onelegdrider at comcast.net
Wed Nov 12 20:54:59 PST 2003
Jim, most people start out walking slowly and gain speed once they feel more comforable with things. The faster you to, the more likely you are to go down from a sudden move, so dont be in a rush to go too fast. Also, what kind of foot do you have now? With your socket, do you have suction or do you wear a liner? You should not need a foam pad or anything where the socket meets the skin if it fits properly, the weight should not be all on one spot. Talk to your CP about where the pressure in your socket is when you walk and see what he can do to fix it, but you shouldnt need a pad so you can put weight on it.
Be Strong, and Persevere
----- Original Message -----
From: James Street
To: Amputee Information Network
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2003 11:31 PM
Subject: walking speed
I've started to learn how to use my bok 3b60 knee (had it for about a month now) but as I told everyone, I've fallen at least four times and gone down in the prayer postion at least twice without wanting to. But now that I'm sort of walking, I notice that my speed is very slow. What should I ask the prosthetist for? I'm seeing him on Friday. Can I get a foot that gives some spring to my step? Also, can I get a foam pad up where the socket meets the skin, so to speak, so that I can withstand more pressure from a boucier walk? Or am I dreaming?
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