Finding the best thumb brace for arthritis can support, stabilize, and relieve the some of the painfully common symptoms of arthritis. Your thumbs help to accomplish an incredible amount of the activities and tasks you perform every day. An arthritic thumb is like having an “injured” thumb because it affects your ability to execute these daily tasks. It’s straight up painful and debilitating. While utilizing a thumb brace for arthritis won't provide a cure, it can largely decrease pain you may be experiencing. These braces are designed to give your thumbs support by keeping them in the correct position and taking pressure off of damaged areas. If you’ve got arthritis pain in your thumb that's become quite the inconvenience, take a look at the top arthritis braces that we’ve pooled together and see which suits you best.
Due to popular demand, this brace made the top spot on our list. It supports the thumb and limits how much the thumb joint will move. Your fingers get to retain their full range of motion which helps. The freedom of this brace allows you to perform activities like cooking, typing, gardening, etc. It's a smart choice for those with gatekeeper's thumb, osteoarthritis and degenerative joint diseases.
This is our second pick and we like it because it helps reduce discomfort associated with arthritis in the thumb and carpal tunnel. It also helps thumb injuries to heal. The splint feature offers a lot of extra support and stabilization for a healing thumb (think a less intense cast), but you can remove it if you want to downgrade on the intensity of the support. It’s nice to have a variety of support options though, so we think that’s a big bonus with this brace.
We like this brace because it addresses multiple conditions (arthritis in the thumb, bursitis and wrist sprains) and because it is hypoallergenic. Hypoallergenic means it’s completely latex and neoprene free (some people can react to neoprene and it’s the material used in a large number of braces). Plus, this brace has an awesome fleece lining that is really comfy for your hand.
We like this brace because it offers compression and is well-suited for those with arthritic thumbs and people with tendonitis and carpal tunnel. This brace is also a good choice for post-surgery wear. We also like that it keeps the hand and thumb warm. This is a nice feature for many who suffer in the cold from arthritis.
This brace made our list because of its lack of bulkiness. We like that it almost fits like a second skin without being super glove-like because sleeve (or glove) style “braces” tend to offer less support and more compression. This brace offers a lot of support for the thumb. Made out of a hard material, it can withstand a lot of wear which is great because you will probably be wearing it a lot. You fit this brace by molding the metal that is embedded within its sleek gray exterior around your thumb. This brace is best suited for those with osteoarthritis.
This brace packs a punch with its no neoprene, no latex and no allergy design. It's actually made from quick dry yarn which is really cool. It also features a removable thumb splint. As an FDA approved medical device, this is perfect for those suffering from a sprained thumb, broken thumb, skier's thumb, trigger and keeper thumb, and a host of other thumb problems ("texting thumb" cough cough).
We made sure to include this brace because it targets both arthritis & carpal tunnel symptoms. With carpal tunnel cases on the rise along with today's increased use of computers and technology, more often than not you may be suffering from carpal tunnel pain too. This one can be worn on either hand. It can be worn during the repetitive activities that cause you pain for support and relief. Use while typing and more without losing the thumb's range of motion.
Once you have a brace, you can take some additional steps to further help you with your arthritis pain. Try these steps:
Arthritis, for many people, is episodic. In other words, flare-ups of arthritis symptoms come and go or have peaks and lulls. It’s hard to pinpoint exact nutrition remedies for this condition because there are so many factors that cause arthritis and the episodic nature makes it hard for researchers to discern whether food is truly behind positive changes in arthritis or if the person just experienced a lull in their symptoms due to the episodic nature of the condition. Nevertheless, if you are looking for even more ways to maximize the benefits your brace is offering you, try following these bits of dietary advice:
Sometimes people also find that reducing dairy and red meat helps lessen their arthritis symptoms.
Don’t wait longer than necessary to get a brace for arthritis in the thumb. It can’t be stressed enough how important your thumbs are in your ability to go about your daily activities (even the most basic ones). We’ve picked out 5 great braces. Each brace offers its unique pros and cons. As always, speak with your doctor, take time in doing research on your particular arthritic condition, and make the choice that is right for you. We don’t think you’ll go wrong with any of these choices, but choosing the one that is best suited to your individual needs is a smart choice.
Hope this article has been helpful :)
Nutrition Therapy & Pathophysiology by Marcia Nelms, Kathryn P. Sucher, Karen Lacey, Sara Long Roth 2nd ed. 2011. Wadsworth Cengage Learning.
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