Here is the socket with the Otto Bock Derma ProFlex sleeve rolled down over the socket and the gaiter (light color) above. I'll explain more about these later. Also shown is the actual prosthetic foot, a Freedom Innovations Renegade LP (low profile). This is a high activity foot and you can see the similarity to running blades in the shape. To the right is the creepy foot shell. Why anyone thinks this is pleasing is beyond me. It is c-r-e-e-p-y. The carbon fiber foot is a work of industrial art, why hide it in the C-R-E-E-P-Y foot shell? Okay, enough of that. In the background is an optional cat, known as Cutie. I had the foot taken apart for cleaning after surfing through a deep puddle at the Charlie Post 5k.
Here is a close-up of the carbon fiber (CF) foot. My guess is this will remain my everyday foot for the next couple of years. It is obvious a prosthetic foot needs a foot shell to properly fit in a shoe, but I would rather see a transparent, non-anatomical model that did not hide the CF foot. In an ideal design in Richard Wayne's World, the prosthetic foot would stand alone, no foot shell and no shoe required. Form follows function. Architects learned this about one hundred years ago. Just sayin'. This is the case with the running blade and it rocks.
This pic shows the gaiter rolled up over the socket. The purpose of the gaiter seems to be two-fold to me. First it serves to seal the socket so you get good suction on the residual limb. Secondly it softens the hard trim line (edge) at the top of the socket. The socket edge trim line has cut every sleeve I have in a couple of weeks; this Otto Bock sleeve has no such problem. It is made from better quality materials than the simple neoprene sleeves I have been using.
You can also see why I have railed about sweating in the prosthesis in the past. In a warm distance race taking the leg off has a decidedly adverse effect on finishing time. A NASCAR type pit stop will likely lose me at least a minute's time, maybe longer. In the meantime my able-bodied pals will be passing me on their way to the hardware store for the top deals.
Every active amputee and some who are just naturally heavy sweaters could benefit from this problem being solved by the prosthetic industry. I am hoping it will be resolved in the next few years as I could sure use some help in our subtropical heat. If any prosthetic companies need a guinea pig to test new technology for this problem, by all means contact me.
Next leg review will likely be about my running blade, so stay tuned for details. We're also talking about a simple biking leg too, but first thing first.