Projects Independent Wheelchair Footrest

Independent Wheelchair Footrest

Client: Abby age: 20
Volunteers: Ray Riley,
Project Number: 20150218
Delivery Date: April 7 2015

Project Summary

Abby reached out with a simple request—help keep her feet positioned and stable on her wheelchair footrest. Spasms often result in her feet falling from the footrest, creating pain and the need for constant supervision. Volunteers custom fit the wheelchair with plastic foot boxes to keep her feet comfortably in place.

Request/Hurdle

I sustained a spinal cord injury in an accident two years ago that left me paralyzed from the chest down. I have limited movement in my arms and no fine motor control in my fingers.

I have biceps but no triceps and very little core control. My problem is that when I am sitting in my wheelchair, I have spasms quite frequently that cause my feet to move out of position. When they are not in the right position, I am in quite a bit of pain. I am always calling my parents into my room to move my feet. And also because of this, I can never be left alone. That is quite a hardship on my parents.

I am hoping that you could make a device that would enable me to move my feet back into position by myself.

The Outcome

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Client Testimonial

I wanted to let you know that the modification you made had worked out beyond our expectations! When she has leg spasms now, the feet “magically” return to their proper position about 80% of the time. It has given her more independence as now she feels confident to be left
alone for an hour or two at a time. And it has certainly helped out us as well, as we don’t have to worry about her being alone as much, and we don’t have to run and fix her feet all of the time now.

Project Specs

Materials: Plastic and hardware

 

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