Advantages and characteristics of sole supports
Why is arch support so important for feet?
Arch support is important because it helps keep your feet, knees, hips, back and body in the right position. Incorrect or non-existent arch support can cause serious health problems in the feet and other parts of the body.
How do I know which insoles are suitable for my shoes?
Finding the right foot support can sometimes be quite difficult. If you want to wear insoles in low shoes or heels, we recommend choosing three-quarter (3/4) insoles – they are narrow and take up little space in the shoe, as there is often little space in such shoes.
Both full sole supports and 3/4 sole supports can be used in everyday or sports shoes. It also depends on how advanced your foot problems are. Some sole supports are a little softer and some are stronger. The stronger ones have significantly better support, so they are better suited for treating more serious foot problems.
Individual sole supports are slightly wider and may not fit in every shoe. Therefore, it is important that when you come to order individual soles, you bring the shoes that you walk in the most so that the sole specialist can fit the soles.
What are the benefits of wearing insoles on my shoes?
Wearing arch supports can extend the life of your shoes because they support your feet in the right places and can prevent your shoes from wearing out in unnatural places. The sole supports reduce shock and keep the feet supported. They also help distribute the load better.
If I have low arches, will arch supports hurt my feet?
If you have low arches, there’s a chance that individual or standard arch supports can make your feet hurt a little at first. This is due to the pressure exerted by the foot supports on the arches of the feet. The pressure may cause a little pain as the feet are not used to the support. But it takes time – don’t give up on the sole supports immediately, because the foot just has to get used to the sole supports! For some it takes a few days, for some it takes a few weeks. Practice wearing foot supports gradually at first. When your feet don’t hurt anymore, you can wear the sole supports all day long! Remember – wearing them will only do you good!
What is the difference between individual and standard sole supports?
The main difference between the two is that individual footbeds are made exactly to the specifics of your foot. Individual sole supports made by us are made using the vacuum method. Standard sole supports are universal and suitable for all feet. They are very good to begin with and are suitable for the treatment and prevention of minor foot problems. If you have more serious problems with your feet, you definitely need individual foot supports!
Are low arched shoes bad for my feet?
Shoes (for example, ballerinas, low summer shoes, etc.) that do not have arch support and are low, will definitely hurt your feet. Little or no arch support can alter posture and posture. Also, a greater load is applied to the heels and buttocks, which can deform the legs.
Assistive devices suitable for elderly people
The bedroom should be comfortable
This is where a person spends most of their time. It must be comfortable there. It is safe to move when sleepy, just waking up in the morning, and when going to the toilet at night. The floor should be smooth, without obstacles. Carpets are not necessary, or they should be attached to the floor and placed in such a way that there is no chance of tripping over the edge of the carpet. The slippers should be by the bed so that they do not cause tripping if left in front. Loose figurines or souvenirs are not suitable for bedroom furniture. It’s good if you can turn on the light from the bed. Getting out of bed is facilitated by the pull-up ladder placed in the footboard, the reins placed above the bed and the handrail mounted on the wall. A higher bed is more comfortable to get up from. Bedroom furniture could include a chair with armrests so you can get dressed without fear of falling. It is more convenient to get up from a high chair than from a low one. It’s good if you can use the clock to call for help.
Toilet and laundry room
Going to the toilet should be as easy as possible. Potty risers and armrests on both sides of the potty (potty risers with armrests) are helpful. If there is a lot of space from the door to the toilet bowl, you could also have armrests on the walls. The washroom is one of the most dangerous places to fall, as the tub and floors are wet and slippery. Usually, the bathroom is small, leaving little space to move freely. For safe movement, cover the floors and the bottom of the bath with rough material, handrails on the walls also facilitate movement. It is safe to wash yourself in the bath or shower while sitting on the shower chair. It is convenient to handle the long-handled brush and the handle instead of the tap buttons. Slippery soap can be put inside a wash glove. To avoid scalding, the hot water could be adjusted lower. Brushing your teeth is made easier by an electric toothbrush and an electric shaver.
Fastening and unfastening buttons, laces and hooks, as well as getting hands in cuffs or putting on socks, can be a problem when getting dressed. Choose clothes that are easy to put on and take off, as well as shoes that are easy to handle. For example, blouses and jackets that open in the front are more comfortable than those that go over the head. Buckles and snaps are easier to fasten than buttons, hooks and ribbons. To facilitate dressing, a button hook and a shoe spoon can be used, larger loops or rings can be put on the locks. Allow enough time to get dressed.
Housework should be made as easy as possible for yourself. Use tools that do not require bending over: long-handled brushes, shovels and window cleaning sponges and light vacuum cleaners. If possible, do major chores in the morning hours of a business day so that you can feel free and rest on the weekend.
In the kitchen, it is important to place cooking utensils at a comfortable height. Coffee should be near the coffee maker, pots, pans, ladles near the stove, etc. If there is room on the wall, you can hang many things on hooks. Plan the room so that there is more room for movement and turning in the stove-faucet-refrigerator area. If possible, the microwave should be used more so that there is no risk of burning. If the dining table is in another room, use a serving table. Electric tools are a great help when making food: cutters, mixers, grinders, etc.
When recommending, you must definitely look at the stage of Parkinson’s disease, because depending on it, different aids are needed:
- Aids for movement to maintain balance (rollers, canes with multiple points of support, support frame with a step – intensifies the cooperation of arms and legs)
- Aids for dressing (sock pullers, shoe spoons, buttonholes)
- For eating (cups with a spout, special cutlery)
- For food preparation (can openers)
- Potty chairs next to the bed to make it more comfortable at night
- Toilet seat raiser
- Install armrests in the household
- Sheets for independent turning in bed, sliding sheets (RoMedic)
- Bathroom accessories (benches, seats, hair washer, etc.)
- Writing aids
- Orthotics if necessary
- Means to prevent bedsores
- Definitely aids for training
- Big fit balls, train balance very well
- Balance cushions for sitting, as well as balance training
- Balls for throwing, catching, coordination training
- For example, an adjustable armchair