Mobility aids are devices such as walkers, canes, and wheelchairs that can assist with walking, balance, and other parts of life with chronic pain. They come in many forms, as do the reasons for needing to use one. I experience the most debilitating of my psoriatic arthritis (PsA) pain in my feet and sacrum, so early on, I knew a mobility aid of some type would be in my future. But that wasn’t the only reason why I ended up owning a fleet of mobility aids. There is so much more to PsA than joint pain.
Unfortunately, there are still people who only associate these devices with the elderly, paralyzed, or those recovering from a short-term injury. Inability to walk is just one reason for needing one and age is irrelevant when living with a painful chronic condition. I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in my early 30s and was in my late 30s when I purchased my first mobility aid. I wasn’t old and I could still walk, but it significantly improved my quality of life–and still does.
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