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Posted 08 August 2007 - 12:10 AM

Thanks! I am going to get them for my birthday and if they don't work then we will send them back.

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 06:57 AM

QUOTE (Shelby @ Aug 7 2007, 09:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yes keep us posted Cat! Sounds like something I may be able to use.

And I think I found some boots I could wear! They tie up the back so I could get them on and the heal is small and I could use a wedge to make up for the difference:
http://store.delias....mp;brandFilter=


These look good Shelby. For any girls interested here in the UK, take a look at "Simply Be", had a new catalogue sent me this week (but they're online as well), they have some similar boots with low heels, also some with a larger calve (sorry spelling) width, which I think would be useful for me.

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 12:14 PM

Many of flat shoes are more stylish today, and more poplular than ever that is good. They are not so orthopedic looking anymore and some are quite cute. :)

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 02:08 PM

They are! I have a few pairs of the Steve Madden bunny wedges. They are cute and work too! Macys and any other department store should sell them.
http://www.thisnext....oe_E7020F2B.jpg
I have the leapord (they have a bow, slightly different from the one pictured), the brown, and some shiny red ones.

I also got pink ones from Payless for $20

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 05:17 PM

Also just type in Flate Shoe styles and you will get all kinds of cute sites for us amputees who wear flats!

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 11:50 PM

I am with you all on the shoe deal. Sometimes it's the small things that bother us the most. I used to LOVE shoes and would have a great time matching outfits to shoes. Not really anymore. I do have an adjustable foot so that I can wear some small heels but they seem to be small spiky heels that aren't good for stability or short heels that look like something my grandma would wear!

My question is why can Heather Mills wear such high heels? I cannot find a company that even makes a foot that can work with heels over 11/2 inch heels. I know she has tons of money but aren't these things available to other people?

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 11:59 PM

I think Heather has more of a stump than most. This is what my prosthetic told me when I asked him that very question. I have 6" below the kneee. He told me that Heather has a lot more remaining leg than me.

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Posted 10 August 2007 - 06:01 PM

I have her book, A Single Step, and there are pictures in it. Her residual limb at that time did not appear to be more than 6 inches. She had a revision last year (an Ertl?) but I don't know if she lost any length with that.

I'm with you, Carol. I have a heel height adjustable foot but I still can't wear heels well, even small ones. She wears them like it's her natural leg/foot.

I don't care what anybody says -- I miss SHOES :(

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Posted 11 August 2007 - 12:45 AM

I do too! I saw some amazing shoes at the Beyonce concert last night and I was sooo jealous :(

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 10:22 AM

more man stuff!
I did a lot before my accident.
I like shoes too.
I prefer boots. (max heel probably 3.5cm)
95% of time I now wear deck shoes.
Have an allen key and make my own adjustments to the fixed foot.
A flat heel is is need ed to walk bear foot round the house.
just starting to move away from the decks at home and learn "the walk" with smartere footwear.
When I get final NHS prescription hope to get an elation foot (not for Jimmy Choos!)
Will look at buying for self a specailist skiing job ( http://www.freedom-i...verview21.html)

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 11:38 AM

Brio30

Just a thought... it's not for really high heels, but it's pretty good for most applications and can be fitted to any foot with a pyramid interface.

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Posted 18 April 2008 - 05:29 PM

Just so you all know, RSL Steeper have just started (on Monday) selling a brand new heel height adjustable foot, set to rival the Elation. It has (marketed) 2 inch heel height adjustablility, however when I was looking, we managed to get 2 1/2 inches of heel height.

The advantage of this over the elation is that the cosmetic ankle cover is glued onto the foot, meaning that the cosmesis is a lot better than the elation. The cosmesis is also retained throughout range of ankle motion. The ease of adjusting the ankle is also superior to the elation. Looks like one of the best heel height adjustable feet on the market currently anyway.

Sorry long stumpers though, same build height as the Elation.
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Posted 18 April 2008 - 11:21 PM

Does it have a name Ali? :)





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Posted 19 April 2008 - 08:06 AM

I knew someone would catch me out on that. Yes it does but you aren't going to find it out till I go back to work on Monday :P
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Posted 19 April 2008 - 11:59 AM

QUOTE (ali.hall @ Apr 19 2008, 06:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I knew someone would catch me out on that. Yes it does but you aren't going to find it out till I go back to work on Monday :P



Teaser :lol:





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Posted 19 April 2008 - 12:47 PM

I don't really understand why nowadays there is such a problem with being able to wear heels.

