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The Facts About Ring Avulsion & How You Can Avoid It

Most people may have never even heard of ring avulsion, at QALO it's something we’re pretty familiar with. Our silicone rings are designed to help prevent exactly this problem. Here’s what ring avulsion is and how to most effectively avoid it.  

What is Ring Avulsion?

Ring avulsion is a pretty word for an ugly injury. It happens when your ring gets snagged on something and instead of sliding off of your finger, slides your skin and muscles off of your finger instead. It’s painful, ugly, and often results in the need for amputation. If you're brave, and you have a strong stomach, feel free to dive into a Google Image search - but we warned you. 

What Do I Need to Know About Ring Avulsion?

While most cases of ring avulsion can be linked to professions where people work with their hands, think professional sports players, mechanics, and surgeons, it isn’t limited to these people. Ring avulsion accidents can happen suddenly, without any warning and where you least expect it.

How Can Ring Avulsion Be Avoided?

Ring avulsion can best be avoided by not wearing rings on your fingers at all. However, we understand that rings are part of our culture, and often represent things that we are committed to. We want to be able to wear our rings at the gym, at work, and places we may not consider to be unsafe. For most of us, a life without rings is just not realistic.

The next best option is to remove rings when you’re participating in activities that could put your fingers at risk. Sports, mechanical work, recreation, and yard work are great examples. But, as we noted above, ring avulsion can happen to anyone at any time. Who would ever suspect that a walk between the kitchen and the living room could wind up nearly costing you your finger?

That’s why silicone rings are a safe alternative to help prevent finger injuries. They’re lightweight, flexible, breathable, and designed to keep you safe. If a silicone ring is placed under too much pressure, it will stretch and eventually snap, breaking free of your finger before your finger can be damaged. Additionally, silicone rings are smooth and have no rough or sharp edges. A metal ring often has small prongs used to hold stones in place. Those prongs are often what gets snagged on things. When you remove the prongs and have a smooth, flexible, silicone ring that will break under force, your fingers are much safer. It is also important to make sure you are wearing the correct ring size for you, check out our ring size guide for help.

Ready to find a better solution to your traditional rings? Find the perfect silicone ring for you.