Health Tip: Cooking Can Be Challenging With Arthritis

'Rheumatoid Arthritis , Gouty Arthritis'  (X-ray adult's hand with multiple arthritis)
'Rheumatoid Arthritis , Gouty Arthritis' (X-ray adult's hand with multiple arthritis)

(HealthDay News) — Arthritis can make cooking difficult, but there are things you can do to ease the strain.

The University of Washington Medicine Orthopedics and Sports Medicine department offers these suggestions:

  • Plan ahead for meals to avoid rushing.
  • Make tasks easier by using appliances such as mixers, can openers, dishwashers, microwaves and crock pots.
  • Place a mixing bowl in the sink on a damp cloth to hold it in place, and mix while holding the spoon like a dagger.
  • Secure cutting boards with rust-proof nails to avoid slipping. Cut with a French chef’s knife.
  • Choose lightweight pans for easier cleanup and lifting. Apply a nonstick cooking spray.
  • Use reachers, cook while sitting on a stool, store foods in easy reach and move items with a wheeled cart.

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  • Will Merritt says:

    I’ve always found that cooking is a challenge with my arthritis. Getting exercise and eating a proper diet do help to some extent. Any other recommendations you might have would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • 10th Level Cleric says:

      Thanks for the comment. We will try to get more information up on Curious when it comes across our desk. We hope you find this and other health tips we share here helpful.

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