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How to Tape Injured Thumbs

author image Wendy Rose Gould
Wendy Rose Gould is a professional journalist who has contributed to "Glamour" magazine and the Huffington Post, among other publications. After internships at the "Indianapolis Business Journal," "Kiwanis International" and "NUVO Newsweekly," she earned BA degrees in journalism and philosophy from Franklin College in 2008. Gould specializes in lifestyle topics.
How to Tape Injured Thumbs
You can use any variety of medical tape.

While a mildly injured or sprained thumb isn't a serious ailment, it is necessary to protect the your thumb from further damage by wrapping it with medical tape and a thumb splint. This keeps the thumb in place which, in turn, provides the thumb muscle ligaments enough time to heal. Avoid sports or other extreme movements while your thumb is healing. If you suspect your thumb is broken, visit a medical professional before wrapping it yourself.

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Step 1

Begin with your hand held like this.
Begin with your hand held like this.

Hold your hand with the injured thumb up so the palm is facing you.

Step 2

Start the tape at the top of the wrist and roll it down and then behind the back of the hand.

Step 3

Roll the tape over the top of your hand between your index finger and thumb.

Step 4

Roll the tape down across the palm toward the wrist. Wrap the tape around the wrist once to create a full circle.

Step 5

Cut the tape and secure it. Repeat these steps one more time for extra support.

Step 6

Place a short splint against the interior of the thumb to prevent the thumb from bending. If you don't have a medical splint, use a piece of cardboard or similar.

Step 7

Repeat steps one through four several times, slowly working your way higher up the thumb. Stop taping once you've reached the thumb knuckle.

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