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.
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.”
Chad who has a short, above knee amputation, was amazed by the energy of the TaiLor Made foot going up a ramp, and the stability it gave him while descending. “I wasn’t able to do this at all,” Chad remarked. “At one point I thought the knee was stuck because I wasn’t been thrown forward, but it actually was performing like a real foot.”
Dana was unable to walk without crutches or for long periods of time in her previous socket/foot system. She can now walk with comfort and stability since she was fit with a better-fitting prosthesis and the TaiLor Made prosthetic foot. “I can feel the foot flex and then plant itself on the ground,” explains Dana. “I know where it is and what it is doing, and don’t have that feeling of being pushed forward. It works like a real foot!”