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Aids for people with osteoarthritis

There are many aids and devices for osteoarthritis sufferers that can make a big improvement to your day-to-day activities.

You can buy shock-absorbing footwear and orthotics to put in your shoes, which you may find helps with your osteoarthritis. If you have osteoarthritis in your knees, you might also like to try using a knee brace or wedge shoe insole.

Other devices that you might find helpful include:

You can buy these devices online or through Arthritis New Zealand (0800‑663‑463), or through your occupational therapist. Sometimes there are benefits you can get to help towards the cost (for example, the Disability allowance).

Sometimes a helping hand to pick things up from the floor can be really helpful if you find bending difficult.

On the next page: Treatments for osteoarthritis

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated November 2016.

See also:

Arthritis Australia – 10 steps for living well with arthritis

Disability aids

The pain toolkit

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