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General Discussion / Rough skin and pain bka
« on: March 28, 2017, 05:57:35 AM »
Hi lads and ladies.
I haven't posted for a age but need some advice. On the inside of my knee I have a series of bumps with a callus 'peak' which have been causing some pain. They may be hair follicles (?) but no hair is present. I'm not sure if they are ingrown as they would be probably look different.
Any advice to get rid of them?

Hope all is well and thanks

I was sent this via I'd go for it but I am a below knee and the need a above knee. Suffice to say, the person applying should live in Ireland. Good luck!

Quote - Amputee Needed for TV show
Posted: 05/03/2014
Deadline: 05/03/2014

Role Information
Roles: Participants

Details of Role
We need an amputee for a role in a TV show!

Applicant must have leg amputation at thigh.

Date and Pay TBC

To apply please send the following details AND a photo of yourself to

1) Name
2) Date of Birth
3) Phone Number (and alternative number if possible)
4) Living Location
5) Availability

If you know anyone suitable please pass on the info! Thanks :)

How to apply



General Discussion / How is everyone braving the winter?
« on: January 14, 2014, 09:35:09 AM »
Things here in Ireland are wintery enough. We've had some brutal storms (Storm Christine) and combined with a very high tide, the coasts have taken a beating. Myself, I haven't had too much damage. At least nothing with the house, but I have lost four trees. Unfortunate but having timber to burn is handy as well.

The picture is from Lahinch, C. Clare. A few hours south of me and the photo was taken last week. The worse is over now though. The wind and rain now is of the typical variety.

Anyone have any news, any scandal?

General Discussion / Just when I think I have it hard...
« on: October 11, 2013, 08:00:34 AM »
Just when I think I have it hard...I realize I don't.

General Discussion / online liner suppliers
« on: September 12, 2013, 07:10:01 AM »
Anyone know of any online suppliers for liners? I check ebay but no real luck. I use the willow wood alpha liner and my current prosthetist raised the price from 550 to 750 euro. I contacted my old limbfitter and they gave a quote of 550 over the phone but when I was seen and they gave a written quote and they bumped it up to 650 and gave a quote for a different liner. I'm trying to get that quote sorted but they're brutal for answering emails. It usually takes a few weeks...  :(

General Discussion / Amputees working as film extras
« on: August 11, 2013, 08:08:08 AM »
I've mentioned this before but thought I might mention it again for any new members. TV and film casting agents sometime use amputees in television and film and it can be a great way to see the film making process and make some money as well. Depending on what part of the world you like you will usually find a website or company that you can join and they will notify you if anyone has a need to cast amputees. It may be for tv, film or even workplace instructional videos. The work itself can be very interesting yet at times it calls for a good bit of waiting around to be honest (so bring a book!) but I do find that if I am being used specifically as a amputee that they take care of me better than the average film extra (ie: make sure I have a place to sit, bring me crutches if needed...). Plus the amputees tend to be paid more as well!
The work itself may only be a day or two, but depending on the production they may need you for weeks. Seeking this sort of work as a full time job it may prove difficult as it can be sporadic.That said, if you are used, production companies will keep your name and use you again if something comes up. It may suit someone who is self employed (and can take the time off) or who has the time free to spend on set.

  • Its fun to watch the filming process
  • You may work with well known actors
  • It can pay decent
  • As there may not be a lot of amputees used, it usually means you will get good screen time
  • Sometimes the costumes are brilliant
  • Depending on your situation, you can always get film work as a non-amputee as well

  • They would tend to need more males than females
  • The work may not be steady
  • When hired and on set it can involve a lot of waiting around

I got to thinking about this after being called up to be on 'Ripper Street' the victorian crime drama set in London (but filmed in Ireland) and I thought others may be interested in the same sort of work.

I've been used three times now and although a long day it was good fun. One of the programmes has aired already, while the other two are still post-production and should air in the spring. Heres a little picture from two days ago. I had a scene as a two legged character, then they had me as the down and out amputee crutching it down the cobblestones in a few scenes as well.

General Discussion / Lump
« on: June 25, 2013, 05:57:26 AM »
Has anyone experienced a somewhat raised, red, very sore lump (bump) on the inside side of their knee before? Its slightly bigger than 1/4'' across. I've had one for a week or so and it's driving me crazy. When it first started, I thought I may have had the leg too tight so I took off one, then two cotton socks which did seem to help even though it made the leg a bit loose. When it didn't go I left the leg off for most of a day and that helped as well. I wore the leg all day yesterday and I felt back to normal until I was reading late last night. The bump and pain came back when I got up to move. This morning it was as bad as ever and I can't even wear the leg at all. :(
I've had the year a year or so and never a problem. I haven't been doing anything out of the ordinary so I don't know what I may have done to it.

Any advice?

General Discussion / Prosthetic Leg covers
« on: May 21, 2013, 08:01:56 AM »
Many of us use a cosmetic cover made of foam and a nylon or rubber cover over that that but some go 'bare pole'. Myself, I'm a bare pole man unless I feel the need to be more inconspicuous.

This fella has a company that creates a lower leg cover that is more artistic than anatomically correct. They have them for men and women and create them custom to to make them to fit the persons tastes.  I like them. They run from $4,000 - 6,000 so they aren't cheap. I just have to keep playing the lotto...

From their site:
Bespoke Fairings™ are specialized coverings that surround an existing prosthetic leg, accurately recreating the body form through a process that uses three-dimensional scanning to capture the unique leg shape. But Fairings not only return the lost contour, they invite an expression of personality and individuality that has never before been possible.

