Assistive Devices

Assistive Devices for Peripheral Neuropathy Muscle Weakness and Pain

Mechanical aids and other assistive devices can help reduce pain and lessen the impact of physical disability and muscle weakness. To help you remain as independent as possible, and maintain your own safety, it’s important to have the tools you need.

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Here is a sampling of assistive aids and devices that you might find helpful: 

Getting Dressed:

  • Use a bath mat in the tub or shower to keep from slipping. If the feeling of the mat is uncomfortable, wear flip-flops or other waterproof shoes like Aquasox.
  • Use a bath chair if you cannot stand unassisted
  • Compression stockings
  • Orthopedic shoes can improve gait disturbances and help prevent foot injuries in people with a loss of pain sensation. Be sure to check your feet regularly for cuts, abrasions or injury to your feet
  • Long-handled shoe horn
  • Hair Dryer stand
  • Long handled bath tools – brushes or sponges
  • Electric razor
  • Electric toothbrush
  • Zipper pulls
  • Velcro closures on shoes
  • Automated soap dispensers

Around the House:

  • Use handrails and grab bars, if needed, for balance
  • Thermometer to check the temperature of your shower or bath water
  • Use gloves when doing housework. Be sure to check for any cuts, abrasions, burns or injury to your hands
  • Use push button cleaner dispensers, installed at the right height for you
  • Use a wheeled laundry cart

Getting Around:

  • Hand or foot braces can compensate for muscle weakness or alleviate nerve compression
  • Cane – make sure you are fitted properly so you do not compound the problem with balance
  • Walker – have the walker adjusted to the proper height so you are not leaning over too far
  • Wheelchair

Finding the ambulatory device that is right for you

Many people struggling with peripheral neuropathy need some help getting around – they have weakness or instability. Learn how you and your healthcare provider can determine the best device for you. There are multiple types of devices: canes, crutches, and walkers. This article will also help you learn how to make sure you get the best fit for you – to keep you safe!

Source: American Family Physicians Click here to read the article

Other resources

For pictorial suggestions for devices that may be of help to you, please click here.

Our Facebook community has provided some of their favorite products that they have found useful. Maybe something here will be useful for you, too!

Shoes:

  • Acorn padded slippers
  • Adidas Sport Sandals
  • Asics
  • Crocs
  • Havaianas Sandals
  • Mephisto
  • SAS
  • Sheepskin moccasins (Lamo (diabetic), Minnetonka, Ugg)

Socks:

  • Fleece-lined Knee Highs (no maker I can find: Amerimark is a vendor but that’s what they call them)
  • Heatmax “Toasti-Toes”
  • Holofiber® Socks
  • Salk Diabetic Socks
  • Wickers Holofiber
  • Socks with magnetic insoles (Therion, Nikken)
  • ‘Stay at Home’ Socks, JCPenny
  • TED hose for swelling

Supplies:

  • Hoop to keep blankets off of feet in bed (Foot Sleep Guard)
  • Pillow between legs (Contour)