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  1. Caveman

    High Heels!!!

    The problem with a heel height adjustable foot on an AK is (if you have a free knee) then when you bump the heel height up, you change the alignment at the knee, and so make it more difficult to walk. Once you change the heel height with a free knee, then you will change everything. What you would ideally need is a leg set at the heel height you want and a leg set at normal heel height, although I don't think your prosthetist would like this suggestion :D I think you're being a bit confusing Ali... if you have a heel hieght adjustment device such as an adjustable foot, or the Brio30.... then there are no specific problems associated with AKs. What you describe only happens if you change the hieght of you heel without making allowance for it. If you wear a 2cm heel and you adjust the device to plantar flex the foot by the same amount, your alignment at the knee doesn't change. I agree with Mr Blue
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    hello from newbie

    good luck with the surgery. I too like may here, are motorcyclists who are now missing bits. For me it was amputate or die - too much infection, ( I was wearing full top quality kit but still got shredded). BE POSITIVE you are alive an there is a lot of living to do. You are below the knee (better than above) other bits are still working (body and brain)! With luck you should be able to do everything you did before to encourage: I was working from PC a few weeks after getting out of intensive care, 2 weeks after getting my leg I was driving, next day after driving climbed a ladder, 3 months after leg, class 1 flying medical, commercial licence and instructor's rating back, 6 months after leg working day back to normal ( climbing all over boats as a surveyor), flew an open bi-plane (tigermoth) for the first time yesterday. Tried getting back to skiing but limited success. Will learn a new technique and will be in the mountains again next year. If you want to rtide again, you can. Be positive ( not always easy) Freinds and family have been wonderful and has also shown who is periferral. Mind set has changed as to what matters You will be fine,
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    Rolling Sleeves

    pin liner works well for me. As Higgy has said trimming is important for max comfort. Have also experimented with different cuts in underware. For hairy men out there - I find getting rid of hair is also a help (no help needed on the head)
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    NEW FORUM !!

    thanks to all that keep this excellent facility going
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    well done. still waiting on a water activity knee. Good bit of coast, worth a detour to Dunstanborough Castle
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    Hello from Scotland

    Greetings, was in Aberdeen for a 50th last weekend, normal weather.... Love Scotland - hope to be in Skye in August
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    changing Heel Height

    the elation foot from Ossur s brilliant good feel and easy to use
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    Easy Jet or difficult Jet

    just got the same from easy jet in Nice- while another say have to pay!
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    My first overnight trip!

    I travel a lot and leave crutches at home when in a hotel I prepare the shower by putting the head on the floor and getting the temp right (if I need to stand to reach the controls) I take leg off in the bedroom and bottom shuffle to the shower and wash seated. I also try and get a room witha bath if available. A bathroom with a stool is useful. A urine bottle is worth taking with to save wandering around in the dark
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    Steve from Arizona

    greetings :D from blighty
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    Sliding sleeve problem

    I am above knee and have sleeve /pin system that works fine..... for me (Medipro). My other prosthesis has a suction which also works fine - no liner. this fit is totally different - good to alternate to avoid vary the pressure poings.... for me I am new too - having had a leg for just over a year. good luck
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    What you look like?

    with Mrs Levy.
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    What you look like?

    At the Monaco show last autumn.
  14. Caveman

    Can you hire converted cars?

    I am RAK. My cars in the UK have a left foot pedal. I have rented from HERTZ etc when on business in France and Italy with no problems using a standard automatic. It is not as comfortable as using an LH throttle, but really not a problem; depends how adaptable you are. I keep myself in practice by occasionally taking the conversion off on the UK kit. When booking the car have found the choice of cars much reduced, as some countries are not keen on autos - or you end up renting a Merc C-class when a VW polo would do!
  15. I was done by an orthopaedic surgeon,. Neat job, UK NHS, No significant pain now (very minor occasional phantom), cant complain. I did get massive myositis - which I still have ; there the surgeon was not so good ; major misdiagnosis ((suggesting) extremely rare and genetic condition) and I hit the bottle. Fortunately I have some good senior medics as friends and was calmed and happily resolved after a few months. Amputation is very rare; one of my school friends is a leading orthopaedic surgeon at a teaching hospital- he specialises in knees..... he has never performed an amputataion.
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    As promised elsewhere, report on my trip...... Just covered 3 nights and 180 gentle km in Holland on push bike, first day was on a tandem then solo. 1st bike ride post accident was 2 weeks ago for a proof of concept, then 1.5 local hours 1 week ago. Wonderful country and people. Went with 8 friends, kit was moved hotel to hotel by the travel company. No prosthetic or muscle issues- (used Mauch knee in "free mode") just a sore bottom!!! I used an SPD pedal to keep foot in place. standard crank length. Found leaning against a wall or a post the easiest way to set off.
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    targets for this season

