college park trustep/Jacob
bg1os at earthlink.net
Wed Mar 3 22:20:15 PST 2004
>So you think that the CP would give someone a socket knowing that down the line he is going to have to
>change out a few times? I need more information on types of sockets ect. or where to look for the info.
I had 3 sockets my first year. I had a lot of shrinkage, and my current socket can fit inside my first one with room to spare. I'm on my seventh now. You'll more than likely need new ones, and it's not necessarily because the CP wants to make a buck or he/she didn't make the old one good enough, but because your body changes, materials fatigue, technology changes, etc.
Since you're wearing a TruStep, I presume you have a CP. Do you have a problem with your current CP? If you like and trust him/her, then ask them the questions you're asking here. If you're not happy with him/her, then call another CP and ask for a consultation and see if you like or trust him/her more. I really believe you're over-thinking this socket situation, and maybe a good long talk with a practitioner who can evaluate your equipment and your goals can help you determine the basis of and solution for your frustration with the process.
----- Original Message -----
From: JACOB CALLAWAY
To: Amputee Information Network
Sent: Wednesday, March 03, 2004 3:09 PM
Subject: Re: college park trustep/long reply
Betsy & Dave'
I understand that everyone's situation is unique,and that your life style is different, but to see someone run from boulder to boulder and making jumps downward twice the mans height landing in a bone jarring position that clearly took a lot of shock , shook me. It was not only the foot but the socket had to be different from mine to take that kind of shock. It looked different than mine. The foot was exactly the same and walking in our pasture in mud and all other kinds of slippery and uneven ground, climbing on tractors I am starting to handle. Running, no not yet! I just want to walk long distance,say a mile. with out crutches and yes I could loose about 20lbs. It comes off a lot slower than it goes on, laying in a hospital for 6 mos. Was not the best thing ever happened to me, I lost a lot of muscle mass too. Getting back in shape is a given, even going one day laying around with out wearing my leg causes me pain when I put in on again, Found that out the hard way!
So you think that the CP would give someone a socket knowing that down the line he is going to have to change out a few times? I need more information on types of sockets ect. or where to look for the info.
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