Arthritis

Osteoarthritis – Tips for Better Living

Easy Riding
Easy Riding

Arthritis pain may limit your movements while getting in and out of the car. Try to get into the car with your back first into the seat, followed by your legs. Likewise, to get out of the car, do the opposite by keeping your legs out first. A swivel seat or a beaded seat cover can be installed to make your moves easier.

Ready-to-go Shoes
Ready-to-go Shoes

Wear shoes with a cushioned sole and a good arch support. If you find difficulty in tying laces, wear slip-ons and flat mules. Or else if you use shoes, have someone to lace them. You can then use a shoehorn, if required.

Hot Wheels for the Kitchen
Hot Wheels for the Kitchen

Standing for long periods may be very difficult with osteoarthritis. You can use a rolling chair to keep things rolling in your kitchen when you cook dishes or chop vegetables.  A rolling cart can even help you to transport dishes or other things.

Spread out Housework
Spread out Housework

Try to do little bit of housework rather than doing lots of work at a time. Plan one big or a few small things at one session with a time limit.  Organize works in such a way that you do them at one place rather than climbing up and down the stairs or going back and forth the rooms. Take breaks in between.

Ease Stress on Stairs
Ease Stress on Stairs

Stairs put strain on hips and knees. Take one step at a time with unaffected leg followed by affected one while climbing the stairs. Do the opposite with affected leg putting first while coming down the stairs. Lean on the support while using stairs.

Pace Yourself with Shopping
Pace Yourself with Shopping

Shopping may be very tiring. The best solution is to get the groceries delivered at your doorstep. Or else, ask anyone for help carrying the bags to the car. At home, take breaks in between when unloading the things from the car.

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