thumb - needs tiny tennis elbow band

My right thumb has tendinitis (for several months now) on the palmar side, from using the numeric keypad, specifically the "0" key hundreds of times a day. The thumb must move under the palm to reach the key. I have looked for a keypad with a different arrangement, but have not been successful. Besides icing in the evenings, I have taken diclofenac, which helped the lateral epicondylitis, but not the thumb, because I have no defensive tool, such as the arm band I wear for the elbow problem, which really helps give it a rest for healing.
Today I had a brainstorm. A similar band for the thumb! I used regular elastic, 3/8 inch wide, wrapped it around my thumb 1/8 inch above the knuckle, and took a few stitches to maintain the length. I have monitored the temp of the thumb tip to make sure it is not compromising circulation, and so far, so good. I have tested it with my usual actions that cause pain, and I think it is working. If I jerk my arm back with the thumb extended (just for a test), it still hurts, but less stressful movements, like pulling up sweatpants or opening a drawer have been much less painful than before. Is such an item available? I have not been able to find one. Note: I have experienced de Quervain's tendinitis on the same thumb, and I know the difference.

Posted By Shirley on October 07, 2005 at 13:32:02:

The Simply Stable VOS, valgus overload stabilizer elbow brace is designed to help control valgus overload stresses during functional overhead motions. The overhead motions associated with throwing, tennis and volleyball put a tremendous stress on the elbow joint and ulnar collateral ligament (UCL).

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