Useful Tip: Paraplegics Confined To Wheelchairs Need More Shoe Real Estate

If disabled in a wheelchair, try taking the sole inserts out of ALL your shoes.. Shoe sole inserts provide a foundation of padding for people who walk… Well, people in wheelchairs don’t walk much, they roll!  Most sole inserts are simply placed in the shoe, without any sort of glue or stitching to keep them held down. Therefore they come out quite easily.  Taking the soles out of your shoes will provide extra space for your feet.  If you’re a paraplegic chances are good your feet get swollen throughout the day, due to lack of blood flow from sitting in your wheelchair.  If this sounds like you give it a try… My guess is once removed they won’t be missed:)

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  • Digital Gold
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    Great post Jacob… can I adopt all of your lost insoles? 🙂

  • Douglas T Neidermeyer
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    Nice tip Jacob. Post accident I’ve been wearing the same pair of Adidas Sambas for the past seven years. The tread doesn’t wear out and they don’t stink like they did when I wore them for Indoor soccer back in my bi pedal days.

  • Ruth Kitchin
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    Thank you so much for such an informative site! I am an OT student at Wits University in South Africa and was struggling to find information about teaching adapted dressing techniques/tips for dressing when I came across your site. Very practical, useful information.

    • Jacob
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      Nice! Let me know if you have any suggestions for future content.

    • Jacob
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      Thanks Ruth! Please let me know if there’s any sort of content you’d like to see on the website.

  • Kirsten Miles
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    My daughter has a form of muscular dystrophy and can no longer move her feet. Her problem is straightening her toes once she gets her feet in shoes. She is a teen, and would like to wear some pretty shoes, but is limited by shoes she can get her hands in, or shoes with softer tops so she can push her toes down.

    Are there any devices that assist with this? I know that some shoe designs are just not going to be workable, but I thought I would ask for her sake!

  • Jacob
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    Hi Kirsten,

    I’m not aware of any custom shoes for your daughter. Although, I would strongly suggest posting the same question to the “Care Cure Forum”. Google “care cure forum”, and it’ll be one of the 1st things to show up. The community is HUGE and everyone is extremely helpful. Most likely you’ll be able to find a thread that has already had that exact question. If not, post a new question. There will be someone with the exact same issue, who can relate to her struggle. Good luck, I hope this helps!

    • annette
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      Thanks i have the same issue. Ive contacted shoe designers and others, suggesting there is awhole other market out there for an attractive dressy shoe for disabled folk (WORLD WIDE), never even an acknowledgement. If i had the dough, guess what bus. id be in? lol but true!

    • Name (Required)
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      Thank you Jacob, I will check them out!

  • graeme
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    Thanks for the post!! I was told by my OT after first becoming paralyzed to start buying shoes one size larger than I would ordinarily buy. Now I am going to go back to my original size and take out the damned inner soles!!! Kewel logic dude!!!! DUH!

  • Kenneth scott
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    I’m 35yrs old I was shot in lung my right side.bullet hit my spine shattered my t-11 &t-12 vertebrate.doctor was very cold said you’ll never walk again then walked out the room he assumed I was a criminal becauseI I was shot.I’m not a criminal I was shot by gang members.there’s been nothing easy about my journey but I’ve used the anger to help me get better .I was complete zero chance at anything returning but I’m starting to move my legs again & feel the difference between hot an cold temperatures on my legs.meditation,belly rolling my stomach muscles both ways,& breathing techniques that cause chills throughout my body have helped stimulate my spinal cord & regain movement an feeling again.If you start to feel burning like your back & legs are on fire that means its coming back slowly so be patient & keep working out.I hope the same techniques that have been helping me help a lot of others.god be with you all remember anything is possible!:)

    • Thank you for sharing
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      They son was shot in the back April 4th 2016. Like you he wasn’t a gang banger or criminal. Reading your story reinforced my faith that my son will walk again!!

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