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a good prostheticist is worth his weight in gold

I've probably had 8 to 10 legs over the years, and I have to say it's all about the person making the limb. I've had good and bad legs, and it always boiled down to how well the person listened to me, and followed my directions. I've had those with the "I know what I'm doing" attitude and it's never failed to be a miserable experience. If you're getting a lot of resistance from your supplier, find a new one that cares about YOU. It can mean the difference between everyday comfort and everyday pain.

I agree absolutely, I actually had one guy tell me that it was SUPPOSED TO HURT when I wore my artificial leg. It felt so awesome to be able to say to him that I had been wearing artificial legs for more years than he had been alive and none of them had hurt up until his. Needless to say, I walked out of there with the knee unit in exchange for the money I had already paid.

No matter where you are try to stay in touch with the disabled community - other amputees are your BEST source of information when choosing a new prosthetist. Cindy

I agree wholeheartedly. I've gained so much by being active in this community (via the internet). I've learned about the prosthetic components that I now have... and I've learned that it's not okay to accept second best. I now have a prosthesis that is amazing in every way... the best I've ever had and it doesn't hurt at all... even after hours of walking. No prosthesis should hurt. If it does, then it's not fitted correctly. The prosthetist's problem, not yours -- make sure they know it. My last prosthetist said to me one day that I should be happy with second-rate mechanics. I had my heart set on an energy storing foot. I had always worn the old sach style rubber feet. I am an active young woman, into hiking and sports, and I just knew that I needed an energy storing foot. They cost $3,000 here in Australia... and so I nagged my prosthetist. I even said I'd pay for it myself. Eventually he told me that I should be happy with what I had and to stop asking for more. Once I got past the shock (and the tears), I demanded better. It took a battle, but I now have the most amazing prosthetist. He works out of a university and only takes on the harder cases (I'm Aitkens C or D, no surgery and the Moseley prosthesis). But, boy... this prosthetist works magic and he puts his heart and soul into what he creates!

I'm new to all this my daughter has just got her first prosthesis, she has her own foot so they said its called an extension prosthesis which means its straight, it is really frustrating her as she cannot do thinks she used to be able do without the new leg, as i said im new to this so just wondering is the Moseley prosthesis a straight one or what type of one is it, sorry now maybe this is a stupid question to ask you.

See scroll down to figure 9. Its basically an extension prosthesis but the ankle is hinged.