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The Importance of Restoring Function with Finger Prosthetics

A common misconception about finger prosthetics is that they are “cosmetic” only. This could not be further from the truth. When someone suffers the loss of a finger, either partial or complete, function is significantly reduced. Grip strength, grasping small objects, typing and pinching actions can be compromised. Everyday tasks that were simple before the injury become challenging. Unless the finger length is restored, typing requires unnatural manipulation of the hand to reach the keys. These unnatural movements will affect not only the hand but the wrist, forearm, elbow and shoulder. As someone ages these movements will lead to arthritic changes, muscular aches and imbalance. The rule in restorative prosthetics is to help the wearer return to using the hand as normally as possible; the closer to pre-injury function, the better. A properly designed and fitted finger prosthesis can make the return to natural function a reality.