Psoriatic arthritis can cause swelling and impairment on any number of joints in the body. The impairment affects range of motion, flexibility, and strength. Here are some gadgets that I have found most useful, listed by body part:
- Due to deformities, I tend to type with only two fingers on each of my left and right hands. I use a computer keyboard with large keys and a mousepad.
- Because brushing my teeth is difficult and flossing is impossible, I use an electric toothbrush with built-in water flosser.
- I cut my fingernails with a long-handled toenail cutter for better leverage.
- I use a long-handled shoehorn, and I pre-tie my shoes or use Velcro closures on my casual shoes.
- I use a long-handled shower brush to access my legs and back.
- I use a scrubber to shampoo my hair.
- I use a long-handled bottle and jar opener.
- I use a serrated steak knife to cut meat.
- When necessary, I wear a wrist band to lessen the pain.
- I use a retractable box cutter to open packages (especially helpful during the pandemic isolation).
- Whenever I need to use a screwdriver, I use a battery-operated screwdriver, which also can serve as a drill.
- I use an electric razor (but I must admit that after my shoulder surgery, I let my beard grow in, and since no one objected, I have let it continue).
- I use a customized orthotic device to protect my metatarsal arches.
- I wear shoes that are cushioned on the bottom and with a wide and deep toe box to accommodate my orthotic device.
- I wear pool shoes to cushion my feet in the swimming pool. [I always use steps to walk into a pool.]
- My car has a back-up camera with a signal if there is any traffic behind me.
- The car also has light and sound indicators when a car is in my blind spot on either side.
- My car has voice-activated navigation and telephone systems.
- My car has a cup holder for my iPhone.
- I have a special pillow for nighttime.
- I use an ergonomic desk chair.
Hips and Knees
- When I am uneasy as to my balance or endurance, I use a walking cane with three rubber feet, or an upright walker.
- In the shower and toilet, we have grab bars for stability.
- We have elevated toilet seats for ease of access.
- I have a step-in shower, with a cushioned floor mat.
- I try to sit in chairs with arms, so I can use my arms to assist me in standing up if necessary.
- I have a stationary bicycle for home exercise.
- I use a hyper-volt device for pulsating massage gun around my painful joints.
- I have ice packs and TENS units for pain management.
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