Yesterday I saw Lynne (my Prosthetist) and my Rehabilitation Consultant’s Registrar. I was going to write a blog about the Registrar meeting but wanted to sleep on it as I wasn’t really sure how I felt, I still don’t so I am going to leave that till tomorrow and cover what happened Lynne.

The day before our Open Day the other week I was trying to see if I could get my Army boots on my prosthetic leg. First I tried my issued Assault boot that has the tongue stitched to the boot which made life difficult. The problem with the prosthetic leg is the foot is fixed which means there is no give when trying to get the foot in a shoe. After having loosened all the laces and wrestled with it for a while I gave up and turned to my Magnum’s. These feel more like a trainer to wear and unlike the Assault boots the tongue is not sewn to the boot. I had to take the laces out to get the boot on and it was still a struggle but manageable. Of course as with anything prosthetic the problems don’t finish there. You see when they set up the foot they use the shoe you go to your prosthetist in. Being casual I had mine setup for trainers, which is fine while you wearing trainers but ideally all shoes/boots I wear from now on need to have the heel and sole level. Now although the boots have a heel they feel flat when you are wearing them but when I walked with the Magnum on it didn’t feel quite right. I thought I had done the top of the boot up too tight as the shaft of the leg was touching the front of the boot  When I saw Lynne on Monday I took my boots too to get a professional opinion.

Lynne cut the offending bit of plastic off the front of my socket, which limits my bend forward, but it didn’t make that much difference in the end. I think I can get a little further without starting to push out of the socket so it will take some road testing to see if there is any advantage from it. On to the boots then and after taking them away and playing with them for a while there came a verdict. Now amazingly she managed to get the Assault boot on and that is how she brought the leg out. Lynne did say that it was a real struggle but managed it with a long shoe horn. I now have a long and short one on order as they may become my new best friends in the footwear department. She found the Magnum just popped on quite easily, again with the shoe horn. Now the heel is slightly higher which pushes me forward a bit but I put the leg on and had a walk, I had a trainer on the other foot but it wasn’t too bad and with the other boot on it should feel better. I have to be careful because being pushed forward means being pushed on the toes which means the knee will break easier and increases the risk of falling. I was told I could have the foot adjusted to the boot and a wedge made to go in the heel of my trainers to give them the same angle, for the amount of time I normally wear the boots I decided not too. My plan is to just try things and see how it goes, if I can’t wear them then I move to an alternative, Annual Camp in a couple of weeks will be the ultimate test. I did ask if below knee amputees have the same issue, apparently the do with getting the foot in the shoe and men more than women as they have bigger feet. The angle of the shoe impacts them slightly less as they have some lower limb muscle and a knee to help control this were the above knees have to control everything with the thigh. So that’s it, even something as simple as changing your shoes actually becomes not that simple. With a bit of trial and error and possibly a couple of falls I am sure I will learn quite quickly what I can and can’t wear.


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