I hope you are well. Just wanted to update you about my fingers. The lateral supports are just amazing!! I can put more pressure on my fingers and when my fingers are more bent I still have lots of support. I’ve had to re shape the rings a few times with a mandrel because I’ve been kind of hard on them, but that’s no problem. So far I’ve stripped paint off 4 car body panels, dug up and back filled a septic system weeping bed, snaked the weeping bed, packed a whole house, couple oil changes including one on a boat, disassembled a metal frame pool, helped lift a dock, and the list goes on.
I’ve even had a bit more success trying to play guitar again. Only downside is sometimes I get stuck trying to put a knitted sweater on.
So! All in all, I just love them so much. I’m very glad I got them on every finger.
Thanks so much again.
We have been building splints for over 18 years now and I still love coming to work everyday. To make something that somebody “needs” as opposed to making something that somebody “wants” is truly rewarding.
I just had a reminder last week of how time flies! A client contacted us to say that her splint had broken and was wondering if it could be fixed. After looking up the original invoice we noted that this splint was originally purchased in 1998… That’s 16 years!
Wouldn’t it be nice if everything we needed lasted that long???
Hereditary neuropathies are a group of inherited disorders affecting the peripheral nervous system. They are characterized by progressive loss of muscle control and/or sensory function. There are no effective treatments. I have had Hereditary Sensory Neuropathy Type 1 since I was 27. I am currently 51. It is a very slow progressing disease, but often disables the affected individuals severely after a long duration. My symptoms started in both feet and my symptoms include numbness, tingling and pain.
Within the past 10 years my hands and fingers have also been affected. I have had partial loss of fingers due to minor injuries where I cannot feel pain and cellulitis that has caused severe damage to my fingers. The slow-healing wounds on my fingers have developed into chronic ulcerations.
My latest frustration was my ring finger on my left hand was curling under due to loss of joint integrity. I am unable to straighten it. I researched splints for fingers on the web and found DigiSplint. Derek made me an incredible “Anti-Boutonniere Orthopedic Splint”. It not only gives me more function in this finger, I can now hold on to my cane easier and it looks awesome. Although this disease will continue to progress I am so thankful that I have been able to extend the use of my fingers with my splint from Digisplint.
I used to say that I actually see 1 client out of 10 orders that come through the fax machine or by email… but that has changed in the last year or so. We have had clients come to see us from coast to coast and when they call to make an appointment with me right at my workbench and are within a two hour drive, I usually say “you’re local!” We have had people drive up to 18 hours to make an appointment and I love the opportunity to sit with clients and fit each splint, one ring at a time to make that perfect fit while making it a little bit more personal.
This week has been a good week. Besides having six individual clients making the drive to Exeter, we have put out 14 separate orders, each ranging from one splint per order to eight custom orthopedic finger splints. Those orders came from therapists from several Provinces. Along with that, six measuring kits have been sent out to British Columbia to new therapists that have never used our splints before!
Quite often, when sitting with clients in my workshop, I hear them say that their doctor has said there is nothing that can be done about your arthritis. It bothers me… sure, one of the first things that I say or admit is that I can’t “fix” it… that being the deviations that happen to those precious finger joints, but I’m pretty sure that we can stop the progression of deviation that happens from the disease by applying continuous-passive-pressure to certain points of the finger to slow down or in some cases even stop the deviation that occurs. This is why; when I am speaking to therapists and Rheumatologists, I say it is better to be pro-active as opposed to re-active. Let’s get it at an early stage so that it does not progress to a point where it is difficult to pick up change or dig out our car keys, and doing something is better than sitting back and doing nothing!
If we are going to do something, let’s do it in a way where the splints you need do not look like splints. If you have to wear a splint every day for the rest of your life… then let’s do it in a way that preserves your dignity. Therapists love the custom splints we build because compliance is not an issue. People wear Digisplints as recommended by therapists/physicians and client love wearing the splints because they do not look like splints!