Thirty odd years ago I was wearing two to two and half inch heels, on really old type basic feet, with metal limbs. I am bilateral, and the feet were fixed to accommodate that particular height, so I more or less wore the same shoe day in day out.

Nowadays, my heels have to be a lot lower, maybe its to accommodate the various components.

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Posted 19 April 2008 - 01:38 PM

If RSL Steeper and College Park are part of same company, then the foot is called the "Accent". It was just released on April 14th. It looks good, but I'm wondering if it has as much energy as the Runway??? May have to try one for comparison's sake.


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Posted 19 April 2008 - 02:04 PM

Yes that's the one. RSL Steeper sell for College Park in the YooKay.
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Posted 19 April 2008 - 08:05 PM

Thanks Karen :D
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Posted 24 April 2008 - 11:22 PM

I have a AKA and have a foot that accomadates high heels but it is not very successful does anyone have any ideas which foot is best for AKA please? I desperate to start wearing heels again although I have lots of flat sparkly shoes sometimes they are just not appropriate when I'm going to more dressy functions.

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 09:04 AM

i have never worn a pair of heels before and i loveeee shoes so lucky there are so many cute flats around these days or i don't know what i'd do
a foot with an adjustable heel is just a bit too expensive for me at the moment but one dayyy. and i will probably fall flat on my face haha

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 03:30 PM

QUOTE (Jenni @ Apr 25 2008, 12:22 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have a AKA and have a foot that accomadates high heels but it is not very successful does anyone have any ideas which foot is best for AKA please? I desperate to start wearing heels again although I have lots of flat sparkly shoes sometimes they are just not appropriate when I'm going to more dressy functions.


The problem with a heel height adjustable foot on an AK is (if you have a free knee) then when you bump the heel height up, you change the alignment at the knee, and so make it more difficult to walk. Once you change the heel height with a free knee, then you will change everything. What you would ideally need is a leg set at the heel height you want and a leg set at normal heel height, although I don't think your prosthetist would like this suggestion :D
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Posted 25 June 2008 - 11:46 PM

Theres still not many options for Symes amputees. Its hard to run because the leg is so heavy, I can't wear heels, and theres just not many choices out there.
Although I did find these adorable strappy, cork wedge sandals from nine west for $20!

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Posted 04 July 2008 - 05:53 AM

QUOTE (Shelby @ Jun 25 2008, 04:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Theres still not many options for Symes amputees. Its hard to run because the leg is so heavy, I can't wear heels, and theres just not many choices out there.
Although I did find these adorable strappy, cork wedge sandals from nine west for $20!



Hi Shelby,
I am also a Symes amputee, however my left leg was shorter than my right due to a birth defect so that maybe why I am able to use the Ossur Elation foot with an adjustable heel. I have pushed it to the limit and can almost get it to 3 inches, but it does very well at the 2 - 2 1/2 inch range. Another possibility might be to have another leg with a foot at a fixed heel height. I had one in my 20's that was set at 3 inches, and I wore plenty of stiletto heels, and danced my rear off at the night clubs while wearing those heels!!!

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Posted 04 July 2008 - 06:08 AM

QUOTE (Jim T. @ Aug 3 2007, 06:44 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (mmarie @ Aug 3 2007, 01:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

Well, sorry, Cat. You ARE wierd. But then so am I. Perhaps that's why we get on so well :D

I ditto everything you said. I want to run, jump, take a shot at breaking an escalator, and wear heels, at least short one, comfortably. I'm thankful for all that I can do but always want to do more.

I think it's called being "hardheaded" :P



No, it's called being "human". That's why we have "progress', and don't still live in a cave. We all want more than what we have, or we wouldn't advance anymore than the apes.

The difference is spelled out perfectly in something called the Serenity Prayer"

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change
Courage to change the things I can, and
Wisdom to know the difference
.

This to me, says it all, and applies to almost everything in life. It's called "Being Realistic".



Jim,
I saw this quote on the Serenity Prayer and I knew I had to join this website. It has a really special meaning for me. My Nana made a special copy of this prayer for me when I was 9 yrs old and in the hospital after my amputation. I have thought of it often over the years when times might get tough and it really helped because it keeps your focus where it should be.
Thanks for posting it.

