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  1. hi all! Does anyone have any experience with the Triton foot from Otto Bock?! I'm doing a lot of Nordic walking lately and the foot I have now, although good in more day to day activities, doesn't give me sufficient energy back needed for Nordic walking or hiking; I'm getting terrible muscle cramps in my 'healthy' leg. I'm hoping this new foot might be the right one for me. Any feedback appreciated!
  2. Harperjm and kitkat, Thanks to both of you for your feedback! As soon as I wear it(whole process is just taking forever...) I will post my experiences with it on here.
  3. Kaz

    I Am Still Alive!!

    I hope your foot heals quickly. Good luck!
  4. Hi all, It's been a long time since i've logged on here, but life and everything else takes over....:-/ I have a question for anyone who has travelled to China. Flown often to many countries already, but not yet to China....I'm a bit wary of the airport experience ( the security check, as all us wearing artificial bits n pieces dread, eeek) as we will be flying on internal flights too. Getting by in English is very difficult, and i'm wondering if a medical certificate certifying that i wear artificial limb is sufficiant?! None of my doctors speak Chinese. Do i need to inform the Chinese consulate when i apply for the visa? I just hope there will be no taking my leg apart at the airport as i doubt that the 'human' factor is high on the agenda there, ahem.... Anyway, i would be very grateful for anyone who has any hints and tips for travelling to China :-) Thanks
  5. Thanks for your comments guys! :-) (and Ofri, for links). I'll give it a try. Hopefully it's what I'm looking for.
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    Flying to China

    Thanks for all your replies :-) I Just got back a few weeks ago from a very interesting trip. Passing security went smoothly except for one occasion at Xian, where the check was quite rigorous (even with med certificate) Otherwise there was really no problem at all. (Beijing, Xian, Zhangjiajie, Hong Kong airports) Hey JV, you made it to see Cat and Mel, woweee! you guys must have had a great time :-)
  7. Kaz

    Persistent rash

    Hi all, I used to come on here a while back but havn't signed in for a while as so busy with work, etc. I now have a problem and i'm hoping someone can help me. I wear a below knee prosthesis and i've hardly ever had skin problems in the 30 years i have been wearing one. Now, all of a sudden, i am getting a rash that started on the inside of the stump a few months ago. I went to a skin doc who prescribed Ecural for dermetitis which he wasn't sure it was. I had an allergy test at the same time (no allergies) The cream worked but this rash is back and now all over stump and on/behind knee. I wear the patella bearing socket type pros with a Dermaseal (gel) sock. Thanks for reading :-)
  8. Kaz

    Happy Birthday

    Happy Birthday
  9. Kaz

    Persistent rash

    Hmm, this had made me think the underlying cause for this rash outbreak actually IS a fungal infection. I am doing extensive research on the internet at the moment and discovering very interesting and useful info (including your link. Thank you! Very intersting also for future reference). Freddy, thank you also for your sugery suggestion. I will keep it in mind. Apparently there are many, many forms of fungal infections that have different appearances. Unfortunatly, I have learnt from past experience that doctors have overseen symptoms (ahem! ) and haven't diagnosed correctly...shocking, but true . I just bought some anti-fungal cream from the pharmacy and tea tree oil and mix it in with a base cream...and see what happens. Hi Ann, you should also consider that the underlying cause of that red patch is fungal-related. Hmm, i think docs just see the result (a rash or red patch, etc) and do not consider where or from what it could stem from. We also need to consider that they probably do not treat many amputees so they hardly see or understand the problem! Sheeesh! anyway, we soldier on... Try googling ''fungal infections'' and ''candida skin infections'' and maybe you find your symptoms and come up with a soluion. Good luck! I hope your new pros solves the problem.
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    oi cobber! where did you see me?

  11. Kaz

    Persistent rash

    Hi All, over a month on and no improvement after changing to a milder detergent, buying almost all skin conditioning lotions/creams available on the market, etc etc etc.. It's actually getting worse Been to 3 dermatologists who all say it's not an allergy and not a fungal infection. They just give me cortison and antibactzerial soap but this is not the long term solution...not even the short term one. If i keep pros off it starts to heal. As soon as i put it back on for a day...boom. I started to wear Otto Bock Dermaseal gel socks about 10 years ago, after not being able to wear cotton socks as the skin was so sensitive. Now i'm advised to go back to cotton socks by my prosthesist...aargghhhh What now? Anyone have an idea....as i'm totally lost
  12. Kaz

    Persistent rash

    Ahh, also a good tip. Ta!
  13. Kaz

    Persistent rash

    @ Allen - Thanks for your tips re. Simple soap and Filetti detergent. I'll give them a try. @ Ann - I put them in the machine quite often to give them a good clean but i will start using another more sensitive detergent, like Allen suggested. After a days use i clean them in the sink but i also think the soap that i use is too harsh. Hmm, yes, i think the solution is using other detergents, etc to clean the socks and socket. Thanks everyone who replied
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    Persistent rash

