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Basal Joint Arthritis

October 21, 2015

osteoarthritis thumb


Arthritis at the carpal-metacarpal joint is a common reason for thumb pain.   Thumb strength and motion is needed for so much of what we do: typing, tying a shoe, or writing a note.  We use our thumbs a lot.  Basal Joint arthritis is also called CMC (Carpal-metacarpal) arthritis.  And it develops when the cartilage on the surfaces of the bones that form the thumb joint wears away and the metacarpal bone begins to slip out of the joint. This loss of alignment often creates the appearance of a bump near the wrist.

Basal Joint Arthritis usually starts in people in their forties and fifties.  Some people don’t know they have it because there’s a tendency to alter their activities so thumbs don’t hurt so much.  Unfortunately this type of compensation can result in a cycle of diminished use that makes the thumb and hand progressively weaker.

Basal thumb arthritis is almost always occurs in both hands.  A low-profile thumb brace, like the CMC Arthritis brace can help with thumb pain a lot.


The Push CMC Arthritis Brace is light and strong.  It is the best thumb brace available for relief of basal joint (CMC) arthritis.  The Push brace is fit by squeezing the imbedded metal insert to snugly fit the hand around the thumb.  It can be worn during household activities and sports like golf or tennis.  So it is easy to fit, easy to wear, and it is effective.  This thumb brace is a bit more expensive than other braces – you get what you pay for.  If you want to stop your thumb pain, this brace is worth trying.


  • Resists abrasion: is more durable than other supports.
  • Covers minimal palmar surface.
  • Can be worn under a glove.
  • Can be washed in a washing machine.
  • Will not deform if left in a hot environment.
  • Latex Free.

basal joint arthritis

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends the following Nonsurgical Treatments:

Basal joint arthritis (CMC Arthritis) will respond to nonsurgical treatments early on.

  • Ice the thumb joint throughout the day for no less than 5 minutes and no more than 15 minutes.
  • Take aspirin or ibuprofen to help reduce the swelling and inflammation.
  • A thumb splint will limit your thumb’s movements, allowing the CMC Joint to rest and heal.  The thumb brace should be low profile and easy to clean.

The arthritis may get more painful over time because arthritis is a progressive, degenerative condition.  If medication, rest, ice and a thumb brace do not work then the next treatment option is usually a steroid injection.  Steroids can relieve thumb pain for months but the injections cannot be repeated forever due to negative side effects.

If the conservative treatments do not work to relieve your thumb pain then surgery may be your only option.

CMC Arthritis Symptoms

September 4, 2015

thumb pain

The primary symptom of CMC thumb arthritis is pain.  The pain usually occurs at the base of your thumb when you grab, or when the thumb is used to force something.

Some other symptoms can be:

  • If the base of your thumb swells, is stiff, or tender
  • Less thumb strength
  • Less range of motion in the thumb
  • Enlarged joint at the base of your thumb

A CMC Arthritis Thumb Brace can be helpful for treating thumb arthritis.

Thumb Arthritis

September 1, 2015


Thumb arthritis occurs with aging.  What happens is that the cartilage erodes from the bones that comprise your thumb joint.  The thumb joint is also called the carpometacarpal (CMC) joint.

Pain, decreased strength, swelling, and a decrease in range of motion are indicative of thumb arthritis.  Any combination of these can make it difficult to do simple every-day tasks, like opening a jar, using scissors, or turning a doorknob. Treatment generally involves a combination of drugs, a thumb splint, and quite possibly surgery.

CMC Arthritis Brace

August 25, 2015


Historically basal joint arthritis or CMC arthritis has been treated with thumb splints that immobilizes the entire thumb.  In many cases these thumb braces extend down past the wrist.  These are big, bulky thumb splints whose primary purpose is to immobilize.

The Push brace Metagrip is a new alternative to treat CMC arthritis.  This is a low-profile and light weight design that utilizes dynamic stabilization.  During pinching when the CMC joint is being loaded, there is generally ligamentous laxity which allows the first metacarpal to move around.  This movement is what creates the thumb pain.  This CMC Arthritis Brace prevents that movement by stabilizing the CMC joint, not immobilizing it.

The Push Brace is made from pliable thermoplastic and is constructed with a moldable aluminum insert.  When the brace is first applied the insert needs to be squeezed around the thumb – that is the key to the brace.  Once applied the brace needs to be “broken in” like a new pair of shoes.  It may feel stiff at first but after the brace is worn for a while it will fit better.

This thumb splint is low profile enough that tasks which are difficult in a standard wrist and thumb brace can be easily accomplished:  play a musical instrument, drive a car, wear gloves, reach into your pocket….



So easy a six year old can use it!

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If you have arthritis in your hands or fingers and need to wear compression stockings, the compression stocking applicator is worth taking a look at.



Tying your shoelaces.  Buttoning a shirt.  Writing your name.  Simple activities of daily living can be difficult  for folks with CMC arthritis.

Arthritis in the hands is common, specifically osteoarthritis at the base of the thumb  (Carpometacarpal or CMC Arthritis).  CMC arthritis  shows up in people that have a lot of repetitive gripping, lifting, pulling, or pushing in their lives.

CMC arthritis is usually found in older people.  Treatments can include steroid injections, drugs, a cmc arthritis thumb brace, and a change in lifestyle.  A thumb brace for CMC Arthritis needs to apply pressure at the base of the thumb.


CMC Arthritis Brace



This one-of-a-kind thumb brace is designed to treat thumb arthritis.  It works by placing the thumb in a position that stops the joint pain caused by the osteoarthritis.  It’s light, low-profile, hygienic, and easy to put on and take off.

This thumb brace will help relieve pain, increase function and quite possibly reduce dependence on pain killing medication .  This is an inexpensive treatment option for basal joint or CMC arthritis.

Thumb Arthritis

January 7, 2014

basal joint

The type of arthritis that is most likely going to affect your hand is thumb arthritis.  Why?  Because you use your thumbs more than any other finger.  Thumb arthritis is also called basal joint arthritis or CMC arthritis.  Thumb arthritis happens when the cartilage that cushions the bones around your thumb wears away.  This joint is called the carpometacarpal joint.

Pain and swelling in the hands are common symptoms.  Also decreased hand strength and a decreased range of motion will make it hard to perform activities of daily living like opening a faucet or turning a doorknob.

Steroids and surgery are options for advanced cases of thumb arthritis, while a thumb splint or a CMC Thumb Brace are recommended for milder cases.

Don N Doffer

December 2, 2013
Compression Stocking Applicator

Compression Stocking Applicator


We get a lot of questions about the compression stocking applicator.  Yes, it works.  It works real well.  This device is filled with soapy water and makes donning and doffing compression stockings real easy.

Arthritic fingers with poor dexterity prohibit many people from wearing their medically necessary compression stockings and hosiery.  The Don N Doffer is a compression stocking applicator that helps putting stockings on and taking them off.

This is a great device for care givers who have to apply stockings to patients or for patients who have to apply the stockings themselves.

For more information and videos about this compression stocking applicator, click this link.