Alternative: Chinese finger traps
Traction can be applied by use of Chinese finger traps and a countertraction force (such as the weight of the limb, or a small sandbag). Firm pressure over any displaced fragments will reduce any displacement.
Unstable oblique or multifragmentary fractures may require more prolonged traction and/or continual traction during cast application. Under these circumstances, suspension of the limb using Chinese finger traps will maintain the traction whilst applying a cast.