    what is th benefitt of a shortened crank?
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    targets for this season

    I often think I'd like to do that, but the crank is too long and it makes my ar*e uncomfortable... and I havn't got the cash to start investing in stuff like the shortened crank (let alone the bike!) to try something I'm not sure I'd carry on with. What I really want is a trial on a bike like you can do in cars at these mobility shows. Maybe you should organise something for Beyond Boundaries? Just an idea... I finally got on my mountain bike at the weekend- first time since the chop. up 'till then just been in the gym. I found that canting the toe down and swinging the heel out was good. I used a toe-clip on the pedal but kept the outside open, security was good and foot stayed where I wanted it and was surprised at my smooth cadence. Coped with loose gravel, rough grass and hills (moderate up and down). HIGHLY CHUFFED. Holland on Thurday night , them I think its 30-50 miles a day for 4 days! ( will be on a tandem until confidence is completely back) I will report.
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    hey everyone

    welcome from another broken biker......
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    Failed knee replacements?

    thanks guys. Saw the consultant on Thurs and all above is confirmed.....wait until it really sucks. for me: 1.remove old metal from tibia 2. corrective osteotomy, 3. then do the knee 4. then be sedentary. in the meantime got on my mountain bike for the first time today and was pleased! best to all!!!!
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    Its a lovely poem Cat has quoted from by Laurence Binyon ; I attach the whole . For The Fallen With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children, England mourns for her dead across the sea. Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit, Fallen in the cause of the free. Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres, There is music in the midst of desolation And a glory that shines upon our tears. They went with songs to the battle, they were young, Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted; They fell with their faces to the foe. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. They mingle not with their laughing comrades again; They sit no more at familiar tables of home; They have no lot in our labour of the day-time; They sleep beyond England's foam. But where our desires are and our hopes profound, Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight, To the innermost heart of their own land they are known As the stars are known to the Night; As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust, Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain; As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness, To the end, to the end, they remain.
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    targets for this season

    This years goals: Regular solo cycling - have a tour of northern Holland in 2 weeks but will be going on a tandem to avoid possible slowing down of the rest of the group . Haven't been on the road yet - just been on static in gym Renew currency on the Chipmunk and other tail-draggers Get back to diving Survive the economic downturn in my work sector get planning permmisson and start building (not by me!) new house (ultra modern and disabled friendly) in garden. current house has 30 stairs to front door! keep positive loose 10kg weight 80kg which was what I was befor the accident - and that was a little too much foy my buils; now weigh the same but am missing a leg
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    How do I help this amputee?

    when I was let out of rehab last march with my 1st leg I was told NO CRUTCHES - bad habits , dependance and wont be able to walk proerly. started with the 2 cruciform based walking sticks and progressed to ordnary to none. I am surprised that the rehab centre has managed things so badly - esp a C-leg candidate. If he want to walk then it should be back to the bars at the clinic, bin the crutches and get some lessons.
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    Hello to All

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    Is an electronic knee worth it for me?

    Every one is different What works for me isn't right for someone else. oneblueleg has been an amputee for a lot longer than me. I have found his advice to be excellent in the past and would not disagree with him I am cycling round Holland in May - I have not decided which leg will serve me best. on the bike the mauch in free mode whilst walking around the Rheo... I think what I have is an excellent mix. Starting again would I spend the money ..YES. I missed out not being able to trial different private knees and feet. That was a bad move; so might have gone for a different mix. Another reason for the electronic is I believe that it places far less strain on the body as a whole. Given the poor state of my left leg I think it is a good reason to go advanced. If I wear out in 10 rather than 5 years than it is worth the investement. A bit of damage limitation! I had forgotten about this reason