Arthritis in your hands causes your finger joints and knuckles to become stiff and sometimes painful and swollen. Protect your hands by avoiding pushing, pulling and twisting motions. Here's a look at joint-protection techniques. Talk to your doctor or occupational or physical therapist about other joint-protection ideas.
Avoid making a tight fist or pinching objects tightly. Instead, use a grasp that aligns your knuckles evenly along the handle of the tool or utensil. This makes grasping the tool more comfortable and requires less effort to use the tool. For instance, a built-up handle made of foam can make it easier for you to grasp your toothbrush.