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12 DIY Neuropathy Aids


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Let’s be honest, neuropathy is expensive.  With medication, doctor visits, and any assistive devices you might need to make daily tasks manageable, the costs can start to rack up.  Just last week, we talked about the different tools available to make life with neuropathy easier, so this week we’d like to discuss how you can make some of those tools at home.  We’ve tried to keep the items needed for these projects limited to what most households would already have lying around, though any exceptions will be marked and an alternative given.

layout for button hook and zipper pull, fully explained below

Button Hook and Zipper Pull

  • Tape (masking or duct)
  • 1 large paper clip
  • 1 small hook***
  • 1 wooden dowel rod**
  • Drill*
  • A vise (to ensure safety while drilling)*

Button Hook

  1. Open one loop of the paper clip so you have a full loop with a paperclip-length of straightened wire.
  2. Tape the straightened end of the paper clip flush to the dowel rod.  If positioned properly, the loop of the paper clip should be directly above the end of the dowel.
  3. Use a thin piece of tape to wrap the intact loop of wire in place.
  4. Make sure the paperclip is secure to the dowel, using as much tape as you need.

Zipper Pull

  1. Secure the dowel rod in a vise to hold in place.
  2. Drill a hole in the end of the dowel rod.
  3. Screw the small hook into the hole you drilled into the dowel rod.

*If you do not have a drill and vise, or don’t want to use a power tool, you can tape the screw part of the hook flush to the dowel.  It might not be as secure, but it will get the job done.

**If you do not have a wooden dowel rod and can't purchase one, an unused pencil can be a good substitute.  Though it is recommended to only use the non-drill method listed above if you choose to use a pencil.

***If you do not have a small hook, you can straighten one end of a paperclip and bend the other into a hook shape, then secure the straightened end to the dowel with tape.  If secured properly, the straightened part of should be flush against the dowel with the hook positioned directly over the end.

Zipper Pull

Add a key ring to the existing zipper pull on any garment.  This will give you a much larger area to grip or you can just hook your finger through the key ring.

layout for sock helper, fully explained below

Sock Helper

  • 1 liter plastic bottle
  • Tape (masking or duct)
  • Rope (twine or yarn will also work)
  • Scissors
  1. Cut the ends off the plastic bottle so you’re left with a plastic tube.
  2. Cut vertically down the plastic tube to remove two inches of plastic.  You should be left with a long C shape.
  3. Tape over all edges to cover any sharp plastic edges or protrusions.  Make sure you apply enough layers to be comfortable if it rubs against your skin.
  4. On one end of the tube, cut two small holes near the vertical opening, large enough for your rope to pass through.
  5. Pass your rope through the holes from outside to inside, knotting the ends to prevent it from slipping back out.


  • 1 liter plastic bottle
  • Tape (masking or duct)
  • Scissors
  1. Cut out a rounded rectangle from the flattest part of the bottle.  There’s no specific size needed, just make sure that it fits easily in your hand.
  2. Tape over the cut edges to cover any sharp plastic edges.

layout for loop scissors, fully explained below

Loop Scissors

  • Scissors
  • 2 zip ties
  • Tape (masking or duct)
  1. Place the two zip ties on top of each other, making sure the fasteners are on opposite ends.
  2. Tape around the zip ties so everything but the fasteners is covered in tape.  This will secure the zip ties together and cover any sharp plastic edges.
  3. Secure the end of the zip ties to the scissor loops with tape, making sure to wrap multiple times for maximum strength.

Computer Mouse Grips

  • Computer Mouse
  • Masking tape
  • Marker/Pen
  • Anti-slip or grip tape
  • Scissors
  1. Cover the sides and top of your mouse with masking tape.
  2. Trace with a pen where your fingers rest on the mouse, leave a decent margin for error.  Also trace where your palm meets the top of the mouse.  These will be the patterns for your anti-slip tape.
  3. Cut out your masking tape patterns.
  4. Place your masking tape patterns onto the anti-slip tape.  Cut to pattern.
  5. Adhere the anti-slip tape cut-outs to your mouse

rope or string looped around a seatbelt to make a handle

Seatbelt Handle

For this, you’ll need a thick rubber band or a loop of rope.  Loop your rope or rubber band around the seatbelt using a simple prusik knot.  This will give you a handle to pull out your seatbelt with and can be easily removed if necessary.  If you're looking for something a bit more secure and long term, use a full prusik knot.  For a tutorial on tying a prusik knot, watch the video below.

Foam Ergonomic Handles

A quick and easy way to make your cooking, eating, and writing utensils more comfortable to hold is to add a foam tube around the handle.  Make sure you choose a tube that’s the right size for your hand with an inner opening the proper size for whatever utensil you’re looking to cushion.  We recommend choosing a closed cell foam since open cell foam can feel more like Styrofoam than a comfortable handle.  For cooking utensils, make sure the foam is kept away from heat and not put through the dishwasher.

Polymer Clay Ergonomic Handles

If you’re looking for a more personalized grip, consider using polymer clay!  Polymer clay is a fantastic man-made clay that can be baked in an oven rather than a kiln, so it’s perfect for at-home crafts!  Since polymer clay does need to be baked to fully dry, it should only be used on utensils that can be placed in the oven for an extended period of time.  Make sure you read the instructions that come with the clay before beginning any projects.

  1. Mold the clay around the handle of your utensil, giving yourself plenty of width to work with.
  2. Hold the utensil as you typically would, allowing the clay to mold to your grip.
  3. Place the utensil and its new polymer clay grip into the oven to bake for whatever time and temperature is recommended by the manufacturer.

A note about polymer clay: It can be used on cooking and eating utensils, but it’s not food safe, so don’t put it on a surface that will come in contact with your food or mouth.  Polymer clay can go in the dishwasher, but needs to be fully dry and the washer should be on its coolest setting.  However, best practice is to wash anything with polymer clay on it by hand.  Make sure to check all clay labels for instructions and additional information before adding to food utensils or washing.

Alternative wrist rests

If you find your wrists starting to hurt after using a keyboard or computer mouse, consider rolling up a towel and resting your wrist on it while using your computer.  This can be a cheap and easy alternative to wrist rests available in stores!

Alternative Squeeze Ball

If you don’t want to go and buy a squeeze ball for hand exercises, there are multiple options from your own home you can substitute.  A rolled-up towel or wash cloth can provide resistance for you to squeeze, working the muscles in your hands and forearms.

Tension Bands

All you need for this one is a regular rubber band.  Place the rubber band around your fingers, as close to the tips as you can get without the it snapping off.  Open and close your hand like a crab, with the rubber band will act as resistance for your exercises.

There is a Solution

If you would like to find a simpler, worth-every-penny method to eliminate your nerve pain, consider the ReBuilder®!  We are so confident that the ReBuilder® will help you reduce or eliminate the pain of peripheral neuropathy that we offer a 90 day, no questions asked, money-back guarantee.  We also encourage you to call us directly at 877-717-5487 with any questions or check out our Find A Doctor page to try it for yourself!

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