Life as an amputee is not always easy. It can be frustrating not having two of the same size feet, or sweating your leg right off! Here are some amputee life hacks!
One of the biggest difficulties of being an amputee is wardrobe malfunctions! I love skinny jeans, and high heels, and cute boots! My leg, however, loves to remind me I am not 100% human… I have, however, found a trick for cute boots. If you put your leg into a plastic grocery bag and then slide it into said cute boot, it magically slips on! I have spent many panicked moments racing to get out the door because I was struggling to get my shoe on my fake foot. I do not take an exuberant amount of time to get ready, but once I am ready and on the shoe portion of prepping myself I often have to start all over. I am down on the ground wrestling with my foot. By the time my shoe is on I look disheveled and sweaty.
Back to those skinny jeans I love. Also, can we talk about how leggings have become an acceptable pant?! My real leg has grown to be quite muscular over the years, and my little leg…not so much. When I wear any sort of tight-fitting pant my legs look like they belong to two different people.
I like to call it skinnylegsyndrome.
I have figured out a simple hack! I use said leggings, wrap a pair around my pylon, pull up my long sock, and vigorously pull on my skinny jeans! It is in no way shaped like my real calf, but it isn’t blatantly skinnier. I opt out of having a cover on my prosthesis because it weighs a lot, and isn’t waterproof. I don’t care about the size difference most times, but every now and then it’s nice to cover up my robot leg and blend into the world of humans.
Backless shoes or flip-flops seemed like another fashion trend I was going to have to skip out on. I spend a lot of time at the water’s edge, and hated the idea of not being able to wear flip-flops. A tiny piece of velcro solves that!
Speaking of velcro…
When walking on a fake foot you cannot feel what is beneath that foot. I have stepped on a wet leaf and can only imagine I look like those cartoons of someone slipping on a banana peel. I have thought my foot was on a step, and just slid down entire stairwells. I am not a graceful person. When it is cold and icy out, I have a heightened sense of fear when stepping outside. One of the best hacks I figured out was ICEtrekkers. They make it feel like you have velcro on the bottom of your foot! You can actually feel your foot plant, and raise off the ground. They are miracle workers, and make me seem much more graceful!
If you want to read about Hiking as an Amputee click here!
I was told at a young age that I could never Ever shave my leg hair on my amputated side. As a young adult this was quite embarassing for me. I already hated taking my leg off in front of people, and now when I take it off its hairy AF. I am an Armenian and let me tell you, we are a hairy bunch. I would shave anyway out of pure pride, and then suffer from ingrown hairs and rashes, and all sorts of pain. Beauty is pain right? WRONG! Now I use little tiny scissors and cut the hair! It takes longer, and doesn’t completely remove all the hair, but it makes a significant difference in beauty and pain. (I am NOT a medical professional and CANNOT recommend this hack to you out of health related dangers, but it works for me & we’re all adults here – proceed with caution!)
Share your own hacks below!
If you want to read about Struggles as an Amputee click here!