In our clinic this winter we noticed an increased number of women footballers coming in with injured fingers.
Usually these injuries occur from football v tip (sudden hyperextension) or tackling (rotation and hyperextension).
Most common injuries have been volar plate injuries (+/- avulsion fractures). That is, damaging the middle joint (PIPJ) on the palm side of the hand.
A few have arrived late having been buddy taped without success.
Buddy taping a volar plate injury will ususally not allow for quick healing and delay return to play.
Footy code (locally) enables play when plastic splint is fully covered with tape- we will usually have a splint for sport and another for the rest of the time.
We are encouraging early referral so we can get them moving within safe limits immediately. Whilst enabling repair and preventing deformity.
Author Jo Marsh
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