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Formfit Thumb OA Support for Thumb Osteoarthritis

Thumb splints for osteoarthritis providing stability by preserving grip and function of the thumb joint

Designed to be worn by those diagnosed with Carpometacarpal (CMC) Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as Thumb OA. Options available for both day and night.

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WHICH CONDITIONS CAN I USE IT FOR?



  • Carpometacarpal (CMC) Osteoarthritis (OA) (also known as Thumb OA or Arthritic Thumb)


Please note: a day and a night version of the brace is available. The day version is the smaller of the two designs.

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WHAT IS THE FORMFIT THUMB?

There are two versions of the Formfit Thumb OA, a day version and a night version, easy designed to support you in the management of the Carpometacarpal (CMC) Osteoarthritis (OA) during the day and then again at night.

The Formfit Thumb OA Day provides stability by preserving grip and function and is used. The day brace frees up the gripping motion and finger joint flexion for daily tasks. The low profile breathable and circular wrap design material, aids in a comfortable fit.

The Formfit Thumb OA Night works by providing immobilisation of the thumb joint for those suffering from Carpometacarpal (CMC) Osteoarthritis (OA) or osteoarthritis of the thumb. The brace works by keeping the thumb in its anatomical position. The brace also works to offer adjustment of the first thumb / index finger gap in a pain free position.

The brace works by keeping the thumb in its anatomical position. The brace also works to offer adjustment of the first thumb / index finger gap in a pain free position.

WHEN SHOULD IT BE USED?

Thumb splints for osteoarthritis are designed to help manage the effects of Carpometacarpal (CMC) Osteoarthritis (OA). It is one of the most common forms of the condition after knee osteoarthritis. Regardless of the terminology the condition is where the cartilage within the thumb joint begins to wear away (a degenerative condition due to a range of factors). This creates bone on bone contact as the joint moves. This can be referred to as osteoarthritis base of thumb as this is where the pain tends to be located.

Given the importance of the hand and specifically the thumb joint the onset of Thumb OA can be challenging. If you’ve been diagnosed you may notice the following symptoms:

  • Swelling or stiffness at the base of your thumb
  • Reduced strength when grabbing items
  • A reduction in your range of motion i.e. your thumb won’t move as far as it used to
  • The base of your thumb may appear larger or take on a bony appearance

If you’ve experienced any of the above symptoms then a professional diagnosis is advised. Following this diagnosis you may be advised to use a support for arthritic thumb. This can help preserve the pain relief whilst allowing full function of the thumb throughout the day. At night the anatomical position of the thumb can be maintained to help manage the condition as you sleep.

HOW DOES A SUPPORT FOR ARTHRITIS THUMB WORK?

The thumb-wrist-orthosis is used to manage Carpometacarpal (CMC) Osteoarthritis (OA) by providing immobilisation in anatomical position of the trapeziometacarpal joint (basically the joint at the base of the thumb which is responsible for movement of the thumb). The brace also provides for adjustment of the first thumb/index finger gap in a pain free position. Any degradation of cartilage leading to bone on bone contact can be painful, especially on joints we use everyday such as the knee or thumb.

The day version is intended to be worn during the day. Simply place the brace on the wrist and thumb and fasten the straps until the thumb is stabilised. Stabilisation minimises bone on bone contact and reduces pain levels, offering support for arthritis thumb.

The night version is intended to be worn at night. Simply place the wrist/thumb into the brace and fasten the straps until they feel tight enough and the thumb is immobilised in the brace. It is this immobilisation at night which can reduce pain levels, offering a more comfortable nights sleep.

The brace is made out of an elastic spacer stretchable fabric to ensure comfort. It includes a metal spiral stay to provide stability acting as a thumb splint for the osteoarthritis.

HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS IS THE RIGHT ONE FOR ME?

Firstly, when it comes to osteoarthritis, diagnosis is essential from a medical professional. You also need to understand the severity as this will determine the treatment pathway available to you.

In order to select the correct size you need to measure your wrist circumference, with 3 different sizes available. Selecting the correct size is essential to ensure you get the greatest possible outcome.

The Formfit Thumb OA Day is designed to be worn during the day. It offers pain relief without compromising overall function. At night however you need to switch braces and opt for the Formfit Thumb OA Night, offering pain relief through immobilisation.

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  • Provides stability by preserving grip and function
  • Preserves gripping motion and finger joint flexion
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Please note: wrist circumference is required to select the correct Thumb OA brace

Day Version

Size Wrist Circumference Left Right
Small 5” – 6” (13 – 15cm) 817083 817073
Medium 6” – 7” (15 – 18cm) 817085 817075
Large 7” – 8.3” (18 – 21cm) 817087 817077

 

Night Version 

Size Wrist Circumference Left Right
Small 5” – 6” (13 – 15cm) 717083 717073
Medium 6” – 7” (15 – 18cm) 717085 717075
Large 7” – 8.3” (18 – 21cm) 717087 717077

 

Wrist Circumference Thumb OA

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