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How to pick the correct style of splint ring for you?

Hi Friends, I know how overwhelming and confusing picking a style of splint ring can be, I've been there, and help people on the daily pick the correct style of splint for them too, I'm here to offer a bit of knowledge and help.

First question, what's going on with my joints?

The first step to have a successful splinting experience is to determine the kind of finger injury you're experiencing. This graphic can help you with that.

On you determine the kind of injury you need to treat, next step if picking a style of splint that treats your joint CORRECTLY, this part is very important, if you pick the wrong style of splint, your joints won't be supported correctly, delaying the recovery of the joint.

NOW that you know what needs to be treated, let's pick the correct style for you.


Hyperextension can be mild (less than 20 degrees) or severe (greater than 20 degrees).

If your hyperextension is mild, and you need splinting on your DIP, PIP or IP joints, the best option of splint for your would be a Swan Splint Ring.

If your hyperextension on DIP, PIP or IP joints is severe, you'll need the support of a Boutonniere Splint Ring.

Mallet Finger and Trigger Finger

When there's rupture of the lateral band, and the DIP joint stays in flexion, a mallet finger splint ring should be used to stabilize that joint.

If you're experiencing trigger finger, a similar style of splint will treat the joint correctly, you will need a style that keeps the joint stabilized, without allowing that joint to bend down, and help it heal.

Lateral Deviation

When the joint is deviating to the side, or toward other fingers, you'll need to look into a swan splint with lateral support or a boutonniere splint ring, worn with the bar on the side of the joint to treat lateral deviation.

Thumb Splints

We do have tons of options available for the thumb's IP, MCP and CMC joints, I'll be posting another blog with all that information regarding thumb splints.

Thanks for reading! And as always, if you have any questions, please reach out.



I've been making splint rings for over 10 years, my knowledge comes from experience making and recommending them to our thousands of customers, please consult your doctor or Occupational Therapist if you're unsure on which splint ring is right for you.


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