3 Exercises To Strengthen Your Little Finger

Finger injuries are one of the most common injuries that an athlete especially those who play sports like baseball, football, hockey, and volleyball are likely to get. Among all the fingers it is the little finger or the pinkie finger which is most vulnerable to injuries due to its shape, size, and location where just by being hit by a ball on the pinkie finger may cause significant injury to that finger. This is the precise reason as to why athletes who are at risk for injuring their little finger are advised to keep that finger strong. Strengthening the little finger keeps any sort of injuries and pain at bay. This article gives a brief overview of some of the Exercises to Strengthen the Little Finger.

3 Exercises To Strengthen Your Little Finger

Below mentioned are some of the exercises that are specific to the little finger and are formulated to strengthen that finger so that minor injuries do not impair the performance of an individual with any sporting or other activities. It is always recommended before starting an exercise to warm up as immediately starting an exercise may do more harm than good and may even cause an injury as the tendons are stiff.

It is recommended that before you embark on Exercise to Strengthen the Little Finger perform wrist curls or shake your hands and fingers and press the fingers against each other to make them supple and ready for exercises.

Ball Squeeze Exercise to Strengthen Little Finger: This is quite an effective exercise to strengthen the little finger. This is quite an easy exercise to do which not only strengthens the little finger significantly but also prevents it from small injuries. All you need to do is hold a tennis ball or a rubber ball in the palm of your hand and try to squeeze it as much as possible with as much force as possible coming from the little finger. You can do this till a count of 10. Do ball squeeze exercise for strengthening the little finger at least two to three times a day or every time when you are about to go out and play in a game.

Tabletop Exercise: This is yet another equally effective Exercise to Strengthen the Little Finger. This is perhaps the easiest of all the exercises that you can do to strengthen the little finger. All you need to do is place the palm of the hand on a tabletop or flat surface and press the little finger on the surface as hard as possible for about 10 seconds. This will put all the force on the little finger and strengthen it. You can do it every two hours or just before the game for best results.

Fingertip Pushups: Another Exercise to Strengthen the Little Finger is the pushups but with a difference. This time you need to try doing pushups using the fingertips instead of the palm. This will put a lot of pressure on the fingertips including the little finger and make it strong. You need to stop doing the pushups if your fingers feel fatigued or are not able to hold the weight of the body.

The exercises mentioned above to strengthen the little finger are most effective when performed in sets of 10 with one repetition each.

Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:November 28, 2017

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