Revolutionizing the Wheelchair Footrest
The dynamic wheelchair footrest provides an energy absorbing range of motion. Traditional wheelchair footrests only provide a place to park the foot and when subjected to severe use they do not hold up. The dynamic footrests help by absorbing the energy transmitted by the user’s movement, while also providing therapeutic benefits by allowing users to experience motion not available with traditional footrests. Dynamic wheelchair footrests provide new functional capabilities while adding durability to solve the most demanding positioning needs.
Sheila M. Blochlinger, PT
Manager of the Rehabilitation Technology Department
Children’s Specialized Hospital
Separate footrests capture movement in each leg during extension.
Movement at the legs diffuses tone and limits movement upward at the pelvis.
This video demonstrates the three movements available in the Seating Dynamics Dynamic Footrests.
The first step in using any of the Seating Dynamics wheelchair footrests is the adapter / receiver. The Seating Dynamics footrest adapter / receiver allows any of our dynamic or static footrests to be used on many different wheelchairs. Depending on wheelchair manufacturer and model, different adapters may impact installed footrest length.
The second step is the determination of the upper leg style.
Dynamic Wheelchair Footrest
The basic dynamic footrest, shown above with dynamic plantar dorsi extension, provides dynamic telescoping movement to 1.5″ and dynamic elevation to 30° with the ability to set the initial (neutral / relaxed) position in one of five choices (90°, 80°, 70°, 60° and 50°).
Adjustable Windswept – Dynamic Wheelchair Footrest
The Windswept dynamic footrest provides the same functions as above plus an angle adjustable joint to rotate the footrest in or out, relative to the seat rail in 7.5° increments to accommodate a windswept deformity.
Adjustable High Pivot – Dynamic Wheelchair Footrest
This dynamic footrest features a 4″ raised pivot and height adjustment capable of raising the pivot point an additional 2″ to accommodate the short leg length of young children. Like all of our dynamic footrests it provides dynamic telescoping movement to 1.5″ and dynamic elevation to 30° with the ability to set the initial (neutral / relaxed) position in one of five choices (90°, 80°, 70°, 60° and 50°). This style is used with a shorter leg length and/or when seating equipment is added above the seat rail which reduces the seat rail to foot plate dimension.
Plantar / Dorsi (P/D) Footrest Extension
The third step, we will do for you: We will determine the correct remaining components to achieve the appropriate length based on the particular wheelchair model and the components selected in steps 1 and 2. All footrest extensions discussed here are for use only with the dynamic footrest.
Select either static or dynamic plantar dorsi. The extensions are available in 3 lengths, each having 2.5″ of leg length adjustment.
This extension style offers no movement of the ankle, appropriate for clients with AFO’s. Footplate is infinitely angle adjustable.
This extension style has ± 10° of dynamic plantar dorsi movement and should not be used in conjunction with ankle foot orthosis (AFO). Footplate is infinitely angle adjustable.
The fourth step is to select the appropriate size footplate. We offer small (4×6), medium (5×8) and large (6×10) foot plates. This is determined by the length of the client’s foot. the footrest style, chair width, caster size and seat to floor height. Our footplates are heavy duty ¼” aluminum with pre-drilled holes for mounting foot positioning accessories. All footplates used with the above footrest extension are infinitely angle adjustable.
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