Canes with character
Sometimes pain is bad enough to warrant the use of some less-than-exciting orthopedic aids. But who wants to clomp around in a boring cast or old-fashioned cane?
Broken Beauties makes hundreds of products like cute crutches covers, including one with stuffed animals ($27; brokenbeauties.com), fashionable slings, and cool canes. There’s a skull-headed cane ($60; brokenbeauties.com) and a “secret agent” one with a built-in flashlight and pill holder ($70; brokenbeauties.com).
There are no definitive links between eating certain foods and eliminating chronic pain; however, some foods pack natural anti-inflammatories and antioxidants that can’t hurt.
The Better-Than-Aspirin pain relief basket ($60, wellbaskets.com) is stocked with pain patients in mind. It has healthy snacks and treats made with cherries and ginger, which have natural anti-inflammatory properties. (Read more on how food can affect pain.)