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Before buying do your research
on March 15, 2014
The reason I ordered this product was to splint my left thumb to treat a condition called trigger finger. When it arrived, the product looked to be of excellent quality and very nicely designed, but size 10 was far too small for my thumb. I should have done my homework and found the correct ring size before ordering.
While waiting for the splint to arrive, I found that I could very effectively splint my thumb by wrapping it in Johnson & Johnson's 1/2" hospital grade waterproof tape, and that the tape would last all day. However, change the tape every day to avoid skin problems.
After the splint arrived, I found that size 10 was way too small. I should have gone to a jeweler and asked them to size my thumb. So I returned the product. By which time I went to a hand specialist who (temporarily) cured the trigger thumb with a steroid injection.
The trigger thumb came back again six months after the injection and I had need of a thumb splint again. This time around I purchased a ring sizing set for $9 from Amazon and discovered my thumb is a size 15. And ordered a size 15 splint from the manufacturer. I am wearing the splint now and am finding it very effective. However, to stop it from slipping off, I've been wrapping parts of the splint with the aforementioned Johnson and Johnson waterproof surgical tape, to cause a tighter fit.
NOTE TO SELLER
The ad for this product is inadequate. It should clearly state that the buyer must precisely determine the ring finger size for the finger to be splinted and then buy the appropriate size (I surveyed the various ads and chose the largest size I could see, size 10: unfortunately, size 10 proved to be too small for my thumb). To measure your finger size, either visit a friendly jeweler, or for about $10 order a ring sizer. Sizers are available that cover sizes 1 through 15, in half size increments.
I note that the manufacturer's website recommends buying three splints that bracket the ring finger size, because the diameter of an individual finger can vary over quite brief periods of time. Very pricey at about $30 for three.