Small handles on things like mops, kitchen tools, and gardening equipment can cause unnecessary stress on your fingers, warns Chirag Shah, M.D., co-founder of Accesa Labs in an email interview with HealthCentral. Always go for tools with larger handles that are easier to squeeze with your hands. Another way to make gripping easier is padding — on everything from utensils to keys. If necessary, buy foam to pad these items yourself. “You will find it takes less effort to grip a large soft handle than a small, hard one,” explains Chirag Shah.