Buddy Taping or 3pp Toe Loops- Which Works Better for your Hurt Toe?

buddy taping broken toe

Are you limping because you stubbed, jammed, dropped something heavy, or broke your toe?  One of the most effective treatments for a hurt toe is buddy taping. So if you’ve injured your toe, it’s likely that your healthcare provider sent you to your local drugstore to get adhesive tape, gauze or bandages to tape your toes together.

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What is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?

cubital tunnel syndrome

You likely have heard of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, especially if you have felt the pain, numbness, weakness and tingling in your thumb, first and middle fingers. You may not be as familiar with its cousin, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, which causes the same host of symptoms, but in your ring and little fingers. So what is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?

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Do I Need to See a Hand Therapist?

Hand Therapist

Do you need to get a grip, literally? If you are recovering from a thumb injury or a broken finger or have trouble gripping, pinching or grasping due to arthritis; this lack of mobility and pain can interfere with your everyday activities. You may be asking yourself, “do I need to see a hand therapist?”.

Most of us are familiar …

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What Can Help My Arthritis? Fact and Fiction

what can help arthritis

Cold weather helps my arthritis. When I eat raisins soaked in gin, I feel better. Slurping a sip of cider vinegar helps with my pain. If you suffer from arthritis, no doubt you’ve heard some of these statements. As with many conditions, searching for successful ways to deal with arthritis through mainstream and alternative methods is very common. If you’re …

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Is Plantar Fasciitis More Common in the Summer?

Plantar fasciitis and summer

The weather is warm. The flowers are blooming. Your outdoor activities have increased. And, ouch, the bottom of your foot really hurts! That pain could be Plantar Fasciitis  – inflammation and stress of the plantar fascia.(The ligament that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your toes and heel bone.) Plantar fasciitis (PF) is one of the most …

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Why Do I Keep Dropping Things? Hand Weakness

hand weakness dropping things

Are you having trouble holding onto things?  Do you find yourself constantly dropping your keys, or do you have difficulty holding onto your coffee cup or maybe the fork you pull from your drawer keeps slipping out of your hands.  While you might just be clumsy, you may also have a condition that is affecting your grip.  We’ve outlined 3 …

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How Long Do I Need To Wear My Thumb Brace?

mueller thumb stabilizer

You hurt your thumb and your health care provider or emergency room issued you a splint to keep you from moving it. Yes, it’s frustrating. You’re so compliant. You’ve followed your doctor’s orders and worn your thumb splint every day for an entire week.  And your thumb still hurts!  You’re probably now asking yourself — how long do I need …

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I can’t straighten my fingers – Dupuytren’s

Dupuytrens Contracture stuck fingers

What is Dupuytren’s

Suffering from stiff and painful fingers that don’t move the way you want them to is a common complaint. If you find yourself saying, I can’t straighten my fingers – Dupuytren’s (dew-pa-trans) Contracture may be the cause.  This condition causes your ring and little finger to curl in towards your palm and the tissues under your skin …

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How Will Your Doctor Know If You Have Thumb Arthritis?

CMC Thumb Arthritis

Although small, our thumbs are mighty. The remarkable mechanics of our thumbs allow us to use our fine motor skills—including pinching, snapping and grasping. That is why a painful thumb that keeps us from being able to write or grab a handle is no laughing matter. If your thumb is stiff, swollen or painful, and your grip feels weak, your …

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Is There Such a Thing as Being Double Jointed ?

is there such a thing as being double jointed

Double-jointed (adj.): having unusually flexible joints, usually in the hand, arms, and legs.

We’ve all seen it—the boy on the playground who can bend his thumb back until it touches his forearm or the girl who can straighten her arm until her elbow bows out and it looks like it’s been dislocated. Despite how it looks, is there such a …

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