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Thumb Arthritis

November 29, 2016

thumb pain

Why does the thumb always get the arthritis??  Because thumbs get used a lot, more than any other finger.  Thumb arthritis, basal joint arthritis, CMC arthritis…call it what you want.  The cartilage that protects your bones around the thumb erodes.  This joint is the carpometacarpal joint.

Swelling and hand pain are common.  Also weakness and a decreased range of motion will make it hard to type, use a mouse, or open a jar.

Advanced cases of CMC arthritis can require surgery and medication, while a thumb splint or a CMC Thumb Brace are recommended for milder cases.


The CMC Arthritis Thumb Brace is an effective and light weight treatment option for basal joint (CMC) arthritis.  This thumb brace is fit by squeezing the embedded metal insert to snugly fit the hand around the thumb.  It can be worn during household activities and sports like tennis or golf.

This thumb brace is low-profile and durable.  It helps keep the skin cool and dry and is easily applied and removed.  It is comfortable and light weight.

Informative Video about this CMC Arthritis Thumb Brace.

How to measure for the CMC Arthritis Thumb Brace.

CMC Arthritis Brace

February 2, 2016


The CMC Arthritis Brace is a proven and effective treatment option for basal joint arthritis.  This is a light-weight and low-profile alternative to all of the other thumb braces that are available.  This is a more substantial thumb brace than you can buy at the pharmacy, super store, or sporting good retailer.

This thumb brace will keep the skin cool and dry.  It is easily applied and removed.  And importantly it won’t interfere with your daily activities.  Absolutely worth trying.

CMC Arthritis

January 8, 2016

thumb pain


People experience thumb arthritis as they get older.  It happens when cartilage wears away from the ends of the bones that form the thumb joint — the carpometacarpal (CMC) joint.

Thumb arthritis is painful.  There can be swelling and decreased strength and range of motion. Simple tasks like turning doorknobs and opening jars become difficult.

Treatment generally involves a combination of medication and thumb braces.  Severe thumb arthritis might require surgery.

Pain occurs at the base of the thumb when gripping, grasping, or pinching something.

Other symptoms can include stiffness and tenderness at the base of your thumb.



Compression stockings can be difficult to put on and take off.  Finger strength, flexibility, and cognitive abilities can all play a roll.  Often times care-givers are the people that have to apply compression stockings.  The application device pictured above makes quick work of this often difficult task.

Regardless of whether you are applying compression stockings to your legs or you’re helping someone else put on and take off theirs, this applicator makes rolling on and rolling off stockings a much simpler process.

Click here for videos and more information about the Compression Stocking Applicator.

CMC Brace IV

CMC Arthritis is a common problem.  According to a recent study, CMC OA is 3-4 times more likely in women than in men.  Between 1998 and 2012, 1 in 20 women (seniors) had sought treatment for CMC Arthritis.  A small joint can cause a lot of pain.

As arthritis develops in the CMC joint, the thumb takes on a classic posture of deformity.  A bump will slowly develop at the base of the thumb as the CMC joints becomes lax and less tightly seated.  Bone spurs can appear.  When the MP joint collapses the thumb will hyper-extend.

The goal of splinting for CMC arthritis is to reverse the predictable postural deformity of the thumb; seating the CMC joint, lifting the metacarpal head, and opening the web space.  The new CMC Thumb Arthritis Brace is an effective alternative for treating thumb pain and increasing function.  It is easy to use and low-profile.

CMC Brace

CMC Brace

Basal Joint Arthritis Brace

There’s a new thumb brace now available specifically designed for basal joint (CMC) arthritis.  The CMC Thumb Arthritis Brace is a completely trimable, low-profile, and effective thumb brace for CMC arthritis.

Both the length of the strap and the thumb portion of this brace are trimable, making it comfortable and low-profile.

CMC Brace II

A moldable support is built into the brace at the base of the thumb.  This support in conjunction with the strap design provide the lift and support needed to seat the CMC joint to provide pain relief.


This x-ray shows the effectiveness of the thumb splint.

CMC Brace IV

Learn more:  CMC Thumb Arthritis Brace

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.