Buddy wrapping or buddy taping is the act of bandaging a damaged (particularly a fractured) finger or toe together with a healthy one. The bandage is usually stiff, not allowing the digits to move; the healthy digit acts as a splint, keeping the damaged one in a natural position for healing. This method is also used for sprains, dislocations, and other injuries.
This treatment may be performed by a physician or other medical professional in a hospital, orthopedic clinic, or other medical facility. Buddy wrapping may also be used when medical help is not immediately available, for example in the wilderness.
A layer of absorbent cotton or gauze is placed between the digits to prevent the breakdown of the skin with resultant ulcers and/or infection. In addition, the bandage is not applied tightly, but in several non-encircling layers. This will prevents cutting off the blood flow to the digit that a too-tight wrap can precipitate. If the fracture part is only partly fracured, e.g., a greenstick fracture, the buddy wrapping method may also be used.
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