Wheelchair Elevating Legrests
Choosing the right kind of wheelchair leg rest, also known as wheelchair leg support, is a very important decision. In fact, if you don’t have the right kind of leg rest then you could easily face discomfort, increased spasticity and even a worsening of your condition. So getting it right is important.
A number of considerations come into play here, and it is vital that you are fully informed when it comes to the types available and the benefits they offer. You need appropriate support for the foot and leg when using a wheelchair. If you do not have this level of support, you could face problems such as back pain and pressure in the buttocks, which can mean considerable discomfort.
There are generally two types of wheelchair elevating legrests
There are two types of wheelchair elevating legrests: articulated and elevated leg rests.
The main function of leg supports is either elevating or articulating, is repositioning of the user to spread out the pressure load and help increase circulation to prevent swelling. Both types are available on a wide range of wheelchairs (standard equipment on reclining and tilting wheelchairs), but they offer a different experience.
In any case, keep in mind that the angle at which a leg rest is attached to the wheelchair (normally 70, 80 or 90 degrees), can affect pelvic position and can impact your sitting position in the wheelchair. Also, the angle will affect your movements in closed spaces, i.e. turning circles of the wheelchair and access around the house. You can also have powered leg rests and manual use leg rests. While the choice can seem a little overwhelming, your medical condition may well determine which leg rest option you take.