If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I’ve suffered from osteochondrosis dissecans in the past. An accident in school was the reason for it and over the last couple of years, I’ve had major surgery not once but twice. While I am able to walk, my right foot has never been the way it was before the accident.
About a year ago, my GP confirmed that I had actually developed rheumatoid arthritis in my right foot. Something that I thought only affected old people. I remember my surgeon mentioning that I had an increased risk for arthritis and that I might get it earlier than usual, but I didn’t think that I’d be diagnosed with it aged 31.
Since then, I have learned that the various types of arthritis don’t know an age limit. There are specific forms that can affect babies and children (juvenile rheumatoid) while other types are more typical in older people.
Arthritis simulation gloves by Cambridge University
One thing, however, is common in all types: the pain, stiffness, and swelling of joints can make everyday tasks a real struggle. NRS Healthcare has recently tested a pair of arthritis simulation gloves, designed by Cambridge University, that mimic the stiffness and difficulty that those living with arthritis can experience in their hands. Of course, the gloves can’t mimic the pain or full effects of the illness as these are different in each patient. They are, however, a great learning tool for those who don’t have arthritis. The gloves let them experience reduced movement and show just how difficult it can be to make a cup of tea or get dressed.
See their effect in the video below and learn about products that can help ease your struggle with day to day tasks.
Unfortunately, there is very little that can be done about the stiffness and lack of mobility that comes with arthritis. However, the pain and swelling can be combated if treated correctly. In recent years, herbal pain killers have proven to be an excellent method to deal with chronic pain. There are various options out there but as not all of them might work for you, it’s definitely something to discuss with your GP – especially as they are so readily available online.
Do you or does someone in your family or circle of friends suffer from arthritis? How do you or they cope with everyday tasks? Do you use special tools?