Crip Tip: Sandal Safety

Published: Jun 28, 2019

Sandals work well for wheelchair users: they’re easy to slip on and off and are fairly comfortable. But, there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind if you want to wear them safely.

First, you’ll want to get something with straps that tighten or that at least have a strap over the heel. I know, it’s not the most fashionable thing in the world, but it will help keep them on your feet. This goes doubly for folks who lack sensation or have paralysis in their feet.

Second, you’re going to want to buy a half‐size larger than you normally wear. This will give you about an inch of room between your exposed toes and the end of the sandal. You want this extra room because, if your foot slides off your foot plate, your sandal is going to grind against the ground instead of your big toe, preventing injuries to your foot.

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