Tying Your Shoes
Have you found that living with one sided weakness has made it really hard to wear shoes with laces because tying them is nearly impossible? Here are a few tips to help you bring back the laces and regain some of your dressing independence. Ditch the classic two looped knot for this one-handed knot and start wearing your favorite lace up shoes again. Directions accompanied by diagrams and pictures can be found on the website at the end of this post!
A suggestion from one of our readers: “Having limited use of my left arm after my strokes created a dilemma when it came time to tie my shoes. For a while I did have to have someone tie my shoes. At one point I could hold thing in my hand but had no strength. At this point when I would go to tie my own shoes, I would wrap the left shoestring around my left finger. This gave me the added leverage needed to pull my strings tight. This allowed me to tie my own shoes. I might add if you cannot bring your leg up to allow greater access to the shoe, try sitting on the bed, piece of furniture, I have even sat on the bottom of the stairs, that are low to the ground.”
For instructions on how to tie this knot, copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/onehandedknot.htm
For lacing instructions and sizing, copy and paste the following link into your browser: http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/onehandedlacing.htm