Fairings infuse the individual's lifestyle and taste into the design from the start. But to make this an even more personal part of the prosthetic leg, Fairings can be enhanced with patterns, graphics, and materials—including leather, ballistic nylon fabric, chrome plating, and even tattoos. By creating a unique custom form that presents the individual, Bespoke Innovations hopes to change the way the world thinks of prostheses.

General Discussion / Interesting article about early prosthetics
« on: April 24, 2013, 04:57:24 AM »
An interesting article I found. It also tells the story of how Hanger Prosthetics came to be. I'll put a few paragraphs here and a link...

War and Prosthetics: How Veterans Fought for the Perfect Artificial Limb

There’s something undeniably beautiful about prosthetic limbs, designed to echo the physical grace and mechanical engineering of the human body. For most people, these objects elicit some combination of squeamish discomfort and utmost respect. But far fewer of us connect those feelings to the untold generations of battle-scarred amputees whose sacrifices made prosthetics a public priority.

Iron hand designed for the German imperial knight Götz von Berlichingen (1480 – 23 July 1562)

“You hate to think that war is what drives technology, but it does,” says Kevin Carroll, the Vice President of Prosthetics for Hanger, a major artificial-limb producer founded just after the Civil War. Historically, the impulse to create functional replacement limbs has grown in parallel with the number of living amputees, whose ranks ballooned following periods of military conflict, especially the American Civil War and World War I. Such episodes of violence provided the impetus for doctors and scientists to study how the human body copes with physical damage, and how we might repair it...

more here:

General Discussion / Boston
« on: April 16, 2013, 06:09:16 AM »
I was watching the news about the tragedy at the Boston Marathon last night. The senseless killing, maiming and injuring broke my heart. From a day starting with hope and excitement to end with such destruction and death...  A sad day indeed.

With several killed, and injured and I understand many lost limbs. I wish anyone involved or affected by this the strength to rise above the heartbreak. I hope that those responsible are quickly found and prosecuted.

General Discussion / Has being amp held you back or pushed you forward?
« on: February 24, 2013, 10:28:56 PM »
We never know how our lives will turn out from one day to the next but how would your life be different if you weren't a amp? Has it held you back or the opposite, has it made you want to achieve more?

Myself, I think it may spur me on. I tend to feel the desire to do more than I may have done if I had never been injured. Possibly to prove myself able to myself (or others!) It's hard to say really.

Would you be doing the same things now, or would you have progressed further in your eyes if you never have lost a limb, or have you gone that extra mile since having your amputation solely because of your amputation and the the want... the need to achieve?

I know, it's a serious question. I guess I have been asking questions of myself and I was wondering of I was a alone in my thoughts.

General Discussion / Oscar Pistorius charged with murder
« on: February 14, 2013, 11:30:31 AM »
Shocking news. Oscar Pistorius, the South African man known as the blade runner as he wears two prosthetic legs, a Paralympic and Olympic athlete has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend. I read the news earlier that he surprised who he thought was a burglar but was in fact his girlfriend surprising him at his home in the early hours for Valentines Day. The police had a press conference and said that they never said that at all and he is being charged with her murder. 

Obviously a man is innocent until proved guilty and it is way too early to speculate but no matter how it goes a young woman is dead which is horribly tragic.

General Discussion / Repairing a hole in a liner...
« on: December 28, 2012, 09:34:24 AM »
Any thoughts of repairing a hole in a Alpha Gel liner? I have a pea sized hole in my liner (on the side of my knee area) and it causes my skin to fill the hole and can actually be a bit sore. When I take the liner off I have a pea sized bump on the side of my knee (from the hole in the liner)

Is there a way to fix this?
Maybe putting superglue in the hole and pushing it together, sealing the hole?
Or even placing a section of band-aid or bandage across the hole? (which I assume wouldn't last)
I even thought about filling the hole with tub sealant but I wasn't sure if the skin would like being in contact with it...

Suggestions? (besides just buying a new liner... ;) )

General Discussion / Back pain from using prosthetic legs
« on: November 20, 2012, 08:01:21 AM »
When I first had my amputation back in 2000, one of the things I heard was the possibility of future back pain. This being caused by the leg maybe not being exactly the right length or possibility that the leg not working the same as the real leg, the added shock being transferred up the spine etc etc

I'm sure as everyone is different with different backs, prosthetic legs, musculature and strength in their backs, and different strains/injuries their backs have been through that any back pain may be unique to the individual amputee. That said, do any of you have back pain that you think was caused by your prosthetic legs?

The reason I ask is I have some myself. The lingering spot is a bit higher than the bottom of my ribs (nearly the middle of my back), there is also a spot on the lower back just above the hips. I went to the GP and he had me go for xrays but they came back fine so I have to guess its muscles etc.
With some of the work I do, stone masonry (wall building using sometimes large heavy stones), ditch digging on my property etc, I tend to think I'm a prime candidate for back pain even with two good legs but I wondered if the prosthetics might have a hand in it.

If so, is there anything I can do for it?

General Discussion / Young amputee gets help during triathlon.
« on: October 11, 2012, 06:53:44 AM »
This 11 year old boy broke his prosthetic leg during the 2012 Sea Turtle Triathlon in Pensacola. Local marines who we also running the race saw this and carried him the rest of the way, ensuring that he too crossed the finish line.

More photos here...

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