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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 doctor or other medical professional in a hospital or orthopedic clinic. Buddy wrapping may also be used when medical help is not immediately available, for example in the wilderness.
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