What tape best against damaged fingers/toes ?

What tape best against damaged fingers/toes ?

Post by Henk van Tij » Tue, 27 Aug 1996 04:00:00


Hi,

I was wandering: what is the best tape to prevent your fingers/toes from
getting damaged or protecting wounds against further damaging ?

I'd like to hear the kind of tape (material (plastic/cotton,
woven/nonwoven), type of glue, its original purpose, ...). This because
a specific brand may not be universally available.

While we're on the subject, does tape really help ?
I bought some Da Kine hand gloves while experiencing blistered hands in
Margarita, but I did'nt have the impression they mattered a lot.

Take care,

-henk

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What tape best against damaged fingers/toes ?

Post by Glesh » Tue, 27 Aug 1996 04:00:00

My $.02:
To prevent further damage one alternative is a variation of what gymnasts
( high bar ) used to do.  Take a cord about 3mm thick. Cut off about two
feet.  Fold it over in half so there is a finger loop at one end. Leave
room for your finger and tape the next 8cm together with water proof
adhesive tape.  Place the loop over the finger just above the tear on your
hand.  For me it is usually the left ring finger.  Tie the cord around
your wrist. Improvise.  Cut off any excess.  It will still hurt when it
presses against a rip but the friction and further injury will stop.  This
system tends to slide on the hand so you will need to experiment with
tying techniques to stablize it.  Also, you will need to hold on with your
fingers a bit more.

Luck,
Bob.

 
 
 

What tape best against damaged fingers/toes ?

Post by Booker C. Ben » Tue, 27 Aug 1996 04:00:00

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>Hi,

>I was wandering: what is the best tape to prevent your fingers/toes from
>getting damaged or protecting wounds against further damaging ?

- - The only tape that's any good is tape that will not come off 5 minutes
after you get in the water. DUCT TAPE ! Tape is of marginal usefulness,
super glue is probably better for holding down loose skin.

- - The problem is to toughen up your hands before, not after. I've found that
BAG BALM[1] works great in allowing my hands to heal up enough between sessions.
I also use tinture of bezion (sp?) to toughen up my skin early in the season.
You can get both of these at most drug stores in the USA.


[1] - Bag Balm is a mixture of lanolin and a topical anti-biotic used on
        cow udders.

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What tape best against damaged fingers/toes ?

Post by NLW TFW » Tue, 27 Aug 1996 04:00:00

I've tried many kinds of tapes and gloves, and settled on good water-proof
bandaids and the vinyl-***d cotton gloves, the basic half-fingered
yellow Trophy brand or something similar. Here's the sequence.
1. Sail bare-handed until I first feel a spot just begin to get "hot". If
I think I  feel a hot spot, it's time for protection. If  I KNOW I feel a
hot spot, the damage is done. If I get through a few days without hot
spots, the callouses are starting to develop and maybe I'll get through
the season without blisters.
2. At the first inkling of a hot spot, I put on one or both gloves. That
moves the friction and pressure somewhere else, stopping the blistering
process at the original hot spot. If another hot spot starts up, it's time
for greater protection in the form of bandaids under the glove. Dry your
hands, add a bandaid and maybe some petroleum grease (Vaseline) or bag
balm. Again, if lucky, you can juggle one or both gloves until the
callouses develop.
3. If you go too far and get a blister, or rip a callous or blister out by
its roots to leave a screaming one-cm ***y pit in your palm with at
least 1,000 nerve endings in it, it's still easy to fix. Vaseline or bag
balm, a bandaid, and the glove, and the pain is shut off. Go sail. If the
bandaid really won't stay on under the glove, wrap the hand and bandaid
under a layer of tape under the glove. Problem solved. The pit won't hjurt
until it gets dry, so don't let it dry. Keep a greasy bandaid on it 24
hours a day.

At night, whether you have ***y blisters or just tender palms, slather
on the bag balm (or Udder Butter -- same ingredients), slip on some cotton
gloves to keep the greasy ***on your hands and off your sheets, and hit
the sack.

And use your harness more effectively. Your hands are for jibing, and
sometime for aggro wave sailing, not for slalom sailing. In straight lines
and in B&J-type maneuvering and jumping, your harness should carry
virtually all the sail's load.

Mike \m/
Never Leave Wind To Find Wind

 
 
 

What tape best against damaged fingers/toes ?

Post by JiMME » Tue, 27 Aug 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> I've tried many kinds of tapes and gloves, and settled on good water-proof
> bandaids and the vinyl-***d cotton gloves, the basic half-fingered
> yellow Trophy brand or something similar. Here's the sequence.

What about actual cut fingers? Now that i've lost the tip of my one finger, I've been
trying some new taping procedures! Here's what works best:
Vaseline or Vitamin E (preferably) covering the area of pain
Bandaid(s)
White hockey tape covering injured area from top to bottom
Finger ripped off of surgical glove and pulled over finger (ever do anything like this?)
Tape over surgical glove, proceeding to tape around hand numerous times

It's necessary to wrap around your hand, because the tape will _always_ come off if you
don't! <g>
Also, i sometimes stick a big wad of kleenex in their, but it gets soaked and disgusting
regardless of fingered gloves..

Quote:
> And use your harness more effectively. Your hands are for jibing, and
> sometime for aggro wave sailing, not for slalom sailing. In straight lines
> and in B&J-type maneuvering and jumping, your harness should carry
> virtually all the sail's load.

