How to Use the SandPad
The SandPad can be attached to a cane or crutches by removing the rubber tip on the end of the device. Apply a small amount of petroleum jelly or wet the end of the cane or crutches with soapy water. Slip the SandPad onto the end of the cane or crutch and it is ready for use.
The SandPad was designed to be used on beaches to keep cane and crutch users from sinking into the sand with the traditional rubber tips found on those assistive devices.
The SandPad device is not intended for use on wet or slippery surfaces; it is intended for use on dry sand, dry rocky terrain and dry, flat surfaces.
The manufacturers of the SandPad will be creating a second, smaller version of this product for children who use canes or crutches and walker users that will be available in the marketplace mid-2012.
The SandPad is made of 70 shore hardness ethylene propylene diene Monomer (M-class) rubber. The diameter has six supporting ribs, allowing it to adjust to shifting terrain as pressure is put upon it, without causing imbalance to the user. It is flexible and durable, and comes with a lifetime guarantee. Each SandPad for adult canes and crutches is 8 inches in diameter and weigh 1.10 pounds. They fit stem tips that are 3/4 inches to 1 inch in diameter.
A smaller diameter version will be available soon. The smaller design will be 4 inches in diameter and will be for use by children and walker users. The weight of the smaller item is not yet determined.
The SandPad is available directly from the manufacturer's website and on Amazon.com. They can be purchased singly, or by the pair.
How it Works
The SandPad works by distributing your weight evenly on a wider, supporting surface. Instead of sinking into the sand with a small tip, the wider surface area keeps your assistive device on top the sand. The end result is that you'll be able to traverse a sandy beach almost as easily as you can walk across a flat, unmoving surface using the same assistive device.
Individuals who have missed going to the beach because of mobility issues may now access their favorite beach, lay down a beach blanket and enjoy the scenery with friends and family without worrying that they will tire out before they reach their destination.
About the Inventor
The individual who invented the SandPad, Jerry Vasilatos, became an amputee after an accident in a subway. He designed the device after a trip to Greece. While on his trip he found he was unable to fully enjoy the beautiful beaches and scenery because it was exhausting to walk through the sand on crutches. In addition, he couldn't risk exposing the electronic components of his prosthesis to sand.
Upon his return to the states, he realized that no one manufactured an item that would help him walk with crutches on a beach, so he decided to invent one. With the help of his father A.J., an industrial designer, they came up with the design of the SandPad.
The company supports the disabled by donating a portion of their proceeds to the Disabled Veterans of America. In addition, they provide complimentary pairs of SandPads to the Amputee Coalition of America, who then deliver them to individuals in need.