Holiday Gift Guide: 5 items every amputee needs

The holidays are right around the corner…and if you know an amputee they most likely need any number of these items. Or, if you are an amputee, Treat Yoself with any one of these awesome gift ideas!

Shoehorn

I have stuck numerous items into the heel of my shoe in order to slip into anything from tennis shoes to boots! Having an artificial foot makes even the easiest shoes difficult to get into. I have also broken several plastic shoe horns, so metal is key!

shoehorn


SHANTS

Ever notice how you only have an itch you can’t scratch? Whenever I’ve decided to wear pants for the day my residual limb itches all day long. Whenever I’m hiking or biking, or any other sweat-producing activity my leg just slips and slides all over. I have to undress in order to address this issue. Shants would allow me to make a quick transition & adjustment.

amputee readjusting leg


Trekking Poles

I am not the most graceful person I know, but when you add the weight of a pack and put me on uneven terrain I fall about every 10 minutes. Once I got trekking poles it made a world of difference.

trekking poles


iWALK2.0

I used to have to stay at home on days that I couldn’t fit into my fake leg because my residual limb was too swollen or sore. Now I can take a day or even a week off of my leg and still make it into work! The iWALK has allowed me to keep moving forward!

iWALK on the beach

Brown Boots

Those brown boots that every basic b*tch wears each fall? Yeah, you can wear them too, even as an amputee! Just get the kind that zips open on the side! It’s also nice for less confident days when you want to hide the leg inside an auto-calf former!

brown boots

3 thoughts on “Holiday Gift Guide: 5 items every amputee needs

  • December 9, 2017 at 9:40 am
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    All great ideas for sure. One recent epiphany I had, after dealing with sore skin (especially my fibula head rubbing) for my first 4.5 years is to try Desitin. This stuff is amazing and protects and lubricates your skin all day long. Nothing works better (I tried at least 10-12 different lotions) and it makes a perfect stocking stuffer 🤣👍

    Desitin Baby Diaper Rash Maximum Strength Original Paste, 4 Oz Tube https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00536Y6TC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_ZhblAbE3MBE59

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    • December 9, 2017 at 9:53 am
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      I am definitely going to have to try that!! Thank you for the great addition 🙂

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  • December 9, 2017 at 11:29 pm
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    Awesome post! I have a cousin who is an amputee and she relates to ALL of this! I know what I will be getting for her this Christmas!!

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