Knee warmers & arthritis

Updated November 21, 2016

When suffering from knee arthritis, keeping your knee joints warm can lessen the pain and stiffness you experience and may prevent flare-ups. When arthritis strikes the knee, the knee swells and becomes inflamed. Early-morning stiffness is a characteristic of arthritis, as is limited movement in your knee joint and tenderness around the knee joint. A knee warmer may eliminate some of these problems.

Arthritic Conditions

Arthritic conditions include osteoarthritis--the degenerative, wear-and-tear form of arthritis that many middle-aged and elderly people suffer from; rheumatoid arthritis, which can disfigure your joints and cause horrible pain; and fibromyalgia, which consists of body-wide muscle aches and pains.

According to the Johns Hopkins Medicine website, arthritis may be associated with cold, wet weather and can be further exacerbated when the barometric pressure fluctuates drastically. Those suffering from osteoarthritis are impacted primarily by high humidity, whereas those with fibromyalgia are affected by high barometric pressure, according to a study done by Johns Hopkins. Those with rheumatoid arthritis are affected by both high pressure and high humidity.

Knee Warmers

Knee warmers are items you wear to keep the heat in and the cold out. Arthritic joints do not like the cold. Wearing a knee warmer will keep your joints warmer, making them less likely to react to changes in the weather.

Construction and Fit

Knee warmers are made from lambs' wool, which provides gentle, thermal compression and soothes aching knees. The inside of the knee warmer is tapered so that it contours to the specific shape of your knee, explains Knee warmers can be constructed out of soft Angora wool, which feels soft against your skin. Knee warmers should fit securely and not roll or bunch up when you wear them.


Knee warmers are designed so that your knees will not sweat. There is a breathable layer of polypropylene that pulls the moisture away from your knee. The nylon and acrylic threads in the knee warmer allow the warmers to support and stretch as well as be comfortable to wear. Knee warmers can be worn when you are sleeping or when you are active.


Many knee warmers contain latex. If you are allergic to latex, avoid knee warmers containing this material.

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Cindi Pearce is a graduate of Ohio University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism. She completed both the undergraduate and graduate courses offered by the Institute of Children’s Literature. Pearce has been writing professionally for over 30 years.