It is best to call and let us help you determine which dynamic components are needed to match your client’s needs. The installed length of our footrest is determined by the manner in which our adapter mounts into the specific wheelchair, they may be level with or above or below the seat rail. We can help you determine the exact measurements to fit your client. We can also help you to accommodate future growth, if needed.
The longest dynamic footrest is approximately 21 inches from the seat pan to the footplate. This will vary depending on the type of wheelchair, as some receivers sit above the seat pan and will affect the overall length.
VERY IMPORTANT: when using the longer length dynamic footrests, the seat to floor height of the wheelchair must be considered. The dynamic footrest will extend (telescope) up to 1.5 inches. Therefore, overall length of the dynamic footrests on the wheelchair equals the leg length PLUS the 1.5” telescopic movement. This must be within the available seat to floor height. Additionally, the knee angle becomes very important to consider as a longer length can be used at a 60 degree angle than at a 90 degree angle.
The shortest dynamic footrest is 5.25 inches from seat pan to top of footplate. The actual measurement may vary depending on the wheelchair model.
Yes, the dynamic footrests have 2.5 inches of length adjustment in the standard models. The high pivot model, which is used with a shorter seat pan to foot plate length, have an additional 2 inches of vertical adjustment available in the hanger.
Yes, the Seating Dynamics footrest will swing away, they swing in or out or lift out from the wheelchair by simply sliding the release button located on the outside of the receiver to the rear. Swinging inward allows the footrest to move out of the way for a transfer even if there is not room to the side of the wheelchair for the traditional swing out style of footrest hanger
Yes, but in order for the dynamic footrest to properly fit and function there are items which will need to be compared and or adjusted between the two wheelchairs. This situation comes up when replacing the old wheelchair with a new one and in switching back and forth between a manual and power wheelchair.
The new or second wheelchair must have Seating Dynamics receivers. We suggest you contact us to confirm compatibility between the two. We are happy to speak with you to verify if current dynamic footrests can be reused or if new footrests are indicated.
We provide a “receiver” for the footrest. This receiver mounts to the wheelchair, typically to the seat frame. Each receiver is designed for a specific model wheelchair.
Dynamic footrests are available on some power wheelchairs, but are not available at this time for center mount applications. We are able to supply a dynamic footrest for all “side mount” style footrest hangers.
Dynamic seating is a relatively new area of wheelchair seating and many providers are needing further information. It is important to identify if the issue is caused by muscular or behavioral conditions. This will assist in determining what needs to be addressed. We have a number of resources on our website and are also happy to speak with you by phone.
In general, use of dynamic footrests that lengthen only is appropriate for clients who may lose the position of the pelvis if the knee also extends, such as clients with very tight hamstrings. If the position of the pelvis can be maintained, lengthening and knee extension provides more movement and active range at the knee. If the client has active ankle dorsi and plantar flexion, providing this option allows movement and active range at the ankle, as well. If the client wears AFOs, this movement will not be possible and so this option is not recommended.
Please contact your local supplier and clinician for evaluation of specific needs. A good starting point is to try to identify the problem. If you are experiencing breakage of the wheelchair components, try to isolate the specific area and see which type of movement caused it. There are two primary movement which tend to cause breakage:
- Extension at the knee which creates a pull between the seat frame and the footrest hanger. This could result in seat frame and/or footrest hanger damage.
- Downward pushing or banging of the foot on the footplate. This could lead to bending or breaking at the footplate, footplate attachment, the footrest hangers and/or the seat frame. This may be first noted as reduced clearance between the footrest / footplate and the front caster.