What is a heel lift pillow and what does it do?

Here’s why you should use a heel lift pillow.

It’s not always easy to get a comfortable night’s sleep, especially for those who stay in bed for long periods of time and risk developing injuries such as bed sores.

Using a heel lift pillow can significantly relieve pressure on the feet and lower legs to prevent further injury and discomfort so anyone struggling with heel pain can get restful sleep.

heel lift pillow how does it help and what does it do?

What is a heel lift pillow?

A heel pillow is a small, wedge-shaped pillow that gently lifts the feet and lower legs so there’s less pressure on your ankles and feet while lying on your back in bed.

People who have pressure ulcers, decubitus ulcers, and bedsores - especially elderly people and people who recently underwent surgery - can greatly benefit from using a heel pillow in bed.

Heels are among the most common areas where pressure ulcers can form, according to Healthcare Made Practical. These injuries usually happen around bony areas of the body that are exposed to friction, shear, and moisture, according to Public Health England. Doctors say that the best way to prevent heel pressure ulcers is to relieve as much pressure as possible on the heels.

That’s why heel pillows are often used to help people stay comfortable and prevent injuries while they’re in bed for long periods of time. A 2009 study of more than 160 patients found that wedge-shaped pillows were more effective at decreasing the risk of developing heel pressure ulcers than traditional pillows.

Heel ulcers aren’t just uncomfortable - they can also be dangerous. Untreated heel ulcers can lead to complications such as infection, cellulitis, osteomyelitis, septicemia, limb amputation, or even death.

heel lift pillow how does it help and what does it do?

How to use a heel lift pillow

To make the most out of your heel pillow, place the pillow under your lower legs with the taller end of the pillow toward your feet. This should leave the heels slightly elevated off the bed to relieve pressure from the heels.

Some people also use a heel pillow behind their knees to promote better circulation and relieve leg pressure at night.

People who are pregnant can use the wedge-shaped pillow to support their pregnancy bump while sleeping on their sides.

heel lift pillow how does it help and what does it do?

Where to buy a heel lift pillow?

The Heel Lift Leg Pillow from Putnams is designed to comfortably lift heels off the bed to gently reduce pressure on the lower legs and feet.

The wedge-shaped Putnams Heel Lift Leg Pillow is made with a firm foam core that will offer all-night support. The pillow also features a removable poly-cotton cover that’s easy to wash. 

The pillow measures: 56 x 19.5 x 8cm.

For 40 years, Putnams has produced quality comfort products recommended by medical professionals in the UK and beyond.

The family-owned company is also committed to reducing its impact on the environment by working with environmental groups and choosing materials that are locally sourced and environmentally friendly whenever possible.

 

Sources

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pressure-sores/treatment/

https://www.hmpgloballearningnetwork.com/site/wmp/content/practice-recommendations-preventing-heel-pressure-ulcers

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19422672/

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pressure-ulcers-applying-all-our-health/pressure-ulcers-applying-all-our-health

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