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Are finger supports available?

Q) I have osteoarthritis in my fingers, mainly my left-hand index finger (why that one specifically I don't know) and I type for a living. Is there anything I could use to support my finger while typing so it doesn't ache so much?
Lorna (Summer 2017)

A) Simple, inexpensive, one-finger splints are readily available online, but if you’re not confident about choosing one an occupational therapist or hand therapist should be able to give you advice on the best one for you. Your GP should be able to refer you to see one of these therapists.

It'd also be a good idea to:

  • consider investing in an ergonomic keyboard that reduces strain on the wrists, hands and fingers
  • make sure your chair and desk are at the right height, so you have an overall relaxed posture in your neck and shoulders
  • adjust your chair so your hips and knees are at right angles to give you good support for your lower back.

This answer was provided by Dr Tom Margham for the Summer 2017 edition of our magazine, Arthritis Today, and was correct at the time of publication.

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