So the question was posed last week here about swim feet.
For those who are brand new here or just not terribly observant, I'm one of those folks who is missing a foot and part of a leg, and I make up for it with a batch of "store-bought" feet, each tailored to a special function.
So for you, my readers, and for anyone else who should have questions about prosthetics and their capabilities/limitations, here's the promised post about them, at least from my point of view.
Mere mortals only have one left foot. I, being enhanced, have three of them.
Most of the time, I just used this one.
Next, I have this running foot, which tends to be a bit more conspicuous.
This one is suction fit too, and it uses the same liner as my walking foot above, so I don't have to switch liners when changing feet like I had to with my first-generation feet. (Both of these are second-generation, meaning that they are subsequent to my originals.) This one is much springier and gives pretty good energy return, enabling me to run and to an extent, jump with it.
Then there's the swim foot.
I know this...)
As is typical of bureaucracies, the insurance entity that pays for these critters refused to pony up for a swim foot, rejecting the request as swimming and scuba diving are not essential functions" and thus I was not eligible for such a foot. So my prosthetist, being nothing if not savvy, re-submitted the request, this time specifying that the foot was needed so that I could stand in a shower as my regular walking foot is not approved for such activity. THAT they approved, so I got a $16,000 "shower leg", complete with articulating ankle.
And yeah, these things now cost about $16,000 each. They're custom made just to fit me and have a life-expectancy of 3-5 years, at which time they need to be replaced.
Here's $48K, not including the cost of liners ($120.00 each, and I have over a dozen) and lots of special socks to help tighten the fit.
And here are two first-generation legs that currently reside in my basement, having been worn out.
That running leg is the one that I used to run the Army Ten Miler back in 2008. My goal is to run it again one of these years, and ideally work up to a marathon. Sadly, I'm back working full time and work gets in the way of training. And honestly, I'm also not getting younger or lighter. But I'm still fighting that fight, not being ready to give up yet.
Sure, these legs can be a bit of a pain at times, and they don't always fit right or work without hurting, but when all is said and done, they really aren't very limiting at all if you really want to do something and are willing to do your part. And besides, they're lots of fun at airport metal detectors if you feel like making TSA work for it for a few minutes.
("I have no idea why that keeps beeping. I've taken all the metal out of my pockets...")
Hey, why have a plastic leg if you're not going to have fun with it, right?
And remember-just because something's part plastic, that doesn't mean that it's sub-par.
And anyone reading this is always free to drop me a comment asking questions. If you don't want the question or answer made public, include an e-mail address and I won't post either of them.