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    Knee warmers

    My Dad is a para, and basically wears shorts all year round. Even in cold/snow midwestern weather. He tolerates cold well. But the main reason he wears shorts is they are easier to manipulate when getting dressed/cathing, and he's a pretty casual guy by nature. He also wears compression stockings and AFOs. Yup, he can pull off that look, and always favors comfort over style.

    But for the bad winter days.... and for skin protection in case of falls.... I've been looking for something he could pull on occasionally... some sort of leg warmer..... The ones that seem most interesting are called "knee warmers" .

    Here's an example....

    http://www.sierratradingpost.com/s~m...rs/?perPage=24

    Has anyone tried something like this? My biggest concern is not having anything too tight on his lower leg that could cause a pressure sore at the point where the warmer ends. And somehow they need to be compatible with his stockings/AFOs. My Dad does have some sensation below the knee, but it is decreased.

    Anyone ever tried such a thing, or have any recs?

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    Leg Warmers at Winter Silks are knitted wool and silk, come in black and natural, currently on sale $17.99 They are hand washable. I've used them before and they wear well and aren't too tight on me. I have very thin legs.

    http://wintersilks.blair.com/p/silk-...rd=leg+warmers

    All the best,
    GJ

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    Those look nice. But since he wears compression stockings and AFOs, his lower legs are pretty well covered. He needs something for the knees/thighs... Keeping them up, sizing ( with atrophied calves and more normal thighs), and skin safety are my main concerns.

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    I just pull these up over my knees and for me they are thigh/knee warmers, not lower leg warmers. I wear knee hi dress socks so between the leg warmers and socks I have almost total leg coverage. Haven't had a problem with any pressure or keeping them up.

    All the best,
    GJ

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    Thanks GJ. But I think he needs a type like the sporty ones that have an elastic at the top to secure them. When he walks up/down stairs and does some pretty rough transfers, I suspect the soft ones will fall down. Maybe I'll order a pair of each and see what works... Thanks though.

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    Vermont Country Store carries these: http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/s..._Warmers/54700

    Something like this, used by men who bike might also work: http://www.amazon.com/Pearl-Izumi-Th...0891610&sr=1-8

    My sister made some for my mother out of a cut up pair of sweat pants (cut off each leg), and put soft elastic in a cuff at the top. She wore these under dresses in the winter when going outdoors and they worked well over her compression hose, but she was not walking (wheelchair mobile only) so I can't say how well they would stay in place for your dad.

    (KLD)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse
    Vermont Country Store carries these: http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/s..._Warmers/54700

    Something like this, used by men who bike might also work: http://www.amazon.com/Pearl-Izumi-Th...0891610&sr=1-8

    My sister made some for my mother out of a cut up pair of sweat pants (cut off each leg), and put soft elastic in a cuff at the top. She wore these under dresses in the winter when going outdoors and they worked well over her compression hose, but she was not walking (wheelchair mobile only) so I can't say how well they would stay in place for your dad.

    (KLD)

    Thanks KLD - The Izumi pair on Amazon is the one I was thinking about.

    I love your idea about simply cutting off the legs of sweat pants. Ingenious. I think I will try that as well. Thank you.

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    I recently ordered these. They are being shipped from England, through another website. We'll see if they work. I like the Velcro option for easy on/off.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/NEOPRENE-KNE.../dp/B002RB5S02

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