Psoriatic Disease: Adaptive Tools for Easier Living

by Alisha Bridges Patient Advocate

Stiffness, sausage fingers, swollen joints ― the agony from psoriatic arthritis can contribute to some unique challenges which may require lifestyle changes involving adaptive devices. These tools allow individuals with disabilities and mobility challenges to live independently with minimal assistance from outside individuals. Check out these nine accessories you should keep close by if you are living with psoriatic arthritis.

Get Hooked

Buttoning one’s shirt requires tedious and precise attention we often take for granted until the ability is interrupted by psoriatic disease. Swollen joints and pain in the hands can make it difficult to do a simple task like buttoning a shirt, but a steel wire button hook like the one found here can modify your movement and have you “hooked” in no time.

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Hard to Grasp

The most common signs of psoriatic disease occur in the joints of the hands in addition to the toes and back. Stiffness in the hands can decrease one’s ability to do simple task such as twisting a top off a jar. This Hamilton Beach Open Ease Automatic Jar Opener does the twisting for you and only requires a single push of a button.

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If the Shoe Fits…

As a person living with psoriatic arthritis, just putting on shoes can be tough. Joint pain in the lower back is a common symptom of psoriatic disease and can decrease the ability to bend over to put on a shoe or sock. The foot funnel shoe aid and plastic stocking aid will put you back on the right track, and assist you with putting on socks and shoes.

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Get a Grip on Mealtime

During a psoriatic arthritis flare wrapping your fingers around utensils with a slim shape can be virtually impossible. Sausage-like fingers can decrease grip ability and can also decrease sensations in the hand. These kitchen adaptive tools on ArthritisSupplies.com will give you much needed assistance. The thick and adjustable designs on the tools can help you “get a grip” at mealtime.

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Hands-free Style

This hands-free hair drying and styling stand allows you to dry your hair without the hassle of having to hold a blow dryer for several minutes, while trying to multitask combing and brushing your strands. Simply slip your blow dryer in the accessory and adjust the height to your needs. It’s also a great tool to use in assistance with drying a washed pet.

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Magnetic Support

Clasping a bra can be a nuance when living with psoriatic disease. The struggle of bending your arms back, twisting the bra from front to back, or having the precision to connect three hooks to matching open holes can be time-consuming. This magnetic bra created by Classic Shapewear eliminates those challenges by fastening in the front with a magnetic closure.

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Scoop That Poop

If you have a cat or dog you may have trouble cleaning up behind your furry cohort. The makers of Kitty Kaddy understand the importance of being a pet owner. They created a tool which allows those living with limited motion, like bending over, to pick up behind a pet with ease. The “No stoop litter scope” is a great tool to have in the home if you own a pet.

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A Single Tap

Living with our condition can make it hard to pour milk or juice from bulky and heavy containers. Magic Tap allows you to access these beverages without lifting a finger. It's battery operated and has a motion sensor. Place the dispenser in the beverage container of your choice and simply position your cup or bowl under the accessory and allow the liquid to flow.

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Do-It-Yourself

If none of these options appeal to you, or you are looking for cheaper variations, you can create some of these tools yourself. Check out these options on the Wall Street Journal for inspiration.

Alisha Bridges
Meet Our Writer
Alisha Bridges

Alisha Bridges has dealt with psoriasis since 7 years old after a bad case of chicken pox triggered her disease to spread on over 90% of her body. For years she hid in shame afraid of what people would think of such a visible disease. She has suffered from depression, anxiety, and panic attacks due to psoriasis. Years ago Alisha wrote a letter entitled “My Suicide Letter.” The letter was not about actually killing herself but killing parts of her like low self-esteem, fear, and shame so she could truly live to her fullest potential. This proclamation catapulted her into psoriasis and patient advocacy. Following this letter she created a blog entitled Being Me In My Own Skin where she gives intimate details of what it’s like to live with psoriasis. Alisha is a community ambassador for the National Psoriasis Foundation and has served her community in countless ways to help give a better understanding of what’s it’s like to live with psoriasis. Her life motto is the following: “My purpose is to change the hearts of people by creating empathy and compassion for those the least understood through transparency of self, patient advocacy, and dermatology.” Alisha is also a Social Ambassador for the HealthCentral Skin Health Facebook page.