After going through several weeks of walking in a temporary sizing socket for my prosthesis, I finally have a brand new carbon fiber sleeve with Ossur Re-flex shock system. The system takes heel pressure to open the pump and rolls forward to the front to close it as you walk/run. I tested it while I was at the clinic, jumping around, running for a short (5-7 step) sprint. I could tell immediately I’ve been stagnant too long – The muscle tendon on the heel of my good foot pulled a bit as I was jumping around. That’s alright, that will heal in a day or two. Now, I can change things.
The dimensions of the new sleeve is different than my old one. The old one was a simple matter of following the dimensions of the leg, while this one encloses a button system that I press when putting my leg into it. This evacuates air, and I let it go. BAM, ready. It also holds the hose in a cavity within the carbon fiber as it flows down. Quite a nice feature, cosmetically.
My favorite feature:
On the right-hand side notice the bow-like metal bar. This is a flexible metal suspension bar, which actually bows as weight is placed on the sleeve. This is to absorb the downward force and allow a free flow while running.
The entire unit, including my tennis shoe, only weighs 5.4 lbs.
Thankfully, my insurance company is very good. I have Blue Cross Blue Shield, which covered about 75% of the total cost. (80%+deductible) The total cost of this puppy is the cost of a small car, ~$18,000. Compared to most prosthetics I’ve seen, which range from $30,000+, this is a steal.
The plus side is if I really want to, and I have $6,000 I can just fritter away, I can unbolt this re-flex shock foot system and bolt on a blade running system like this (which is not mine, this is a woman’s legs):