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  • Padding edges on furniture?

    Is there a standard way to cover sharp edges of furniture, like nightstands, so one doesn?t cut one?s foot on them?

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    Best solution is to wear shoes whenever you are up in your wheelchair. They will protect your feet.

    You can get rubber bumper's for the sharp corners of furniture, often used to protect small children from getting hurt in falls, etc. Most glue in place, so this could damage the furniture, depending on what it is made from. Here are a few examples:

    https://www.amazon.com/Roving-Cove-F...ay&sr=8-3&th=1

    https://www.amazon.com/Protective-Fu...-2-spons&psc=1

    https://www.amazon.com/M2cbridge-Fur...y&sr=8-11&th=1

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    • #3
      There are also elastic bumpers "expandable bumper covers" that snug around the edge, like covers for your steering wheel in a car, that would not require glue. It looks like they are mostly out of stock right now, but may be some on eBay.

      Understanding that wearing shoes all the time at home can be uncomfortable, you could try thick acrylic socks or maybe slippers. XL diabetic socks and extra wide slippers accommodate edema if that is an issue.

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      • #4
        As a company in New Zealand called kiwi sheepskins which makes two nice booties for wearing in the house. A little expensive, but they are top-notch sheepskin and it lasts a long time since we do not walk.

        https://www.kiwisheepskins.com/enclo...boots-skuMD030

        An alternative are please booties made by Adrian's. I wear these out of the house.

        https://www.adaptationsbyadrian.com/...-p/230-235.htm

        Both are quite forgiving on the feet and will allow for daily swelling and are quite non-constricting, yet they will definitely prevent the inadvertent laceration or bruise.

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        • #5
          Water pipe insulation (split seem type) has been my "go to" improvise material. Available with or without glue seems, also in many thicknesses (ID and OD). It can wrap around round and square table legs. If you use glue, it can cushion table top edges.
          My main use is on bath brush handles (makes them larger, longer, and less slippery). With glue seems and a few skinny tie wraps, it will last as long as brush.
          Beware, tie wraps can have sharp ends if you don't cut correctly (use craft knife or box cutter)
          I have it on my mower deck height adjust lever too because my leg hits it as I mow. No more skint thin skin shins.
          Got to or search any hardware store.
          With trial and error, you'll find many uses for it. I like to improvise because it keeps my mind busy and is usually cheaper than purpose built stuff (most times).

          I've been told many times to always wear shoes, or socks, or at least flip flops (known as foot thongs today, ha). It's an SCI skin related, injury prevention thing.
          Attack life, it's going to kill you anyway
          Steve Mcqueen (Mr Cool)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by crags View Post
            As a company in New Zealand called kiwi sheepskins which makes two nice booties for wearing in the house. A little expensive, but they are top-notch sheepskin and it lasts a long time since we do not walk.

            https://www.kiwisheepskins.com/enclo...boots-skuMD030

            An alternative are please booties made by Adrian's. I wear these out of the house.

            https://www.adaptationsbyadrian.com/...-p/230-235.htm

            Both are quite forgiving on the feet and will allow for daily swelling and are quite non-constricting, yet they will definitely prevent the inadvertent laceration or bruise.
            Big thanks for those links. I like sheep skin ones for winter and zipper ones for summer. Putting on shoes is such a hassle, this may help me keep feet protected. After losing a few big toe nails due to impact, I'm more aware of the need to protect.
            Attack life, it's going to kill you anyway
            Steve Mcqueen (Mr Cool)

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