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General Discussion / Re: What's up with the HM web site?
« on: May 02, 2008, 01:32:38 AM »
check your messages  "my messages" -- I sent you the email address  ;D

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General Discussion / Re: What's up with the HM web site?
« on: May 01, 2008, 09:07:39 PM »
you can't just register anymore you have to send an email to the admin to get registered. PM me and I can give you the emal address if you like

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In my opinion / Re: Pefect Stride II foot
« on: May 01, 2008, 07:42:34 PM »
 I have never seen a price for the PS2 but I've always heard that it was one of the most expensive feet on the market. My case is workmans comp so price is no object to me but my friend who I posted his review of the Perfect Stride, he is on medicare and they paid for his Perfect Stride II X3 no questions asked. This foot is pretty much a cross between the renegade and the collage park trustep, the PS2 has all the ankle movement of the TruStep which is something I must have where I live but it also has has the energy return and storage of the renegade so it makes it a great daily walker too.

 In the 20 plus prosthetist I have interviewed or talked too, I have yet to run across very many prosthetists who have used the Perfect Stride (my prosthetists office included, I made them special order it for me and my foot was the first Perfect Stride they had seen in person. Even in my prosthetit's office you can tell which prosthetists try to stay up to date on the new products and which ones are stuck with what they know and like, 1/2 of them were gathered around me checking out the foot as I was being fit and the other half could careless ) The few prosthetist that  have used the PS2 really really like it and say they are going to start using it on more patients.

 I do agree with PLJ though and I think the college park feet are some well built and designed feet. My 2nd leg that I'm designing now is going to be a College Park TruStep with a Brio so I can use the leg around the house like a slipper. I want to be able to just throw my leg on and loaf around the house barefoot or be able to throw on some crocs and go outside and do some yardwork. The TruStep should be a perfect foot for all my uneven terrain and since I'll only be using it for mowing or blowing off the walkways or pulling weeds I won't need the energy return of my Perfect Stride and since it's not going to be my daily walking foot I won't wear out the bumpers and stops as fast either.  :)

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In my opinion / Re: Pefect Stride II foot
« on: April 28, 2008, 01:46:39 PM »
here's the exact quote from my friend who just got the Perfect Stride II X3 ---   "Yayyyyyyyy, I got my PerfectStride II X3 foot today and so far I love it. I thought the energy return on my Veri-Flex foot by Ossur was good but the return on the new foot is awesome. I was able to go up and down a staircase much easier than before. Walking on uneven ground was a snap. I haven't tried inclines and declines yet but I don't expect any problems with that aspect. When I started walking on the new foot in my prosthetists office it felt a bit strange, but a good strange. For the first time since my RBKA I actually had ankle movement when I walk. What a novel idea, an ankle that moves when you do. My prosthetist had warned me when I first requested the PerfectStride II X3 that it was a heavier foot. It may be heavier but it isn't very noticeable and it is worth every ounce of weight. I LOVE THIS FOOT!!!! "

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In my opinion / Re: Pefect Stride II foot
« on: April 28, 2008, 02:01:28 AM »
 The Perfect Stride II X3 (the X3 is the 08 upgrade that has an added carbon fiber shank doubling the titanium shank, this carbon fiber shank has allowed them to remove the limiting cable from the rear of the foot) is just awesome, but I only got to use it for 2 weeks before I had a major infection set in my stump. I'm currently on IV antibiotics every 12 hours and it looks like I won't be back in my leg for another 2-3 weeks at the earliest. >:(

 The foot is slightly heavy but not enough for me to really notice it and it sure doesn't bother me at all. I can feel every little bit of the foot from a nice heal strike to a very smooth roll over to a springy toe off. When I was able to move at a normal to faster walk on my gate the foot worked even better and more smooth, it feels like it just wants to run and I have no doubt that once I get the socket fit correct and lose this infection that running with this foot will be easy.  Since I have nothing  but my real foot to compair it too I can't tell you that it's better than any other foot on the market but I have a friend who just got the PS2X3 and he was using an Ossur Veri-Flex and he said it's 1000 times better than the veri-flex and the motion of the ankle in the PS2X3 is so close to the real thing that his gate is perfect on all types of terrain now.

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General Discussion / Re: pimping my leg
« on: March 05, 2008, 03:16:30 PM »
Yes -- Freds carries covers for both AK and BK

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In my opinion / Re: Pefect Stride II foot
« on: March 05, 2008, 02:10:30 PM »
Thank for the reply OBL -- ;D

 This question was a very simple question and it is relevant to this discussion in a couple ways.

First it show us if your the type of personality that can read a simple question and answer it the way it was asked, or are you just confrontational to all questions.  ;)

You should not be able to answer this question based on your reply to your prosthetic answer. Why?, - Because everyone on the planet truly have different feet. Feet are the first and foremost thing that allow us to walk and the design of our feet are what allow us to stand erect and walk without knee,hip and back problems. We all should have custom designed shoes (and many people do), but have you ever been told in your life that you or your friends are not qualified to recommend shoes to another human?, Based on how important your feet are to your over all health and mobility that you should only see a podiatrist because he's knowledge as a professional foot doctor is the only thing you should listen too when you need to pick shoes. The reason you have never been told you are not qualified to pick and buy your own shoes is because the shoe industry can make a shoe close enough to your needs that most people won't have any issues from the shoe being slightly "off". Also the shoe industry likes to make money and since their market is the 6.8 billion people on this planet they really don't want you to know that 80% of your daily comfort is a result of your feet being comfortable and in the right position. Imagine how far shoe sales would drop if you had to see a podiatrist or orthopedist before you could buy your shoes. :o


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In my opinion / Re: Pefect Stride II foot
« on: March 04, 2008, 01:13:26 PM »
OK I'll buy this answer, and I don't disagree with what you are saying, I have never once said that my prosthetist isn't skilled or qualified to build a leg. ;D

 Quick question for you OBL (I ask this in all honesty so please answer honestly)  -- Q- If myself or one of your good close friends asks you "what type of shoes have you used and what do you like or dislike about them?" what would you answer?

