OK, a little over a year ago I wrote a couple of posts about my new Rush 87™ foot. As you remember, I was super jazzed that my insurance company paid for a new foot for me and I was amazed at how well it was working. You can see the post here.
Now, more than a year later, what do I have to say about it? Well, it is still here. I still use it, and overall I can not see any way to make it better (other than the fact that the foot shell is still rather pale) It resides at the bottom of my left leg and I hardly think about it. I adapted well to how it works and I don't have to make any adjustments in the way I walk, hike, bike or even jog on it. I don't worry that it is suddenly going to fracture if I accidentally step off the second rung of the ladder, or hop over a mountain stream. Some of you remember that I broke my first carbon fiber foot pretty quickly, and had to have the ankle replaced because it couldn't handle my weight. None of that nonsense with my Rush™ foot.
I have been out and about, between Christmas shopping, hiking, biking and even to the beach. In every circumstance the Rush™ foot just took the abuse. The top of it is getting a little darker and I actually have tan lines on the foot shell, which is actually starting to crack a little on the bottom, but the foot itself is rock solid. As a matter of fact, most people don't even notice that I have anything wrong with my left leg at all. My gait is very natural while wearing it.
One of my co-workers asked why I favored the leg, wondering if I had injured myself, I had been sitting for about three hours and my leg was numb. I looked at him like he was a little crazy, but I realized he was serious. I had never told him I had an amputation. When I pulled up my pant leg, he was shocked. He was amazed that I walked as well as i could.
Overall, I believe the Rush™ foot has really been a factor in how well I have adapted to my amputation. Without it, I feel certain that I would not be as mobile as I am.