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The best arthritis gloves

Updated July 18, 2017

Arthritis is a condition that causes inflexibility and aching in many joints, including those of the fingers and hands. Arthritis gloves are known to ease that pain and also help with blood circulation, which can lessen arthritis. Which arthritis gloves are best depends upon the amount of compression desired, the fabric suitable for skin type and function -- whether fingerless or full-finger gloves meet an individual's needs.

Fit and Compression

The best arthritis gloves fit well. It is important they fit snugly to provide the compression you need for pain relief. Mild compression decreases the stiffness and swelling in your hands, and warms them by increasing blood circulation.

Close-fitting gloves stimulate the small capillaries and veins in your hands and fingers, dilating them. This permits oxygenated blood and nutrients to reach the affected areas, which helps relieve pain.

Avoid one-size-fits-all gloves. They must not be too large and roomy, or they will not provide compression. Since arthritis gloves are not worn for short periods of time like regular gloves, but often for entire days, it is also important that they not be too tight so as to cause discomfort over time.

Fabric

Fabric choice is important in finding the best arthritis gloves. They should be made of a breathable fabric. If not, they may make your hands hot. Although some warmth does help with the pain, gloves not made of a breathable fabric can get sweaty and uncomfortable.

Thermoskin gloves retain much of the body's own heat to relieve pain while still allowing the skin to breathe. These gloves can be worn for long periods without discomfort.

Choose gloves that are silky and soft. Some gloves are made from a blend of premium-quality cotton and bio-ceramic fibre that helps to avoid skin irritation from prolonged use or overheating. Other fabrics mix synthetic and natural elements that attract infrared rays and focus them onto the joints to provide warmth.

Function

Non-compressive arthritis gloves are available. These promote full use of the fingers and thumbs. However, they do not offer the advantages of compression.

For more use of your fingers combined with the benefits of compression, choose fingerless gloves. These will enable you to more easily grip and hold things during daily activities.

But if you want to wear arthritis gloves during the night, full-finger gloves are best. A looser general fit prevents skin irritations and provides comfort during the night.

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About the Author

Francine Juhasz has a doctorate in clinical psychology and is a Qi Gong and yoga teacher, health and nutrition freelance journalist and featured self-help and life-skills speaker. For more than 30 years she has conducted programs, workshops, seminars and private counseling sessions in emotional, mental, marital and sexual health and fitness in universities, elder-care communities and community centers in both the U.S. and Europe.