How to tape a sprained finger

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If you have sprained or overstretched your finger, you can support the affected finger with kinesiology tape by immobilising it slightly. The tape application will help to reduce inflammation, and provide support and compression to the affected area. When applying the kinesiology tape, it is important to follow the instructions carefully. Once the tape has been applied, it is important to perform light stretches and movement exercises to help restore range of motion. Make sure to discontinue taping if any signs of pain or discomfort are present. If the pain, swelling, and/or restricted mobility persists for more than two days, consult a doctor or therapist.

Christina peter

Christina’s advice when taping your fingers

When taping your fingers, it’s crucial to choose a tape that provides strong adhesion and support. That’s why I recommend CureTape kinesiology tape. For regular use, CureTape Classic or Art is ideal. However, if you’re engaging in extreme sports or swimming, opt for the extra sticky CureTape Sports variant!

Christina Peter, Sports Physiotherapist and Tape Instructor for CureTape since 2003

How to tape a sprained finger

Tips for Effective Hand Taping:

  • Make sure you understand what’s causing the pain or discomfort
  • Check if there are any reasons why taping might not be a good idea.
  • Before you start, read the instructions carefully.
  • Choose a tape colour or print that suits your style!
  • Round of all the edges to prevent peeling.
  • Avoid stretching the tape at the beginning and end.
  • Rub the tape firmly for better adhesion; warmth helps activate the adhesive.
  • You can shower or swim with the tape on; just pat it dry gently afterward, avoiding vigorous rubbing.
  • To remove the tape easily, use body or massage oil.



Number of strips: 2.
Technique: muscle technique (considerable stretch).

Measuring and cutting the tape

  1. Sit at a table and measure the tapes from the tip of the finger to the wrist.
  2. To make the tapes fit, cut the strips of tape lengthwise. The first tape should be about 1 cm wide and the second tape should measure about 2.5 cm wide, depending on the width of the affected finger.


Applying the tape

Step 1:

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Step 2:

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Step 3:

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Step 4:

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Step 5:

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  1. Place the base of the first tape on the tip of the finger (fingernail), without stretching, and tape it in place.
  2. After the base has been attached, pull the tape with a considerable stretch towards the palm of the hand. Attach the end piece of the tape there and then stretch the finger.
  3. Rub the tape on well.
  4. To reinforce the first tape, use the second tape for additional anchoring. Do not use a stretch. Stick the base to the back of the hand and lead the tape to the palm. Rub the tape firmly.

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*This book is intended for people who want to tape an injury or complaint themselves. If uncertain about the complaint, consult a physiotherapist.

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Please note that the indicated tape applications and information on our website about the possibilities with kinesiology tape have not yet been scientifically proven. The statements and examples mentioned are based on long-term experiences of patients and trained therapists.

Contraindications not to tape: pregnancy, open wounds, broken bones, unexplained complaints, allergies and skin diseases, use of medication such as blood thinners, thrombosis and fever. Always apply tape in consultation with a specialist.