My Favorite Gadgets

By Justin Gomez
Updated 2024-03-28 18:16:43 | Published 2021-06-01 00:21:08
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Psoriatic arthritis is a condition that can cause swelling and impairment in various joints throughout the body, leading to limitations in range of motion, flexibility, and strength. I have discovered several helpful gadgets that cater to specific body parts affected by the condition.

In terms of my hands, deformities have made it difficult for me to type properly, so I have opted for a computer keyboard with larger keys and a mousepad for improved precision. Due to the challenges of brushing my teeth and flossing, I rely on an electric toothbrush with a built-in water flosser. I also use a long-handled toenail cutter to more easily trim my fingernails and a long-handled shoehorn to assist with putting on shoes. Additionally, I use a long-handled shower brush, a scrubber for shampooing my hair, and a long-handled bottle and jar opener. I have found that wearing a wrist band can alleviate some of the pain, and a retractable box cutter has been particularly useful for opening packages, especially during the pandemic.

When it comes to my feet, I utilize a customized orthotic device to protect my metatarsal arches and wear cushioned shoes with a wide and deep toe box to accommodate the orthotic. In the swimming pool, I wear pool shoes for added foot cushioning and always rely on steps when entering.

For my neck, my car is equipped with a back-up camera and signals to alert me of any traffic behind me. It also has indicators for blind spots on either side and a voice-activated navigation and telephone system. In addition, there is a cup holder designed for my iPhone, and I use a special pillow for optimal comfort during sleep. At my desk, I utilize an ergonomic chair.

When it comes to my hips and knees, I find that using a walking cane with three rubber feet or an upright walker provides stability and helps me maintain balance and endurance. Grab bars in the shower and toilet, as well as elevated toilet seats, offer additional support. A step-in shower with a cushioned floor mat ensures safety, and I prefer to sit in chairs with arms to assist me in standing up if needed. To stay active, I have a stationary bicycle for home exercise. For pain management, I use a hyper-volt device, ice packs, and TENS units.

Connecting with others who have PsA is important, so I encourage joining our Facebook Support Group for ongoing support.

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