Ryanne, a congenital bilateral AK amputee, has been wearing TaiLor Made prosthetic feet for about two years. She says they have been a real gamechanger for her. “I am able to walk and stop more smoothly,” Ryanne explains, “especially outside on different terrians.”
Kris was born with PFFD, a congenital limb deficiency. An attempt to fit him with a prosthesis at an early age was unsuccessful; his family was told he was a difficult fit, and they never sought a second opinion. He grew up playing sports like wheelchair basketball and participating in other activities which kept him fit. He finished school and moved from Houston to Tampa, where he is currently working two jobs. Steve Chamberland of 50 Legs.org was introduced to Kris and immediately saw his potential. “I can’t believe you’ve never walked! That’s crazy!,” Steve exclaimed. So 50legs made arrangements to bring Kris, who is now 25 years old, to Orlando to get him walking for the first time – ever! After just 3 days he took his first tentative steps (on his TaiLor Made foot!) in the bars and then just took off! Walking unassisted, making a good attempt at the rock wall, walking down stairs foot over foot and blowing us all away! We are so excited for this awesome young man and the new world that has opened up for him.
Brett got in a good workout while testing a his socket. The TaiLor Made Prosthetics foot allows him to push into the ground with the same force and receive same (or better) kickback as he gets on his other foot. Brett has recenty moved to Colorado from his life-long home in California in order to train for the paralympics. He has a great testimony; check it out in his recent book, “Standing My Own Ground – Getting Up When it Seems Impossible,” available on Amazon.
Denise loved the comfort and energy of the TaiLor Made foot from the moment she first walked on it. “It feels like I have an ankle!” she exclaimed. Denise’s daughter, Nicole, noticed right away that she had more spring in her step. “Hey, mom,” she said, “let’s run!” It was fun watching this mother/daughter moment as Nicole *coaxed* her mom into attempting to jog for the first time since losing her leg.
Dana, who was an avid runner before her hip-disarticulate amputation, recently completed her first 5K on a prosthetic leg. She’s determined to get back as much mobility as possible, and says her TaiLor Made foot has made a huge improvement in her confidence, stability and energy while walking.
Maria lost one leg above the knee and suffered damage to the other in 2003 as a result of the El Nogal Club bombing terrorist attack that occurred in Bogotá, Colombia. At the time she was 12 years old. Maria’s parents were both killed in the blast. She made a full recovery and now, at age 27, with a cosmetic cover on her prosthesis (C-leg) her gait is so good it is impossible to tell she is an amputee. For workout activities, Maria would use a Total Knee, but switch back to her C-Leg for everything else. That was until we put the TaiLor Made foot on it! After walking, running, descending stairs and ramps and walking on uneven terrain, Maria exclaimed, “This is incredible! I don’t normally like this leg (knee) for walking, but now it’s very smooth!”
Jack is another TaiLor Made foot success story! The foot has helped smooth out his gait, and he feels more comfortable when he runs than he did with his previous foot, which he described as feeling “clunky.”