.
- What is it made of? Some splints are only intended to be used for a couple of days or weeks, while others are meant to be more durable. We aimed to highlight splints that are made to last.
- Do healthcare professionals support it? We considered what occupational therapists, physical therapists, orthopedic specialists, and surgeons had to say about various types of splints and splinting regimens.
Best for a boxer’s fracture
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A boxer’s fracture can happen when you hit a hard object with a closed fist. This can cause a fracture at the base of your finger, typically your pinky or ring finger. Splinting this type of injury may help you avoid getting a cast or surgery.
This splint is designed to keep your pinky and ring finger still, while your thumb and forefingers can move freely. It’s made of soft neoprene, so it cushions while it stabilizes, and it’s adjustable with two straps. This particular brace is reversible, so you can use it on either your left or right hand.
Some reviewers with smaller hands say that this brace is too long, and there is no way to adjust its height. Since it only comes in one size, make sure you read the product reviews carefully when deciding if it will fit you.
Best for a sprained finger
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This copper-infused nylon splint is geared toward helping sports injuries, like jams and sprains, to heal. The compression strap fits around your wrist. You can adjust the splint to your finger’s width, even on your pinky finger.
Reviewers say it’s super durable and can be reused again and again, and that it’s soft enough to wear all day during your regular activities.
This might not be the best brace to wear overnight for arthritis or trigger finger relief, as the strap can easily loosen while you’re sleeping.
If later on the Velcro stops working, you can use double-sided Velcro tape to extend the life of the product.
Best for mallet finger
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Mallet finger, also called baseball finger, involves the tip of your finger or thumb becoming injured. It can typically be treated without surgery. A splint to correct mallet finger needs to reach to the very top of your fingertip to completely stabilize the affected joint.
You can slip this splint onto your finger, where it holds at the base. Comfortable padding stabilizes up to the fingertip.
It’s important that the length of this splint matches the finger where you intend to use it. This splint is available in small, medium, large, or extra large. You can use the measurement chart to help find your fit.
Best for trigger finger
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When you have trigger finger, the affected tendons become too inflamed for you to bend your finger at the joint. Splints can help keep your fingers stable while the inflammation goes down. This set of two-finger splints is designed to be adjusted for your ring finger, index finger, or middle finger.
Reviewers are particularly impressed with the design because it does not have any sharp edges, making it more comfortable to sleep with than competing splints. This splint is also made of durable materials and is meant to last a few months or more.
Even though its Velcro straps are completely adjustable, the splint might not fit as snugly as you’d like if your hands get sweaty. Consider using a piece of adhesive tape, such as medical tape, underneath the splint to make it stay on without slipping.
Best waterproof finger splint
- Price: $$$
This lightweight set of splints comes with three sizes. You can wear them in different ways, so you can play around with what works best for you. They’re waterproof and do not require any straps or adjustment. You can keep them on in the shower and even wash dishes while wearing them.
These splints probably won’t provide enough firm support if you’re healing from a fracture or sprain. Trigger thumb or mallet finger are the conditions these splints are most recommended for.
Best for the thumb
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This brace is specifically designed for your thumb. You can use this highly rated thumb brace on both your left and right hand, and it’s adjustable so it will fit most hands. You can wear it while you’re sleeping to help reduce arthritis-related inflammation of your thumb joint.
This splint is made with a high percentage of nylon, so it may become itchy or uncomfortable over time. The brace itself has antimicrobial protection, which keeps away bacteria, fungi, and other germs. But that doesn’t mean that it can keep your skin dry or keep the area free from irritation or infection.
Best for kids
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Kids who get jammed fingers or overuse injuries may benefit from splinting, but it can be tricky to find a splint that will stay put on smaller hands. This set of finger splints from BodyMoves comes with five colorful splints, each with two fully adjustable Velcro straps. As a bonus, this set comes with a pinky-size splint that can fit on even the littlest fingers.
The full-size splints in the pack may be too long for some kids’ fingers.
Best for osteoarthritis
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This padded finger splint can be used on any of your fingers and offers gentle compression as well as stability. It’s meant to treat pain from trigger finger, osteoarthritis, and other tendon-related conditions. You can adjust the Velcro straps to make the splint more comfortable, which is a big plus when you’re trying to sleep with a splint on.
This splint comes in two sizes, but many reviewers say that it runs larger. Since you need the splint to fit snugly, take a close look at product reviews before you purchase to make sure that it will fit.
When you’re looking for a splint, consider:
- Purpose. What health condition are you using this splint to treat? If it’s a chronic condition, you may need something that will be longer lasting. If you plan to use the splint to treat a specific short-term injury, you can shop according to that.
- Materials. Some splints are made of materials that won’t hold up after weeks of repeated use. Common complaints with over-the-counter splints are that they fall apart or leave aluminum or wires exposed. Other splints have Velcro straps that lose their “stickiness” quickly. Most can’t be washed, or at the very least need to hang dry.
- Fit. Not every splint is designed to fit every finger. If you’re shopping online, read product descriptions carefully, and if you’re able to see the product in person before buying, take a look.
Splints are readily available over the counter at most pharmacies and department stores. If you’re able to visit a location in person, you can take a closer look at a splint that you’re considering. This will probably give you a better idea of if the materials are durable or not. If you have a physical therapist or orthopedist, consider asking them for recommendations.
A finger splint may not work to correct a fracture, inflamed tendon, or manage osteoarthritis. If you’ve tried a splint and haven’t felt any difference in your pain level or range of motion, it may be time to consider another treatment option:
- Cortisone shots are sometimes used to treat tendinitis. These shots may not permanently resolve symptoms, but they can reduce inflammation and pain.
- Physical therapy can be effective to help you extend your range of motion, especially if your symptoms are caused by scar tissue or an old injury.
- Sometimes a splint won’t provide enough support for a fractured bone. In these cases, your doctor may recommend a finger cast for a short length of time.
- Surgery can become necessary to correct a broken or injured finger joint.
- Of course, resting your finger joints, if you’re able, is an ideal way to treat inflammation that can lead to other problems.
After you purchase your splint, make sure that you’re following care instructions to keep it clean and hygienic. Even the most durable materials can become deposits of sweat and bacteria over time. Always wash and dry your hands before and after using your splint.
While you’re splinting, keep practicing any recommended strength and dexterity exercises. If possible, speak with a doctor or physical therapist about additional steps you can take to keep your hands healthy while you are splinting.
Kathryn Watson is a freelance writer covering everything from sleep hygiene to moral philosophy. Her recent bylines include Healthline, Christianity Today, LitHub, and Curbed. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children, and her website is kathrynswatson.com.