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What does CMC arthritis feel like.  Well, it hurts.  Pain is the primary symptom for people suffering with basal joint arthritis.  At first the pain usually comes and goes during activity.  Once the activity is underway the pain usually subsides and then returns once the thumb is resting.  As the CMC arthritis gets worse the pain will become more constant.  It will become difficult to grip things and then pain will spread from the base of the thumb to the heel part of the hand.

Once the cartilage begins to erode and the bones rub together there may squeaking or cracking – this is called crepitus.

The joint will become stiff and difficult to move.   Warmth and compression can help.  Most neoprene thumb braces can provide this.