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In my opinion / Re: Prosthetic Feet
« on: March 03, 2008, 02:39:12 PM »
 Thank you Jack for your good input. I've always really like the College Park designs and they were top on my list till I found the Perfect Stride II, but the TruStep and the Venture are still on my list of feet I'd like to try.

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In my opinion / Re: Pefect Stride II foot
« on: March 03, 2008, 02:37:01 PM »
There is one major flaw in your reasoning OBL -- if what your saying is true  then your prosthetist isn't qualified to fit you either. becasue he is fitting you based on the opinions of other amputees that he has fit that are similar to you. So are you saying that myself and other amputees are not able to learn and apply the same things as my prosthetist? ;)

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In my opinion / Prosthetic Feet
« on: March 02, 2008, 04:43:36 PM »
 I may have made things too confusing before so lets try it this way


 Q -- What Prosthetic foot/feet have you tried and what do you like and or dislike about them?


Please just answer the question as it is written and if everyone on this web site answers this question as it is written we will have the first full prosthetic foot review anywhere on the web. By posting the products you have used you might just bring to light some new options for many other people that have never heard of the product you are using and you could be the reason for making many other people more comfortable in their everyday life as an amputee ;D

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In my opinion / Re: Pefect Stride II foot
« on: March 02, 2008, 02:54:24 PM »
 Unlike most amputees My amputation was elective and I was lucky enough to have 2 years of free time to nothing but research every aspect of a BKA. This is why I am a member of many of the active amputee forums. I took this free time as a blessing and knew that I needed to take advantage of the fact that I still had 2 feet and could literally walk into many different prosthetist offices and do endless interviews until I found one that I really liked (and could put up with me). After talking to 100's if not 1000's of amputees I decided that the Ertl procedure was the best possible procedure for myself so the next step was to find a surgeon. So after a couple weeks and many phone calls I got ahold of Jan Ertl and he said at current time he was not working for any specific hospital but if I was willing to wait for him to find a place to do the surgery he would do my Ertl amputation. Knowing I had the best of the best for this specific amputation oh heck yes I was willing to wait. Now knowing that I was going to get the absolute strongest (foundation) type of amputation. And feeling very very confident and comfortable with the skills of the prosthetist that I had picked (socket system taken care of) it was time to move on to feet. And this is how I ended up here at this point asking "what feet have you tried and what do you like or dislike about them".  so yes i do know the importance of how strong your stump needs to be and yes yes again I also know that if your socket doesn't fit your going to be on your butt and not out running around on you spiffy new leg. But why why why don't most amputees actually answer the above question at face value?  This is the 4th forum I have asked this question on again everyone feels the need to try and tell me what is best for me while completely avoiding the question at hand. And this is why I seem to be short, loud and rude when in all honesty I would just like the question I asked answered and at the same time passing on a collective knowledge of all of you to anyone else that might happen to be in the market for a new foot.  ;D

 No I'm not angry or upset at anyone ;) just confused at why a simple question goes unanswered time and time again ???  I've picked out (for now unless people actually answer this question and change my mind) 4 or 5 different feet that I'm going to try first. I was just hoping to gain a few more ideas by asking this question again and in the process I thought "just maybe" the people here would answer the question and in the process start a very cool collective knowledge thread about feet. If everyone here just posted what foot/feet they have used and what they like or dislike about them you could have the most accurate and definitive review of prosthetic feet on the planet (no joke)  :)

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In my opinion / Re: Pefect Stride II foot
« on: March 01, 2008, 07:03:30 PM »
HEHE nothing personal taken -- I completely understand since I know someone using and I too will have a chance to use a brand new prototype vacuum socket system that is being tested right now.

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In my opinion / Re: Pefect Stride II foot
« on: March 01, 2008, 05:56:52 PM »
YES -- Marilyn  all feet come with either a 30 or 60 day trial period, this means your prosthetist can return the foot at anytime for any reason within that time period and it won't cost him a dime.  The only cost would be from your prosthetist if he/she charges you for the time and effort it takes to change over from one foot to another.

 and YES OBL -- the information you provided has helped alot.  would help even more if you by chance knew the name or maker of your new trial foot. I do know that Bioquest (makers of the perfect stride II) have a new prototype foot they are trying on test patients.  pist to jog your memory -- the post "treatment in US airports" ;D

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In my opinion / Re: Pefect Stride II foot
« on: March 01, 2008, 04:47:06 PM »
Easy OBL -- I know your still running a little hot from the flying post on that other forum.

 I'm sorry if I come off a little too strong and I know that I rub some people the wrong way and I'm fine with that. But the more we share about what we are using and what we like and dislike about these products the better informed all of us can be when the time comes to pick your new leg parts.  Your only proving my point that when I ask the simple question of "what do you use and your likes and dislikes" that most amputees tend to avoid this question and usually spout off with some politically correct answer that doesn't say anything about what you like or dislike. I find this strange but it is the truth. I know none of us will ever be exactly the same in our situation but I can tell you Otto Bock isn't make a foot JUST FOR YOU it's a generic fit everyone foot and someone in my similar situation really likes a particular foot then I will make sure that I try that foot when the time comes, BUT unless someone steps up to the plate and actually answers my question and tells me the name of a particular foot then how am I to ever know what options are out there? ;)

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