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Types of Arthritis Gloves and Tips for Wearing

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Many people want to use arthritis gloves to relieve pain from arthritis, but there are so many types of arthritis gloves, what kind of arthritis gloves should you choose? We have listed some popular arthritis gloves, keep reading to find the right arthritis gloves for you.

Thermal Arthritis Gloves

Thermal Arthritis Gloves are designed to provide warmth, thereby improving circulation and joint mobility. These gloves prevent you from waking up with sore, stiff fingers.


  • Improve circulation
  • Increase flexibility


  • Not suitable for warm weather or getting hot while sleeping

our suggestion:

For people with arthritis symptoms including unmanageable joint stiffness, we recommend thermal arthritis gloves. The warmth provided by thermal gloves will improve mobility and make everyday life easier!

arthritis glove splint

Glove splints provide extra support for your fingers. If you have weak hands and fingers, these arthritis gloves will protect you from injury - the last thing you need outside of arthritis pain!

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  • Support hands and fingers
  • prevent injury


  • Reduced range of motion can make everyday tasks difficult

our suggestion:

We recommend using glove splints for people with weak hands and fingers who need some extra support to prevent injury. Glove splints are best for people who don't need highly mobile fingers -- those who don't engage in daily activities like typing, carrying or grabbing small objects.

Arthritis Compression Gloves

Most arthritis gloves you encounter will have some form of compression. You'll find compression gloves for rheumatoid arthritis and compression gloves for swelling that improve joint mobility and reduce pain. Remember that resizing is the key to compression. Too loose and the gloves won't work. Too tight and they will be painful.


  • reduce swelling
  • Improve joint mobility
  • pain relief


  • Improper sizing can cause poor results or pain

our suggestion:

We recommend compression gloves to anyone with arthritis because compression gloves are great for reducing swelling, especially for those with rheumatoid arthritis.

Fingerless Arthritis Gloves

If you like to wear your arthritis gloves during the day and need a full range of motion and a good grip, you can choose fingerless or "open" arthritic gloves. Look for a pair that covers at least your first finger joints for as much support as possible.


  • Allows better range of motion
  • Maintains grip and touch for everyday activities


  • Not as supportive or beneficial as full-finger gloves

our suggestion:

For those who plan to wear arthritic gloves during the day and whose work involves activities such as typing and grasping small objects, we recommend fingerless gloves.

Who Should Consider Arthritis Gloves?

If you have arthritis, you should probably consider wearing a pair of arthritis gloves! If any of these describe you, you may benefit from arthritis gloves.

  • You have rheumatoid arthritis.
  • you have osteoarthritis.
  • You have fibromyalgia.
  • Your hand hurts when you try to sleep.
  • You wake up in the morning with sore hands and fingers.
  • You have joint stiffness and limited mobility.
  • Your fingers are swollen and puffy.

Be sure to discuss using arthritis gloves with your doctor. Discuss your treatment options and decide if arthritis gloves are a good way to manage your pain.

When to Avoid Arthritis Gloves

In some cases, arthritis gloves can actually do more harm than good. For example, if you have carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis gloves can make your symptoms worse. Talk to your doctor to determine the best treatment option for you and try a carpal tunnel brace.

5 Tips for Wearing Arthritis Gloves

You can wear arthritis gloves during the day or night, but they should be worn for about 8 hours for best results. This means that sleeping with gloves on is the most convenient option for most people. Since arthritis gloves are so comfortable, that's not a problem! You'll be able to curl up and sleep soundly with toasty, pain-free hands. You'll wake up in the morning, ready to start your day. To maximize pain relief from arthritis gloves, follow these tips.

  • Make sure your gloves fit, not too tight or too loose. This will help the compression do its job.
  • Wear it for about eight hours at a time, consistently. Wearing a little of them here or there won't provide the benefit you're looking for.
  • Don't keep your hands still all day. Gentle exercise can help maintain good mobility and relieve arthritis symptoms.
  • Change your habitual behavior to reduce the stress you put on your joints. Pay attention to where your hands are.
  • If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, don't wear arthritic gloves, as arthritic gloves can make the condition worse. Discuss treatment options with your doctor.