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Monday, October 25, 2010

Toe Pain: Help with Budin Splints (email advice)

`Budin Toe Splint 1 ToeEmail from 10/25/10
Hi Dr. Blake:

When I saw you last week, we talked about using the Budin Splint, and I am getting some minor relief, but I suspect it will take some time. As you will remember I’m having pain on the third toe/metatarsal. Currently I’m using the Budin splint on that toe. But you also had them give me a double splint to use on the 2nd and 4th digits. I’m unsure as to when to use that – in place of the single budin splint eventually or alternating between the two?



Hey Doug, Thanks for the question. The picture above is a Budin Splint for the 2nd or 3rd toe. For pain in the 2nd or 3rd toes, patients have experimented with the loop over the 2nd alone (even for a 3rd toe problem), over the 3rd toe alone (even for a 2nd toe problem), or opening up the loop for buddy taping the 2nd and 3rd toes together. One of these 3 options should feel the best if you experiment for a week or so. Then try every other day with the double loop over the 2nd and 4th toes (even for a 3rd toe problem, and even though the packaging has the loops over the 2nd and 3rd toes. If you find one way that helps the most, go for it. If 2 ways seem equally helpful, then I would alternate ways every other day to put varying stresses on your foot. Good Luck. Rich
Also see one of the original posts on this subject.

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