Gray Beard, Thank you for your service. I also am a below the knee amputee on the right side. I lost mine in a car accident at 18 years old in 1978. I was back on my bike (KZ1000) as soon as I could walk to the garage on my crutches. I was not able to get off anywhere so I just rode. Due to the trauma my stump is an odd shape so I have trouble getting a good fitting leg let alone 3. I wish I was able to have 3 fitting legs. I am very old school with my leg and use the Pro Flex AC. I am going to go for the mechanical ankle thanks to your write up. What is the blue material in the back for? Filler due to falling into the socket? Great information and congrats on getting back to LIFE!!!!! Keith
I joined the Army in June, 1978.
I didn't get to keep the three legs unfortunately. They were just for the study I was doing with the VA.
I now have my Pro-Flex XC foot and this Pro-Flex Pivot that I am trialing for another month. My prothesis is going to order me a Pivot that I'll get to keep. He just cast me for a new socket last week with a new type of casting machine. It is called a Symphonie Aqua casting system: https://www.srtprosthetics.com/extre...asting-system/
He is on vacation this week so it'll be after the first of July before I can get my check socket. I'm looking forward to it since my current socket isn't fitting well and it's time for a new one. Yes the blue pad was to take up room since I had shrank so much. Since my last socket was made I have shrank 2" in circumference on my limb. But it looks like I am about done shrinking.
My surgeon did a really good job on my amputation.
My current socket, I'm a Jeeper also.
Glad I could help you out. I would try out both the K2 and the Pivot. But I can honestly say I really like the Pivot over all the other ankles I have tried up to now. That 27* of articulation is great and it make you feel almost like you have a real ankle again. As you well know nothing will ever make it like that but this is a lot better. As I am sure you know what works for me may not for the next person.
I've been real excited the past month as I have been averaging 5k steps per day which for me is amazing.