What's in a new socket?
Wait, you say, you got a new leg?
Nope, not quite...
A prosthetic leg is built from dozens of individual components.
"Like Tinker Toys," I say.
(And just like that, you know how old I am!)
The socket is the part of the prosthesis that fits over my residual limb -- a.k.a. my "little leg."
For many amputees (like me), socket fit is an ongoing struggle.
Get the idea?
Our bodies are mostly fluid. We change constantly.
You can have the fanciest equipment -- the most high-tech knee, ankle, or foot -- but if the socket doesn't fit, you can't walk comfortably. It's that simple.
This time around -- like always -- we started from scratch.
Prosthetist Tim casted my leg to capture the shape.
|We're good at it by now!|
Next came the test-socket.
And as many as we needed -- until it was fine-tuned to fit my leg.
Now, at Mile 9,559, here's final product:
It has moveable panels, a boa cord, a carbon-fiber outer layer, and a flexible inner layer made of SiOCX. It's a work of art and engineering!
|I chose the color!|
|First-aid, not included :)|
Although this socket is "final," it's not quite finished.
Tim checks my length and alignment.
|Meet the "hip leveler."|
A new socket seems like a small change, but there's a lot riding on this one.
These are the first steps of many.
There's a "break-in" period ahead. Some tough mornings. A few bumpy miles, I know.
But after that, fingers crossed for active days...
Travel and adventure.
So... what's in a new socket?
Potential. Hope. Comfort.
A clean slate and new goals.
|Or renewed goals. LOL :)|
And because it's 2021 --
|A new mask to match!|