Swimming with arthritis

I have arthritis in my hands and cannot find any compression gloves for swimming. Does anyone know of any for swimming?

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  • Poppyjane
    Poppyjane Moderator Posts: 395

    Hello @dazzla welcome to the online community

    You have arthritis in your hands and are asking about compression gloves for swimming. I expect that some of our members have found gloves that they wear when swimming and will be able to share their experience with you. However the Community Guidelines do not allow us to promote any products, therefore may I suggest that you ask your local occupational therapist or hand therapist for their advice.

    Good luck with your search, do let us know if you are successful.

    Poppyjane ( moderator)

  • dazzla
    dazzla Member Posts: 5

    Hi, can I ask the community then?

  • jamieA
    jamieA Member Posts: 273

    Hi @dazzla

    I've been looking for the same since last month the rheumatology physio suggested I swim and use an exercise bike. I came across this website that suggests using neoprene webbed gloves to take the strain off joints in the hand.

    I'm not in a rush though as the covid infection rate here is very high - estimated at 1 in 30 - so don't think I'll be going in the public pool anytime soon.

  • dazzla
    dazzla Member Posts: 5

    Thanks. I'm not really looking for webbed gloves, just compression gloves for swimming.

  • jamieA
    jamieA Member Posts: 273

    Hi @dazzla

    My hands and wrists ache most of the time and are worse when my hands get cold so I wear normal compression gloves all day. If I do go back to swimming I'd be looking for something to keep my hands warm and compressed and this was the nearest suggestion I could find.

    I don't know if you read through the article but this paragraph caught my eye.

    Experienced swimmers who have thumb or finger pain may consider using webbed gloves or swim paddles. These devices can take stress off individual finger joints while also improving stroke mechanics and increasing resistance strength in the shoulder, chest, and back muscles. Webbed gloves made of neoprene can also help keep hands warm in the water.

    Wetsuit or surf neoprene gloves may also be an option.

  • dazzla
    dazzla Member Posts: 5

    Thanks, I have looked at neoprene but they are too thick as they are made for cold water swimming.

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