How to Ease Arthritis - Adaptive Equipment

Adaptive Equipment

There are several items on the market today that can reduce the stress placed on the joints of the hand.

  • Elastic Shoelaces - These can be found in most shoe departments and are inexpensive. They come flat or curled. Lace the shoe, tie the bow, and your shoe is now a slip-on shoe. If the lace is curled, a bow is not necessary - just tie knots at the top holes to keep it from slipping back through. If your shoe has the lace-holder on the tongue, it's handy to use with these laces.
  • Key Turners - Plastic folds over the head of the key to enlarge the gripping surface, allowing a larger finger span for the grip.
  • Scissors - Loop scissors are very easy to squeeze. Some craft stores carry them.


  • Jar openers - There are several models. There are the plastic sheets and cones that are placed on the lid of the jar, but the bigger the lid the harder still it is to open. There are under-the-cabinet models, which are highly recommended. They are inexpensive, easy to install, and you simply insert the lid of the jar and twist - the teeth that grab the lid provide the force. There are clamps that resemble bottle openers, but you still have to have a mighty grip to squeeze these gizmos together (about as much grip as it takes to use a manual can opener). Speaking of can openers, use an electric one.

  • Handles- Large-handled anything will be an improvement. The larger the handle, the less range of motion your fingers have to cover to surround and grasp. Pots, kitchen gadgets, cutting knives and even eating utensils can be purchased with larger handles. Look for the words "comfort grip" or "ergonomic" on the labels.

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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Great HUB

regards Zsuzsy


Angela Harris profile image

Angela Harris 8 years ago from Around the USA

These are great items for people with arthritis. My mom has severe arthritis. These products would be very helpful to her.


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Kat07 8 years ago from Tampa Author

It's easy to adapt if you know where to get the right products!


Don Larry 6 years ago

Anyone checked out the new arthritic on/off device for shoes called Lace-amatic?


Luke Westra 6 years ago

This is a great list of suggestions. Sometimes it's the devices that help you will the smallest tasks that make the biggest difference. My partner and I have recently developed a drinking aid, the uDrink, for people with reduced hand function that would fit well in to your handle category. You can read more about the device here:

http://www.u-adapt.com/udrink.html

Thanks in advance to anyone who takes a look. We feel that it can help many people and empower them with the ability to accomplish this simple daily activity that can prove to be challenging when you have reduced function or pain in your hands. - Luke.

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