Arthritis? You Can Still Be Functional and Fashionable

In stores and online, clothing-related items for arthritis sufferers abound. Take a few minutes to find those that make getting dressed easier and wearing your clothes more comfortable.

Not along ago, people with arthritis could buy clothing products that were either functional or fashionable. Now they can have both.Arthritis can present clothing challenges, but there are plenty of options available, says Michelle Wilson, OT/L, an occupational therapist at Cleveland Clinic. Among them are Velcro fasteners, hooks or snaps made to look like fasteners, magnetic snaps, zipper rings, fabric pull loops, large kimono-like arm holes, front closing bras, and side-buttoned pants. But elastic is what I see most often, adds Wilson. Elastic waistbands, elastic thread to sew buttons, even elastic shoe laces.
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