The 3 Best Arthritis Gloves

Mild compression provides added support and comfort

Arthritis is a frustrating condition that affects millions of Americans and one for which traditional treatments are often hit-or-miss. Because of this, people will frequently turn to complementary and supportive therapies for added pain relief.

Arthritis gloves are one such option. They are designed to warm the hands and decrease swelling and pain through mild compression. They can also great for improving circulation and may be beneficial for those recovering from a hand or wrist injury.

Many of these gloves are comfortable enough to be worn all day or night. The fingertips are usually cut out so that you can easily touch, grip, and carry things in the course of your daily routine.

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Made by Thermoskin, one of the best-known glove companies, these arthritis gloves have a multi-layered design:

  • The outer layer is textured to improve your grip.
  • The inner lining is soft and pliable and provides consistent compression without bulk or restriction of movement.

The neoprene/polyester content of the Thermoskin Arthritic Gloves captures and retains heat effectively. Better yet, they are 100% latex-free.

Similar in design to Thermoskin's popular driving gloves, these may be one of the best-looking arthritis gloves on the market today. They are available in sleek black with a wide velcro closure. The premium model has a stylishly embossed fish scale design. 

Thermoskin arthritic gloves are reasonably priced and retail for between $10 and $40 a pair.

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IMAK Arthritis Gloves were designed by an orthopedic surgeon and have received commendations from the likes of the Arthritis Foundation for their ease of use and wearable design.

The IMAK gloves are made of a cotton and spandex (no latex) which is not only breathable but allow for all-day use. The compression may not be as pronounced as Thermoskin, but it provides the ideal support for people with mild to moderate arthritis.

While intended for use to relieve arthritic pain, the IMAK glove can be used for people with work-related hand fatigue, cold hands, poor circulation, and nerve pain (neuropathy).

The IMAK gloves are thin with a charcoal grey color and look more like a winter glove than a medical one. They are less likely to have a build up sweat compared to the Thermoskin, which is another big advantage.

Best yet, the IMAK Arthritis Gloves are very affordable, selling for under $20 per pair.

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Therall Arthritis Gloves, like Thermoskin, are made of a neoprene material. The fabric's dense, foam-like structure helps retain the body's natural heat to provide warmth and pain relief to aching wrists, fingers, and hands.

The inner lining is very soft and designed to absorb perspiration, making it ideal for both daytime and nighttime use. Neoprene tends to keep its shape over the long term with minimal stretching, so it can be used to as work aid for people with job-related carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, or other repetitive motion injuries.

Therall gloves make no apology for their medical look. They are designed for therapeutic use and offered in a basic beige fabric with an extra-wide velcro closure.

On the downside, the gloves are less tailored and pliable than either Thermoskin or IMAK and, as such, are not as easy to use if writing, typing, or doing other fine hand movements. With that being said, they do work.

Therall Arthritis Gloves are competitively priced, retailing at between $22 and $27.

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