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October 13, 2023

How to Make a Wrist Brace With a Sock

The wrist and hand are one of the most complex sections of the body. They comprise 27 bones and numerous ligaments, tendons and muscles which work together to perform the complex range of movements that we call daily life.

Wearing a wrist brace can help with rehabilitation, symptom management and protection against re-injury. Having the right wrist support can also improve performance in many sports including running, cycling, swimming and golf.

A wrist strap is a light-weight and adjustable support that wraps around the wrist to provide stabilisation. These can be found in a wide variety of materials and styles with most using a neoprene or elasticised polyester material. Wrist sleeves are similar to straps but cover the entire wrist joint. These can be found in a variety of materials and are often breathable allowing them to be worn comfortably for extended periods.

An anatomically designed combined wrist support is able to include all of the functions of a wrist splint and a wrist sleeve. This type of support provides a comfortable and stable fit while offering anatomical correction and additional features such as digit splints, palm stays and more.

This Instructable will show you how to make a simple wrist rest out of an old sock and some rice. You can replace the rice with other pellet-like fillers such as cherry pits or beanbag filling to get a different feel to your wrist rest. Once you have made your wrist brace try it out ensuring that the wide palm stay is on the palm side of your hand and the plastic loop buckles are on the top of the hand.