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What are some aids to help you get around for RA?

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Assistive devices include:

  • A cane or crutch used on the opposite side of a painful knee or hip makes walking easier.
  • Orthotics help ease painful feet. They are inserts (either ready-made, or custom-fit by a podiatrist) worn in the shoe. Other options include padded insoles or a pair of comfortable orthopedic shoes.
  • Braces and splints support joints and lower strain.
  • Reachers are long rods with a grip handle on one end and pincers (like a claw, used to grab) on the other. They let you pick up small objects without having to bend over or reach uncomfortably.
  • Taller chair legs make it easier to get in and out of your seat. The chairs you have can usually be fitted with extenders.

SOURCES:

D'Youville College: "Assistive Devices for Dressing."

Greene, B., Bulletin on the Rheumatic Diseases, Arthritis Foundation, July 2003.

WebMD Feature: "Devices for Living Easier with Arthritis."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Assistive Devices and Orthotics."

Reviewed by David Zelman on February 13, 2018

SOURCES:

D'Youville College: "Assistive Devices for Dressing."

Greene, B., Bulletin on the Rheumatic Diseases, Arthritis Foundation, July 2003.

WebMD Feature: "Devices for Living Easier with Arthritis."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Assistive Devices and Orthotics."

Reviewed by David Zelman on February 13, 2018

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