Frequently Asked Questions

15. How can assistive devices help people with osteoarthritis?

Protecting and supporting the affected joint or joints is important. Some people may use splints or braces to provide extra support for joints and/ or keep them in proper position during sleep or activity. Splints should be used only for limited periods of time because joints and muscles need to be exercised to prevent stiffness and weakness. If you need a splint, an occupational therapist or a doctor can help you get a properly fitted one. Some people find relief from special footwear and insoles that can reduce pain and improve walking or from using canes to take pressure off painful joints.