How to apply Tape: Finger jam

Finger jams occur when a blunt force is applied to a join of the finger. The force is generally directly into the tip of the finger and combined with hyperextension of the joint. Ligaments and other soft tissue surrounding the joint are stretched or torn resulting in significant pain. Swelling, bruising, and loss of motion typically accompanies the pain.

KT Tape can help stabilize the joint without locking it down, allowing for comfort and promoting healing to occur more rapidly*. It is more important to diagnose the sprain so that fractures or dislocations can be rules out or treated effectively. Failure to do so could result in loss of movement or chronic pain. Rest, ice, and NSAIDs can be very helpful in treating both the inflammation and the pain. If the pain does not subside within the first 12 hours and a medical professional has not been consulted, see a clinician to properly diagnose the sprain and identify any fractures or dislocations.

Application overview

“Jammed Finger” is a term that refers to the many injuries of the ligaments and soft tissue around the small joints of the fingers. Jammed fingers are very common in ball handling sports or activities where there is a high degree of catching objects. Finger jams occur when a compressive force hits the end of the finger, causing inflammation and pain in the joint. KT Tape stabilizes the joint without immobilizing it.

What you need

1 strip of KT TAPE
1 full 25cm strip cut in half vertically

Apple before activity

Apply one hour before beginning activity

Clean skin

Clean dirt, oils and lotions from area

Activate adhesive

After application rub tape vigorously to activate adhesive

Body position

how to apply tape a finger jam step 1

Hold hand up with injured finger pointed out.

PREPARE: Cut a full strip in half vertically to create two 2cm wide strips. Hereafter, these strips will be called narrow strips.

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ANCHOR: Anchor a narrow strip 5cm below the wrist.

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APPLY: Lay the tape down over the wrist without stretch.

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FINISH: Apply remaining tape with 10% stretch towards the tip of the finger. Then lay the last 2cm of tape down without stretch.

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ANCHOR: Cut a narrow strip in half. Lay the tape around the point of pain without stretch.

CAUTION: If you have skin sensitivities, cancer, or are pregnant, consult your doctor before use. Discontinue use if skin becomes irritated or sore. KT TAPE® is not a replacement for professional medical care. Warranties and remedies limited to product replacement cost. READ ALL CAUTIONS ON ENCLOSED INSTRUCTION SHEET PRIOR TO USE.