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    Help Me Fix My Foot!

    So I finally got rid of my horrible Quickie 2 and bought a ZRA from Ebay. But anyways as you can see I always have a problem with my left foot not laying flat on the foot plate. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can do to fix this? Thanks
    Last edited by SCI-Nurse; 13 Aug 2012, 1:19 AM. Reason: Right-size photo.

    #2
    Change the angle of the footplate
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      #3
      I don't think that's an angle adjustable footplate, looks like a tubular with abs cover.

      have you tried raising the footplate?
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        #4
        Originally posted by ~Lin View Post
        I don't think that's an angle adjustable footplate, looks like a tubular with abs cover.

        have you tried raising the footplate?
        Yep just raised it day before yesterday and didnt work

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          #5
          velcro? (I velcro my silly feet to my trike pedals.)

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            #6
            You might want to experiment with crossing your legs. The weight of the leg on top tends to stretch the ankle of the foot sitting on the plate. Don't sit for super long periods with the same leg on top, as that could lead to sores. I do this and swap legs about every 15-30 minutes. the leg swap even is a kind of pressure relief. Doing this for part of the day on a regular basis will help keep the ankles stretched and keep them from lifting like they are. And when they do lift, crossing the legs briefly at that time will again relax and stretch the ankle.
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              #7
              It looks like you might benefit from some form of footrest build up similar to what I did to my chair...

              /forum/showthread.php?t=118716



              Yours would obviously have to be a little more extreme than mine. Sportaid recently started carrying the Wheel Comfort padded footplate. I have never seen one, but it might be possible to modify the foam base...

              http://www.sportaid.com/wheel-comfor...footplate.html





              Or you could come up with your own rendition of the concept.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Kulea View Post
                You might want to experiment with crossing your legs. The weight of the leg on top tends to stretch the ankle of the foot sitting on the plate. Don't sit for super long periods with the same leg on top, as that could lead to sores. I do this and swap legs about every 15-30 minutes. the leg swap even is a kind of pressure relief. Doing this for part of the day on a regular basis will help keep the ankles stretched and keep them from lifting like they are. And when they do lift, crossing the legs briefly at that time will again relax and stretch the ankle.
                This sounds like an easy and great idea to try! I will start tomorrow thanks

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by SCI_OTR View Post
                  It looks like you might benefit from some form of footrest build up similar to what I did to my chair...

                  https://www.carecure.net/forum/showthread.php?t=118716



                  Yours would obviously have to be a little more extreme than mine. Sportaid recently started carrying the Wheel Comfort padded footplate. I have never seen one, but it might be possible to modify the foam base...

                  http://www.sportaid.com/wheel-comfor...footplate.html





                  Or you could come up with your own rendition of the concept.
                  But if I modify my foot plate would I still be able to attach my free wheel?

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by SequinScandal View Post
                    But if I modify my foot plate would I still be able to attach my free wheel?
                    It is something to bear in mind with the design of the build up, but I am able to install a FreeWheel on my chair with no problem. You could design a build up removable so you could simply take it off.

                    As a seating therapist, one of the things I would want to know is the underlying cause. Is the problem due to long term use of a bent swingaway legrest that didn't provide proper positioning or is the problem originating at your hip. Do you have any hip range of motion limitations due heterotropic ossification or possibly subluxation/removal of the head of the femur?

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                      #11
                      does the problem originate from the foot?

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                      Is your right foot always rotated inwards (inverted) as it is in the photo? Can you straighten it? with how much effort?
                      If you need much effort to straighten the foot and it never stays flat on the footrest, the problem is probably the overactivity ("hypertonus") of some of your foot muscles: this can be solved with botulin injection.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by SCI_OTR View Post
                        As a seating therapist, one of the things I would want to know is the underlying cause. Is the problem due to long term use of a bent swingaway legrest that didn't provide proper positioning or is the problem originating at your hip. Do you have any hip range of motion limitations due heterotropic ossification or possibly subluxation/removal of the head of the femur?
                        This is important.

                        Do your legs lay flat/straight when you're lying down in bed on your back?

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by SCI_OTR View Post
                          It is something to bear in mind with the design of the build up, but I am able to install a FreeWheel on my chair with no problem. You could design a build up removable so you could simply take it off.

                          As a seating therapist, one of the things I would want to know is the underlying cause. Is the problem due to long term use of a bent swingaway legrest that didn't provide proper positioning or is the problem originating at your hip. Do you have any hip range of motion limitations due heterotropic ossification or possibly subluxation/removal of the head of the femur?

                          No hip problems it's from long term use of swingaway legrest

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by -scott- View Post
                            This is important.

                            Do your legs lay flat/straight when you're lying down in bed on your back?

                            Yes they do

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by SequinScandal View Post
                              No hip problems it's from long term use of swingaway legrest
                              That sucks! That can be one of the consequences of ill fitting custom mobility equipment and/or designs which were not engineered to withstand the demands of active full-time wheelchair use.

                              It sucks because, in many instances, it is completely preventable.

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