Praise God! I did a little happy dance when I saw this. I want a pair of these for everyone of my patients that has a flaccid foot, rather from a stroke or brain injury or multiple sclerosis or compartment syndrome or cerebral palsy or whatever the cause.
Have you ever tried to put a flaccid foot (no muscle tone, floppy) with an AFO brace on it in a shoe? Almost impossible to do gracefully… which is what I’m supposed to be able to do, since I’m supposedly an expert at this stuff, right? And then I’m supposed to help out my OT people and demo/teach the patient how to put it on. HAHAHA yeah right. There is just “no easy way to do it.” I’ve asked all my OT friends and they all say that. Which I’m imaging why so many people give up on wearing good tennis shoes (which makes them more of a fall risk) AND give up wearing their AFO too because you need a tennis shoe to hold the thing in place (adding more fall risk) and then they don’t walk anymore because it’s “just too hard”. All because of one stupid shoe!
Enter the Nike Flyease. *Cue the choir of angels!* This could be a game changer! These folk will not only be able to dress themselves, but may be able to change their habits for healthier lives by walking more and safely too!
These wonderful shoes will be available tomorrow on nike.com “in limited quantities.” Nikes says they are working on other silhouettes besides basketball shoes, if that’s not your style. Nike is also sending a pair to each player on 2 U.S. Special Olympic teams that are preparing to play next week. God bless Nike!