TIPS FOR COPING WITH ARTHRITIS

Millions of Americans are affected by arthritis. Arthritis involves the inflammation of various joints in your body. This inflammation can really have an impact on your life. A lot of little things that used to be simple become harder or impossible to do. Here are some tips on how to cope:

Mobility

  • Used a cane or crutch on the opposite side of a painful knee or hip.
  • Ease painful feet with orthotics which are shoe inserts.
  • Support your joints and decrease strain with braces and splints.
  • Purchase a reacher, a long rod with a grip handle on one end and pincers to grab on the other.
  • Elevate the chair legs in your home to make it easier to get up from and into your seat.

Kitchen

  • Buy pots and pans with handles on both sides.
  • Use an electric jar opener and electric can opener when you are preparing foods.
  • Rearrange your kitchen so that the things you use most often are the easiest to reach.
  • Replace small switches and doorknobs with large, easy-to-grip knobs, or levers which don’t require turning.

Everyday matters

  • Switch to big buttons, button hooks, or Velcro closures.
  • Use lamps activated by touch or by your voice.
  • Replace small, hard-to-turn switches on lamps with larger grip-and-turn knobs.
  • Buy sock aids to reduce leg bending when pulling up your socks.
  • Use zipper pulls to help grab and use the zipper tongue.
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