Available in small, medium, or large, and with 2″ of depth adjustability, Newton’s composite footplate is engineered to be even lighter than their best-selling model. In addition, footplates have rubber inserts to increase overall traction and safety while sporting a new, updated appearance. Choose the composite footplate for a lighter plate than aluminium, but with a more secure rubber insert for better traction than the carbon fiber footplate. This product truly is the best of both worlds.
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Footrest options to support function and mobility.
Motion composites’ ultra-lightweight wheelchairs are known for their aggressive styling from top to bottom. Our footrests are no exception. We understand that footrests and footplates are more than just a place to put your feet.
If the footrest is too long you will lose proper posture and positioning in the search for support. The load shifts to the thighs and there is potential for sliding forward in the chair. The pelvis can then be pulled into sacral sitting, increasing the risk for pressure ulcers on another bony prominence, the coccyx or tailbone. Your measurements should be taken to select the appropriate length of footrest for your body for optimal seating and positioning. Motion Composites offers a wide range of adjustable footrest lengths to ensure that our users are properly supported.
Improper footrest length can also impact seated stability and the ability to propel or complete ADLs in the wheelchair. If the feet are not supported properly, the user will need to find ways to stabilize themselves for functional activities, and it can lead to discomfort, poor posture, and decreased function. Proper support and correct length help stabilize the pelvis and improve the distal function of the upper extremities.
Footrest selection can also impede or promote functional independence and safety. Consider the configuration of the chair and personal transfer styles when making a selection. There are many ways to transfer in and out of a chair; use of transfer boards, stand pivot transfers, and dependent sling transfers to name a few. If your footrests occupy the space where you plant your feet for a transfer, consider swinging away, flip-up, and flip back footrest and footplate solutions. Clearing the area where you plant your feet will promote safety and independence with transfers.
Don’t hesitate to contact one of our team members to get a quote or advice.