Household Tools that Make Living with Arthritis Easier- Part 1

tools that help make living with arthrits easier

There are some great products available that really make a difference when your hands are weak or in pain. Many people wonder if adaptive devices  can really make a difference and if so which ones will help the most. Here are the answers to these questions and a few suggestions for everyday household tools that make living with arthritis easier.

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3 Things to Avoid If You Have Thumb Problems

Things to avoid if you have thumb problems

Have you ever thought about your thumbs? I mean, really thought about them? Thumbs are the shortest “digit” on your hand, but they have more muscles than any of your fingers. Your thumb can also rotate and move in more directions because of the unique joint (CMC joint) at its base.

Without your thumb- cutting things, buttoning a shirt, zipping …

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What Can I Do About My Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

carpal tunnel syndrome

Having trouble typing on the computer or texting?  Do you have a tingly feeling or numbness in your thumb and fingers? If so, you may have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. If you are experiencing these symptoms you may be asking yourself – What Can I Do About My Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome(CTS) is a condition caused by a pinched …

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What is Golfer’s Elbow and How Do I Treat It?

golfer's elbow

That nagging, achy pain in your elbow….   many of us have experienced it and have been told it may be Golfer’s Elbow? So, exactly- What is Golfer’s Elbow?

Medial epicondylitis also known as Golfer’s Elbow is a health condition that can develop even if you have never picked up a golf club. The muscles of your forearm and hand attach to …

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Treating Boutonniere Deformity

oval 8 finger splint for boutonniere deformity

Usually you get a Boutonniere Deformity by hitting the tip of your outstretched finger on something straight-on or by having something hit your fingertip. This injures the tendon that extends, or straightens, the middle joint of your finger. The most common cause of Boutonnière Deformity is jamming or crushing your finger. It can also develop as a result of Rheumatoid …

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The Truth About Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

ehlers danlos syndrome

The pain is all in your head. You’re just  clumsy… These are just a few of the misconceptions about people living with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.

Most myths about a condition or disease tend to stem from a lack of knowledge and understanding. This seems to be true with EDS as well. As with many “under researched” conditions there is a …

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What Should I Do About My Mallet Finger ?

oval-8 finger splint for mallet finger

Did a ball or other object hit the end of your finger? Did you smack the end of your finger against something hard, or crush your fingertip in a door or drawer? If so, you may have Mallet Finger. Mallet Finger also called “baseball finger,” is when the end of your finger droops in a bent position and won’t straighten …

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My Toes Are Crooked– What Can I Do About My Bunions ?


It’s that time of year again—the weather is getting warmer and your switching from boots and closed toed shoes to sandals and flip flops. If you are one of the thousands of people who have crooked toes you may not be so happy about the change in footwear. Crooked toes are not always just a cosmetic concern, they can be …

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What is Trigger Finger and What Causes It?

trigger finger

What Is Trigger Finger?
If you wake up with your finger stuck in a bent position, feel a pop when you try to straighten it or have to use your other hand to open your finger, you may have Trigger Finger.

What Causes It?
Trigger finger happens when the tendons in your finger become inflamed. Tendons are bands …

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What Is Ulnar Deviation of the Hand?

ulnar deviation

What Is Ulnar Deviation?
Holding a spoon, cutting up an apple or opening a jar can all be difficult tasks for those with Ulnar Deviation. Commonly caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), ulnar deviation is a deformity of the hand, where your fingers bend toward your pinky, while your wrist shifts toward the thumb side of your hand. Sometimes called …

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