Athletes who sustain metacarpal injuries such as nondisplaced and minimally displaced fractures or metacarpophalangeal dislocation have benefited from the use of a newly developed Plastizote hand/wrist orthotic device. This orthosis allows appropriate immobilization as well as early, safe, and effective return to contact sports during the healing process. Three case reports are presented along with applications and methods for fabricating this lightweight splint.
C.M. Bouvette and G.A. Malanga are with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation. W.P. Cooney and M J. Stuart are with the Department of Orthopedics, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation. R.W. Miller is with the Prosthetic Laboratories of Rochester. Address correspondence to G.A. Malanga, Mayo Clinic, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905.