Hi everyone! Some may think that wearing an orthopedic shoe lift is a hindrance. After all, not everyone wears one and the wearer could be on the receiving end of some strange looks. I know, I have worn an external 1.5″ version for 40 years. Part of my post-tkr includes adjusting my shoe lifts. It is a difficult and frustrating process So..that is why I have sat down and developed reasons to be grateful for wearing them.
Decreased back pain. Properly sized shoe lifts straighten your spine. When this happens, spinal alignment improves and everything starts to function at an improved level. The risks of developing pinched nerves, internal organ stress, strained muscles, and other conditions diminish.
Lessens leg length discrepancy. People with even length legs likely take this for granted. Us with leg length discrepancies know better. When one leg is shorter than the other, all kinds of health concerns result. A properly-sized shoe lift will improve the situation.
Better balance. An imbalanced body lays the foundation for a number of mental and physical ailments. Shoe lifts even out your body.
Better mental functioning. Something as insignificant as a shoe lift can improve your mental outlook. Nothing is more pleasurable than being able to walk without pain and/or discomfort.
Less strain. Failing to wear a shoe lift when needed results in placing extra strain on your opposite side. Your “good side” will be taking the brunt of pressure. This can result in muscle swelling/inflammation, painful hip and/or knee joint, and lower back pain.
Puddles. Depending upon the thickness of one’s shoe lift, puddles can easily be walked through. Your shoe will not get wet, unlike your â€œregularâ€ shoe. This statement applies to shallow streams, also.
Self defense. If someone starts to give the wearer a hard time, the shoe lift can be used to place a heavy kick to the groin. (That is if you can lift your leg that much. :)) The extra weight will make for an extra punch.
Toe stomping. Shoe lifts are perfect for this. If needed, it could be part of self defense. This is especially true for an external lift.
Bug killing. The extra weight of a noticeably-sized shoe lift can provide for an easy kill of bugs that are otherwise hard to eradicate (such as a Palmetto bug..aka heavy duty cockroach.) Just properly position your shoe over the critter and press down firmly. It saves the little critter from experiencing a lingering death. Be sure to apologize to them before the killing process, though. They usually don’t mean any harm.
Gait. I can’t think of anything funny about this, though. 🙁 Just a plain and simple, hard, cold fact. It has helped out tremendously since my total knee replacement.
Why am I writing this blog post? I have been wearing a shoe lift for so long, I forget that others are confused about wearing this walking aid. Numerous people have approached me asking for insight. Hope this helps others going through the same thing…
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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns. The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.