How to tape a sprained thumb

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When you play sports, like catching a ball, your thumb can get hurt easily. A sprained thumb must be immobilised and stabilised. Keep it still and stable, because when you sprain your thumb, it’s inner collateral ligament is damaged. This ligament is important for stabilising the joint. When this happens, you’ll feel pain and your thumb won’t move well. It’s also important to rest your thumb and protect it. You can use CureTape kinesiology tapes to help your thumb feel better and keep it stable. Doing exercises to make your thumb stronger can help too. If you don’t take care of a sprained thumb, it could get even worse. So remember: keep it still, keep it steady, protect it, and rest it. That’s how you can get better faster from a sprained thumb. And most of all, it’s always a good idea to see a doctor to make sure it’s okay.

Christina peter

Christina’s advice when taping your hand

When you’re taping your hand, cutting strips of tape can take up a lot of time. That’s why CureTape introduced a smaller roll, perfect for taping your thumb or finger. Alternatively, you can use the CureTape kinesiology tape cutter to easily cut strips from a regular roll.

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

How to tape a sprained thumb

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


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  1. Sit at a table and measure the tapes in a circular motion around the thumb to the back of the hand.
  2. To make the tapes fit, cut them lengthwise. The first tape should be about 1 cm wide and the second tape is about 2.5 cm wide.

Tip:you can also purchase pre-cut rolls of 1cm and 2.5cm wide for this purpose.


Applying the tape


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  1. Place the base of the first tape on the outside, at the top of the thumb joint without stretching.
  2. Secure the base, spread the thumb slightly, and apply the tape crosswise around the thumb with a good stretch.
  3. Place the anchor with less tension over the back of the hand and let it run over the wrist. Rub the tape on well.
  4. Repeat these tape instructions for the second 2.5 cm wide tape, applying it slightly overlapping the first tape.

Experience has shown that tapes in the hand zone loosen more quickly, meaning they need to be renewed more often. The sports version of CureTape is made of viscose, has 25% more adhesive power, and is very suitable for hands and feet. You can also protect the tape construction longer by wearing a glove.

Learn how to tape


Want to learn how to apply tape yourself*? We have created the ultimate guide for that! This helpful guide contains:

  • 30 taping instructions for common injuries that taping can help you with
  • 176 pages of clear written instructions
  • 200 step-by-step instructions accompanied by photo’s, illustrations and scannable video’s through QR codes

What are you waiting for? Order your copy today!

*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.