According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Parkinson’s disease affects an estimated 7-to-10 million people worldwide with more than 200,000 cases each year in the United States alone.
What is Parkinson’s disease?
While some people experience small, naturally-occurring tremors on occasion, people with Parkinson’s disease often have constant, violent tremors resulting from nerve cell damage in the brain. The cell damage causes dopamine levels to drop, resulting in the disease’s debilitating symptoms. Patients usually see symptoms begin with a hand tremor, slow movement, stiffness or loss of balance (National Parkinson’s Association).
Because Parkinson’s disease attacks the central nervous system, most people with severe symptoms have critical motor skill impairment that leaves them unable to do daily activities that most of us take for granted, such as tying shoes, eating, driving and writing. Luckily, thanks to modern technology, many products have been invented to help people adjust to life with Parkinson’s — and Lock Laces® is one of those products.
Never Tie Your Shoes Again
Because Parkinson’s causes violent shaking due to nerve cell damage, patients usually have an extremely hard time tying their shoes. Most resort to alternatives to traditional tying shoes such as Velcro or slip-on shoes without laces. But these shoes are often limited in selection and can get expensive if you have to order from a specialty shoe store. And there’s a much better option out there: Lock Laces®.
Lock Laces® are the original elastic no-tie shoelaces that offer an alternative to traditional tying laces. So don’t throw out all of your stylish lace-up shoes quite yet if you’re not a fan of Velcro or shoes without laces. Simply replace your traditional laces with Lock Laces® and never tie again.
How Do Lock Laces® Work?
After you remove the traditional laces from your sneakers, lace up your shoes with Lock Laces® in a normal crisscross lacing pattern and follow the remaining steps of the installation process. Now, instead of constantly tying and retying your shoelaces, you’ll be able to simply slide the mechanical lock to adjust fit. When you’re active, slide the mechanical lock toward the tongue of the shoe to tighten. If you’re relaxing, slide the mechanical lock toward the toe of the shoe to loosen.
Because Lock Laces® are made from elastic material, they stretch with your foot as it naturally swells throughout the day. Traditional laces can be extremely restrictive when your feet swell because they are often made from tightly woven cotton or nylon. Unlike traditional laces, Lock Laces® will not cut off blood circulation to your feet.
Lock Laces® fit in every shoe with eyelets, so you can install a pair in all of your favorite shoes without ever having to worry about tying. With the help of technology like Lock Laces®, people with Parkinson’s disease can more easily learn how to adjust to their symptoms. Check out our article, "Lock Laces® for Senior Citizens," for information on how Lock Laces® help senior citizens regain their independence.
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