Keran Y. Hayllar
Arthritis gloves aren’t just for those with arthritis. The gloves can also be very beneficial for those with non-arthritic joint pain, as well as hand injuries. Some causes of non-arthritic joint pain include tendinitis, bursitis, gout, food allergies, celiac disease, infectious diseases and fibromyalgia.
Arthritic gloves can help those with arthritis, joint pain and hand injuries by providing
- Mild compression – to help control inflammation (some gloves have more compression than others)
- Warmth – to make tendons and muscles more pliable and elastic
- A cushion – to pad the joints and hands from knocks and bumps
If you suffer from inflammation in the joints or hand, buy a pair of mild compression arthritic gloves that fit like a second skin. Most gloves will offer a size chart and tell you how to measure your hand for the perfect fit. Some gloves do stretch so don’t get too frustrated when you first put them on and feel like you purchased too small of a size.
If you have hand or joint pain but not much inflammation, a snug fitting glove can create pain so look for gloves with a slightly looser fit.
What to look for in an arthritic glove
- Compression capabilities – some gloves provide more compression than others
- Open fingered gloves – allows you to continue with normal activities since you will be able to feel and grip
- Look at the material the glove is made of – you want something that allows the skin to breathe so your hands stay dry
- Consider the degree of warmth you’ll need – I have a heavy and a light pair of arthritic gloves and use each depending on the time of year, the weather and the stores I’ll be shopping in (some are freezing which makes my joints hurt all the more).
So, arthritic gloves can help many people from those with joint pain of all kinds, including arthritis, to those with a hand injury. They can offer compression to help control inflammation, keep your hands warm for tendon and muscle benefits and act as a cushion that absorbs bumps and knocks.
The Relief Shop Medical Supplies offers a whole selection of arthritic gloves. You’ll find daily-wear gloves, warming mittens, mitts and muffs, driving and gardening gloves, as well as golf gloves.