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Posted 04 July 2008 - 06:50 AM

QUOTE (SusanI @ May 31 2007, 01:57 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've been wondering if I can comfortably wear flats similar in type to this:

http://www.aerosoles...t1.asp?P=FLEXAM

without worrying about them falling off. If so, how do you keep them on? Did I remember someone talking about velcro???

Susan

PS I never was a heel wearer, but wouldn't mind wearing something somewhat feminine. I did try on sandals last week, but just couldn't deal with looking at the fake foot yet......... :( blink.gif


Hi Susan

I think I have given up on slip on shoes, had too many that just didn't stay on, specially after they'd been taken on and off a few times, which may be something to do with the quality of the shoes I have been buying recently. But, in the past I have been successful with a few, especially those which come high up the foot. I had one pair of slip ons, years ago, came quite high up the foot, and was tight fitting and did have elastic built in under the top of the shoe and wore these for quite a while. I find slip ons particularly a problem on slopes and steps, but I am bilateral and do know unilaterals who have worn them with no problems.

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Posted 09 July 2008 - 02:40 PM

QUOTE (Diane N @ Jul 4 2008, 05:53 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Shelby @ Jun 25 2008, 04:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Theres still not many options for Symes amputees. Its hard to run because the leg is so heavy, I can't wear heels, and theres just not many choices out there.
Although I did find these adorable strappy, cork wedge sandals from nine west for $20!



Hi Shelby,
I am also a Symes amputee, however my left leg was shorter than my right due to a birth defect so that maybe why I am able to use the Ossur Elation foot with an adjustable heel. I have pushed it to the limit and can almost get it to 3 inches, but it does very well at the 2 - 2 1/2 inch range. Another possibility might be to have another leg with a foot at a fixed heel height. I had one in my 20's that was set at 3 inches, and I wore plenty of stiletto heels, and danced my rear off at the night clubs while wearing those heels!!!


I have considered getting a let with a foot at a fixed heel height. I get a new leg every year, since I still get a little taller every year. I will defiantley ask about that! Thanks!

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 11:19 AM

For shoes that fall off, velcro is the answer.
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Posted 10 July 2008 - 11:44 AM

QUOTE (ali.hall @ Jun 16 2008, 04:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Jenni @ Apr 25 2008, 12:22 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have a AKA and have a foot that accomadates high heels but it is not very successful does anyone have any ideas which foot is best for AKA please? I desperate to start wearing heels again although I have lots of flat sparkly shoes sometimes they are just not appropriate when I'm going to more dressy functions.


The problem with a heel height adjustable foot on an AK is (if you have a free knee) then when you bump the heel height up, you change the alignment at the knee, and so make it more difficult to walk. Once you change the heel height with a free knee, then you will change everything. What you would ideally need is a leg set at the heel height you want and a leg set at normal heel height, although I don't think your prosthetist would like this suggestion :D


I think you're being a bit confusing Ali... if you have a heel hieght adjustment device such as an adjustable foot, or the Brio30.... then there are no specific problems associated with AKs. What you describe only happens if you change the hieght of you heel without making allowance for it. If you wear a 2cm heel and you adjust the device to plantar flex the foot by the same amount, your alignment at the knee doesn't change.

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 07:30 PM

QUOTE (oneblueleg @ Jul 10 2008, 12:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (ali.hall @ Jun 16 2008, 04:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Jenni @ Apr 25 2008, 12:22 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have a AKA and have a foot that accomadates high heels but it is not very successful does anyone have any ideas which foot is best for AKA please? I desperate to start wearing heels again although I have lots of flat sparkly shoes sometimes they are just not appropriate when I'm going to more dressy functions.


The problem with a heel height adjustable foot on an AK is (if you have a free knee) then when you bump the heel height up, you change the alignment at the knee, and so make it more difficult to walk. Once you change the heel height with a free knee, then you will change everything. What you would ideally need is a leg set at the heel height you want and a leg set at normal heel height, although I don't think your prosthetist would like this suggestion :D


I think you're being a bit confusing Ali... if you have a heel hieght adjustment device such as an adjustable foot, or the Brio30.... then there are no specific problems associated with AKs. What you describe only happens if you change the hieght of you heel without making allowance for it. If you wear a 2cm heel and you adjust the device to plantar flex the foot by the same amount, your alignment at the knee doesn't change.

I agree with Mr Blue




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