The heels are particularly vulnerable to pressure sore development. For those living alone and with mobility difficulties, taking care of one’s feet can be a huge task and the heel is a particularly difficult area of the body to examine when the action of bending down is painful or difficult. As the lowest extremity, the feet are very susceptible to vascular inefficiency.
Hard and dry skin can crack and fissure, while systemic disorders such as diabetes may cause numb areas making the detection of a wound to the heel nearly impossible. This is made even harder when there is no-one to help during the activities of daily life. Care workers are fully aware of the fragile nature of the feet and are trained to recognise early signs of skin degeneration. Heels are usually damaged when individuals are largely bedbound, but they can also suffer from rough upholstery, knocking or rubbing against a hard wheelchair foot support, badly fitting shoes and lack of protection.
Healthcare Equip offers various heel protectors for elderly and bedbound customers that reduce pressure, shear and friction forces and simultaneously separate and protect the ankles. We supply fleece heel protectors and protective sheepskin footwear for a comfortable, natural solution for those with a medium risk of pressure sores. For wool allergies, quilted heel protectors or quilted bootees are just as soft and effective, as are our thickly padded foot pillows.
If you are at a higher risk of pressure injuries to the heel and ankles, we recommend a full protective boot that integrates air-filled capsules with frictionless interiors. Other alternatives are blow-up repose slippers and boots that lift the heel completely from the bed and so significantly reduce pressure ulcer development; however, this solution may only be used when lying on the back. Naturally, we also provide various gel-based or memory foam cushions to distribute weight more effectively and so relieve pressure to the heel.