If you have arthritis it is very important for you to look after your joints, to avoid sprains and further injury, through applying joint protection, and to maintain range of motion and strength though daily exercises.
Here are a few useful links:
Arthritis Research UK has a lot of useful information about Arthritis in general and it is worthwhile visiting their website.
Another important aspect of managing Arthritis is to pace yourself and manage your time well.
Here is an e-book about time managment you might find helpful:
Splinting Arthritis of the Hand
Splints can be useful to help relieve pain and restore function. Often soft splints are the more appropriate option as they are less restrictive, especially when the base of the thumb is affected.
Sometimes it can also be useful to use a wrist brace for shorter periods of time. The Otto Bock range have some splint specifically made for the rheumatoid hand, which have plastic insert in them rather than metal stays. This give the brace a bit more flexibility and also increases comfort
This wrist brace is called Manu Rheuma Flex 4024 from Otto Bock
The silver ring is from Silver Ring Splint.