All posts by Derek Bakelaar

New Location!

We are now accepting clients at our new location in Guelph, Ontario.  For the past year, Matt has been working closely with Derek to learn all about Digisplints.  Matt is opening up a new location in January 2019.

Digisplint Inc

EDS and Arthritic Hand Clinic

Chancellors Way Medical Arts Centre 

175 Chancellors Way Suite 104 Guelph, ON N1G 0E9

To make an appointment for either location please call 1-888-775-4687; we will ask which location you would like to go to.


But That Bracelet!

For many years now I have worn a MCP splint on both of my thumbs.  I wear these splints everyday as they prevent further damage to my thumbs and, most importantly, controls the discomfort and pain that my thumbs cause me.  With its simple design, the splint stops the hyperextension of my MCP joint.  For many people the worse part of the splint is the bracelet which is necessary to anchor the splint in place.  Over the years I have trialed three options for this bracelet and all three have pros and cons.



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This bracelet is made of stainless steel and is the one I started with and is the one that is on my splints today.  It is not overly pretty but it is functional and effective.  It is quick and easy to get on and off.  It holds the splint tightly in place while still allowing movement as it expands as I move.  It is the best option for me as I am very active with my hands, working in the garden, kayaking, cooking.  It sits tight against the skin which can become uncomfortable at times and can pinch delicate skin.


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This bracelet is much more dainty, and well, pretty.  It does not sit tight against the skin as it dangles around the wrist.  It is not as effective as the splint has more movement.  I found that I needed to push the splint back into place when I was actively using my hands.   I also found it very difficult to get on and off and often would need to have someone help me.  I was more likely to not put the splint on in the morning as it was difficult to do so.


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This option is not a bracelet at all but a separate 5mm sterling silver ring.  The splint was anchored firmly in place and allowed me to use my hands as I needed.  It was wonderful not to have anything around my wrist and it felt less obvious when I wore it public.   It was very comfortable most of the time.  My hands have a tendency to swell,  both from hot humid weather and from being active and working hard.  I wore this option on a camping trip earlier this year and with all the biking, hiking, and kayaking I did my hands swelled, the anchor ring became too tight and I could not wear it.


Every person is different and what is best for me may not be best for you.  I will suggest trying the Traditional Bracelet first and if that is not working then look at the Anchor Ring and then finally the Sterling Silver Bracelet.  If you would like to discuss these options please feel free to contact us.



We Cannot Fix It But We Can Slow It Down

Our goal at Digisplint is not always to “fix” the joints that are deviating from Arthritis, but to slow down or even STOP the progression of deviation caused by Arthritis.  There has been no visual changes in these fingers since she started wearing our splints.  There is 5 years difference between these pictures.



First we deal with joint pain and support… then we work on slowing down or stopping deviations.
We have clients that come from coast to coast to see us directly here in Exeter, Ontario. After 20 years of building custom finger splint, I know we can help you too. Call us at 1-888-775-4687 to book an appointment today!


Postal Strike

With the threat of a possible postal strike, Digisplint has suspended all shipments outside of Ontario.   If Canada Post and the union cannot come to an agreement by Monday, we will begin contacting our clients outside of Ontario to arrange alternate delivery.


I Just Do It!

Here are few words from Emily….

” Hi there, just a quick note to thank you again for my wonderful “new fingers” as my family calls my two splints. I’ve only had them a few weeks and I can’t believe the difference they have made. Within minutes of putting them on, I felt the difference. I am now knitting, cooking, using my hands in millions of way that, until I got my splints, required careful consideration and attention to avoid pain. Now, I don’t think twice. I just do it! I find I’m sleeping better, the ache in my hands is gone and I don’t constantly wake up. The splints are as comfortable as wearing a ring and I just am amazed at the difference in my daily life. Thank you again! “