Louise finds shinfinTM fins very helpful for her swim exercise, having peripheral neuropathy, foot drop and severe lower leg weakness. The fins allow her to swim through the water so much more easily because they promote a horizontal body position and lift her legs horizontal and streamlined too. Also, the fins encourage her to kick from her hips and help her to strengthen her torso, buttocks and thigh muscles. With weaker fingers due to her peripheral neuropathy, an alternative strapping method for less finger strength can help.
Louise’s review from Kiama Downs, Australia
“I’ve found the fins very helpful, although I still haven’t mastered adjusting the straps properly. My hands are also affected by peripheral neuropathy, so that may make it harder too. I have quite severe lower leg weakness and foot drop. The fins allow me to get through the water so much more easily. So I can get the exercise I need.”
Louise’s review: Exercise fins for peripheral neuropathy & foot drop
“These fins will be used for swimming, with severe peripheral neuropathy.”
I noticed that you ordered your fins a couple of months ago and wanted to check how you have been going with them with your peripheral neuropathy. I’d love to hear please.
Also, did you have any problem with the straps, or maybe you just decided to get an extra pair? Your extra straps are already on their way so you should get them within a couple of days. Any questions just ask, I am here to help.
“The extra straps arrived today. I’ve found the fins very helpful, although I still haven’t mastered adjusting the straps properly. I have quite severe lower leg weakness and foot drop. The fins allow me to get through the water so much more easily. So I can get the exercise I need. Oh and the strap was chewn by our puppy!”
Sorry that your puppy liked the straps so much! I’m glad to hear you are finding your fins very helpful and getting the benefits from them.
We have quite a few customers with foot drop and lower leg weakness and get good feedback from them. I am expanding the website to give better guidance to people. So I would be particularly interested to hear how you progress with them whenever you have a moment to email me please. Actually, can I ask another favour please? Would you mind if I put some extracts from your emails on the website?
The straps usually get easier with practice. Following the tips we sent with the fins and by email, each fin usually takes about 30 seconds to put on, 10 seconds to take off, and 10 seconds to tighten or loosen whilst wearing the fins. If you still have difficulties after checking through these tips, please let me know what you still find difficult so I can help you better.
“I’m happy for you to quote me. I just need to sit down and go through your instructions properly. It’s usually such an effort for me to get to the pool that I have just made do. My hands are also affected by peripheral neuropathy, so that may make it harder too. I’ll let you know if I continue to have problems.”
Thank you for your kind permission Louise. Personal recommendation is very important to help a new product like this along, so I really appreciate it. If your hand strength, due to peripheral neuropathy, is still a problem after following the general fitting tips, then you could try this alternative strapping for less finger strength.
You will find swim exercise with shinfinTM fins very helpful with many diabilities including foot drop, lower leg weakness and peripheral neuropathy. Because they encourage a horizontal body position and lift your legs horizontal and streamlined, the fins help you to swim through the water much more easily. Also, the fins help you to strengthen your torso, buttocks and thigh muscles because they encourage your to kick from your hips. If you have weaker fingers, perhaps due to peripheral neuropathy, this alternative strapping method for less finger strength can help you.
In addition to foot drop, shinfinTM fins help with many other foot and leg issues. These further reviews show snorkeling with bunions and hammertoes, swimming after osteosarcoma surgery swimming with multiple sclerosis, exercising for hip therapy and water walking and exercise swimming without back problems.