Slide show: 6 ways to thrive with psoriatic arthritis
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Don't let psoriatic arthritis steal your joy of cooking. Use kitchen tools with larger grip handles. Gripping smaller items can trigger hand pain. Twisting jar lids also can hurt, especially during a flare. Try hands-free can openers instead. Other helpful options: Ergonomic knives and a chef's glove, which keeps your food steady while you chop.

If kitchen duty leads to achy knees or a sore back, try standing on a thick kitchen mat. The soft cushion relieves stress on the joints in your lower body. Or take a seat on a counter-height kitchen stool while cooking. Another tip is to meal prep when you aren't having a flare, and store foods in airtight refrigerator or freezer bags to use later on.

Oct. 01, 2019