Pricking repeatedly your finger tips for blood glucose tests can make your fingers sore. Especially if you have to use a computer keyboard or do some manual job.
The most common way to get a drop of blood is a spring loaded lancet device on the tip or sides of the fingers.
Since the early 1980’s, Ron Raab, Founder of Insulin for Life, has been using the back of the fingers and thumb around the U-shape where the nail meets the finger and gently using a lancet to prick the skin 1-2mm from the nail. Just with the lancet, without using the spring-loaded device. The video shows the technique for this alternative testing site.
It’s less painful because you need very little pressure and there are less nerve endings in these positions. However, it is important for the individual to experiment to find out what is most satisfactory for them.