You’ve done your research and/or you’ve talked to your health care provider about your injured, arthritic or hypermobile finger. You’ve decided that an Oval 8 splint is the right solution for your finger problem. Now what? For your Oval-8 splint to be effective, it needs to be a good fit– snug enough to provide control, but not so tight it is uncomfortable. So how do you answer the question – what size Oval-8 Finger Splint do I need?
There are 4 important things to know about Oval-8 splints to help you choose your size
- Oval-8 sizes are quite precise and the difference between sizes is rather small
- Each splint has the Oval-8 name followed by the size on the bottom of the band (Hold the band up to a light to make it easier to see the size)
- Each Oval-8 splint fits a bit tighter or looser depending on which end slips on the finger first (The end with the Plus+ sign is 1/2 size larger and will fit looser when put on the finger first. It is important that you try the splints on both ways when trying to find the best fit.)
- When choosing the size that fits best, you must make certain you are wearing it as recommended for your problem
If you are treating a Mallet Finger and want to hold the end joint straight, the band must be on the top of the joint
If you are treating what is commonly called a Swan Neck Deformity, where the middle knuckle bends backwards, the band will fit on the bottom of the middle knuckle
If you are wearing it to stop Trigger Finger, fit the splint so the band is on the top of the finger and the oval section in your palm
If you are wearing it to stop Trigger Thumb, fit the splint so the band is on the top of the thumb and the oval section in your palm
To determine what size Oval-8 to choose there are a few different sizing methods you can use:
1. FLEXIBLE MEASURING TAPE
Use a flexible measuring tape to measure around the joint of the affected finger. Oval-8 Graduated Sets make choosing the correct size easier by giving you the extra splints needed for swelling and other changes in your finger size.
2. OVAL-8 SIZING GUIDE
The Oval-8 Sizing Guide is a paper measuring guide you print and cut out to measure for the Oval-8 sizes most likely to fit. Watch our step-by-step video “How to Choose the Correct Size Oval-8 Finger Splint” for additional help on how to use the Sizing Guide.
For more tips on choosing the Oval-8:
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3. OVAL-8 SIZING SET
The Oval-8 Sizing Set is a complete set, which contains one splint of each size, 2 to 15. The Sizing Set lets you try several sizes as needed to get the right fit.
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