When do i hook in?
I don;t hook in until i'm planing (sometimes quite a few feet!)...
Should i wait until planing, then hook in, and then attempt to get in the foots?
Or do you guys hook in immediately, and start in the straps?
Thanks!

Quote:

> Mike \m/
> Never Leave Wind To Find Wind

Also.. mike.. i love the NLW TFW, but i'd like to know what the NM stands for!
(I'm starting to live by Never Leave Wind To Find Wind!)

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What tape best against damaged fingers/toes ?

Post by Saulius Muliol » Wed, 28 Aug 1996 04:00:00



Quote:
-0700 writes:



>>Hi,

>>I was wandering: what is the best tape to prevent your fingers/toes from
>>getting damaged or protecting wounds against further damaging ?

>- - The only tape that's any good is tape that will not come off 5 minutes
>after you get in the water. DUCT TAPE ! Tape is of marginal usefulness,
>super glue is probably better for holding down loose skin.

All that becomes unnecessary if you just learn to rely on your
harness
properly. Ease up on your death grip on the boom!

Take off!!
Let's see some fin!!

The rec.windsurfing FAQ file is at
 http://www.interlog.com/~aoldham/windsurf.html


http://www.en.com/users/winderi/index.html

 
 
 

What tape best against damaged fingers/toes ?

Post by Bill Cric » Wed, 28 Aug 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> Hi,

> I was wandering: what is the best tape to prevent your fingers/toes from
> getting damaged or protecting wounds against further damaging ?

DUCT TAPE! great for covering proto blisters. Apply it before you get
the blister. Old whitewater trick;-)

Bill Crick

 
 
 

What tape best against damaged fingers/toes ?

Post by Deja V » Fri, 30 Aug 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> Henk,  Once you already have blisters (as you did in Margarita), gloves,
> tape, etc. will not do much to relieve pain or aid healing IF you
> continue to sail every day.  So, let's face reality.  You're somewhere
> windy and warm and you have blisters.  What are you gonna do?  Stop
> sailing or sail in pain?  Sail with the pleasure of pain, of course!

> jt

I saw a product sold in pharmacy that acts like a glue that you could
put directly on open wound instead of bandages. I haven't tried it yet
but could be promising. Unfortunately the name escaped me.
Alternatively, duct tape works great. you only need to glue another
piece on the other side so it does not stick to your wound. Let me know
if this works also for you.
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What tape best against damaged fingers/toes ?

Post by NLW TFW » Fri, 30 Aug 1996 04:00:00

John --
That's what I thought until I tried Vaseline under a Bandaid under a thin
sailing glove. It kept bleeding a bit, but didn't hurt at all.
Mike " \m/ "
Never Leave Wind To Find Wind

 
 
 

What tape best against damaged fingers/toes ?

Post by John Tannoc » Fri, 30 Aug 1996 04:00:00

Henk,  Once you already have blisters (as you did in Margarita), gloves,
tape, etc. will not do much to relieve pain or aid healing IF you
continue to sail every day.  So, let's face reality.  You're somewhere
windy and warm and you have blisters.  What are you gonna do?  Stop
sailing or sail in pain?  Sail with the pleasure of pain, of course!

jt

 
 
 

What tape best against damaged fingers/toes ?

Post by pmdub.. » Sun, 01 Sep 1996 04:00:00

That product is called NuSkin and is a liquid you paint on.  I have seen it
in pharmacies here in Canada and in Aruba.  I paint it on and cover with
Johnson and Johnson waterproof tape.  Works great.  I find duct tape doesn,t
last.

Paul

 
 
 

What tape best against damaged fingers/toes ?

Post by Wind Visio » Mon, 02 Sep 1996 04:00:00


says...

Quote:
>While we're on the subject, does tape really help ?
>I bought some Da Kine hand gloves while experiencing blistered hands in
>Margarita, but I did'nt have the impression they mattered a lot.

Usually, sore hands is an indication of not keeping your weight on your
harness lines but since you mentioned Margarita that changes everything.
My hands had been tough from sailing all through the winter. After the
first day in Margarita I had big blisters. By the next day the blisters
disapeared and were replaced by holes. Everybody I saw had holes. If you
check out my Margarita report at
http://www.visi.net/windvisions/margarit.html you will see a picture of
Julie eating brownies with her hands wrapped with duct tape. Various other
remedies were seen all over the beach but the duct tape worked for me. It
greatly reduced the pain, Slowed the progress of the "cavities", and
wasnt' slippery at all. Isn't duct tape great?

--
Glenn Woodell-  Windsurfing the lower Chesapeake Bay, Hatteras and
anywhere else my surfmobile and my credit cards will take me.  If you're
not scared, your board is too big.
http://www.visi.net/windvisions/index.html

 
 
 

What tape best against damaged fingers/toes ?

Post by Neau » Tue, 03 Sep 1996 04:00:00

Amara gloves work well to prevent blisters without adding bulk to the
grip.  I use the house brand of waterski gloves from Overton's in
Wilmington or Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina (big mail order supplier)
but have used other brands.  Get the right size so you don't exert any
effort keeping the glove from sliding in your hand.  If you get a blister
because you're not using gloves, duct tape your hand, and then put on the
glove to keep the tape in place.  Salt water is much harder on hands than
fresh.