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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, through Arthritis New Zealand (0800‑663‑463), or through your occupational therapist. Sometimes you can use the Disability allowance to help with the cost.

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

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by rheumatologist, Department of Rheumatology, Immunology & Allergy, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed December 2017.

See also:

Disability aids

Living with persistent pain

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