It’s always amazing for us to see what clients can do with the right prosthetic technology and the right fit. Today’s prosthetic limbs are designed with active lifestyles in mind, and amputees are certainly doing everything they can to push themselves to the limits and beyond.
Over the past couple years, we’ve seen clients maneuver on ripstick skateboards and compete in skate park competitions. The ability to turn and flex your ankles and knees on advanced prosthetic legs has opened the doors to amputees who want to show off their mad skills on ramps, rails, and jumps.
Of course, the technological advancements of these new prosthetic limbs are only one small piece of the puzzle. For a skater to be able to maneuver deftly on their board, catch air (and land!), and carve turns on a vertical wall, the fit of their limb and socket must be absolutely perfect. Any small variation from a perfect fit would cost them the ability to make such tight, specific and fast movements.
And of course the skill, determination, and athleticism of the skater are what sets them apart from the crowd. The best technology and fit in the world can’t compensate for an individual who doesn’t practice and commit to their skill, and we’re proud to see that many of our clients push themselves daily to improve their skills, to take their abilities to the next level, and to break all boundaries.
Just check out one recent video from our client Andrew to see what’s possible: