We add pressure plates and filled spacers to many of our splints for one main reason: to increase the surface area at points of pressure on the splint; thus making the splint more comfortable.
To explain this, we can apply pressure to the finger using a narrow object taking note of the discomfort that is felt.
Then, we turn the object so that it is a much wider surface and apply the same amount of pressure…
…it is much more comfortable.
If you look at our rings, you will see that they all have a flattened surface almost like a small flare. We have designed our rings like that to be as comfortable as possible. However, for some cases that small flare is not a large enough surface area so we add a pressure plate.
A pressure plate can be added to any of our splints. Our most common application is for the Realignment Splint on the DIP joint as the distal ring sits right beside the nailbed which can be a sensitive area.
It is for the same reason that we now make all our spacers as filled spacers. We found that with open spacers many people had their skin protruding through the open spacer causing uncomfortable pressure.
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.
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.
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.
THE TRADITIONAL BRACELET
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.
THE STERLING SILVER BRACELET
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.
THE ANCHOR RING
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.
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!
Digisplint will once again be attending the ILC Foundations 3rd Annual Ehlers-Danlos Sydrome Conferrence (EDS) in Toronto November 6,7, & 8.
Make sure you stop by the Digisplint booth to see Derek and to see our products.
One of our EDS clients before her Digisplint Splints
Texting with her new Digisplints….