    Hey JV How are you?? I hope all is well. Thanks for your suggestions. I am now thinking it could actually be the detergent i'm using. Although, i've never had probs before just putting my gel socks in the washing machine. But maybe these companies start adding new ingredients which could be causing this irritation suddenly. Process of elimination time. Thanks again. Btw, i like the new look of the forum!
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    Persistent rash

    Thanks Neal Doc said it def not a yeast infection. The derma seal gel socks are supposed to keep the skin in good condition ( i cant wear cotton socks as my skin chaffed constantly when i wore them in the early days). I'm not on medication and keep the socket clean. So, i'm befuddled as what it is and how to solve it I need to work 9-5 Mon.Fri and have it on then so this isn't helping much either that i cant air it off. This is a real bummer
  16. Kaz

    swelling on knee

    Hello all, Yes, it's been a long time but i need some help if anyone has had experience with this: I've had a pimpel like spot on my knee (just under the top rim of the pros where it clamps around the knee - suction, old style) for the 4 months and never really thought much of it, just that it caused a little discomfort- nothing more. Suddenly, yesterday at work, it started to hurt like h*** and i couldn't take the damn thing off (sorry, but i'm so annoyed) so i get home, take it off and a small egg-like lump has formed and is still here... and even bigger I can just about get the pros on but the pain is killing so keep it off and get around the flat on crutches. Thank god its the weekend and not had one of these 18 years ago and it had to be removed surgically. I'm not familiar with the terminology - what's one of these bothersome little devils called again? As i've caught it in the early stages is there anything i can do? I think it's caused by pressure spots and incorrect pros fitting...i know, but that it popped to this size up so suddenly is strange. And any pros refitting would be nonsense right now as the sweliing first has to reside or it has to be fitted again and i just don't have the energy or the time for it. Anyone know any remedies/meds? I must be at work on Monday so it must be solved by then. These are times when i really am dis-abled !!!
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    swelling on knee

    Ta, Ann! Thank you! And you have a great trip to London, JV! If you have a chance: there's a nice irish pub just off of Leicester square, Waxy O'Conners
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    swelling on knee

    I did some research on this Prid and and other salves used for drawing out infection. The main ingredient being ichtynol (oil shale rock with a high content of sulpher) Never heard of it before and very, very interesting for future skin problems - just not for this one i have now, according to doctor. He said it's very effective but very aggressive at the same time and it would aggrivate the skin emmensely, ofcourse drawing out the infection but i'd have to deal with open wound/skin (ok, if you are prepared to not wear prosthesis at all for a week..err, no i can't). So right now i have an antiobiotic cream (Fucidine) which is doing a 'mellower' but also quite effective job of it - the lump is getting smaller and i'm able to wear the pros. Ofcourse i need to take it off regularly but don't have to be without it completey. So, it looks as if i can go on my hols next week afterall, yay
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    swelling on knee

    A BIG thanks to all who have responded here, I actually am at work now with the help of my crutches (have loosned the area around where the lump is as much as possible). Some interesting loose air noises coming out of the socket though - the Germans are celebrating their carnival season a the moment so hopefully i remain inconspicuous; funny noises and all, lol. I'm wondering if i can get this PRID cream in Germany. Will keep searching... Thanks again
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    swelling on knee

    Dan, thanks for the great idea with the doughnut shaped corn pad to take the pressure off that spot for the interim. I will get some tomorrow and try it out. Thanks the 3 of you for the help. I don't ask fur help often but it's very nice to know i can come here and get it.
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    swelling on knee

    Hi Ann, hope you are well! - I remember you mentioning you wear the old style socket too. I know what you mean with having the U taken out over the knee capsule area (front) - it's much more comfortable without it. This lump (whatever it is) is on the outside of the knee just above the knee bone, where the pros grips on over the knee. So a very inconvenient place to be :-( Lots of rubbing as it's the old suction socket style (no pins and bits n pieces) so every lift and stepping down hurts. But otherwise i am a true fan of this socket type - for me it works perfectly, just a gel sock-soft socket-pop it into shaft et voila. Just this little hiccup now :-( Anyway, i am going to doctor tomorrow. But for now it's hanging out in bed Thanks for the tips
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    swelling on knee

    Hi Sue, trust you to give good info thanks for your ideas of what it could be. Stress? Yes, quite a lot of negative stress the last 2 years- ... This is my first prob with the stump after 4 years though! Some minor irritations but nothing that got me completely off my feet i'll poke it with a disinfected pin and plop some cream on to speed up the healing process. I also want to go to Egypt next week......!!
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    swelling on knee

    ooops, just reread all that too late- typing too fast again Edit: Thank god its the weekend and not a working day. I had one of these 18 years ago and it had to be removed surgically ...bad prose as two totally irrelevant sentences but i hope i'm understood anyway :-)
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    Happy Birthday

    Hi dear Sheila, HAPPY BIRTHDAY....i think i'm a little late But anyway i hope you had a lovely day with hubby and your birdies Long time, no speak-i saw this thread and just had to reply. Hope you are well,
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