Leg Amputee due to Diabetes ?

Maui wisper
By Maui wisper Latest Reply 2011-05-14 16:05:26 -0500
Started 2011-05-01 20:14:48 -0500

Hi, About 4 yrs ago I lost my leg to Diabetes… Ins Would not cover a new leg.
Finally Im able to get a leg !! ( may 12 2011 ) My Question is can anyone tell me what its like ? I know i will have PT and all that , Im just worried what it will feel like to walk again after 4 yrs of being in a wheelchair. Was there much pain ?? Thank you for any and all help !

17 replies

ston3xc 2011-05-14 16:02:39 -0500 Report

My son is doing fantastic with his prosthesis!He's been using it since the end of February. You can't even tell he has it. He's even able to drive a car! He had to wait for his stump to heal enough so it could bear his weight, but I don't have to worry as much anymore!

ston3xc 2011-05-14 16:05:26 -0500 Report

Look on my profile pictures. Pictures of him, then and now. Pictures of why his foot had to come off.

headkeep 2011-05-02 12:57:59 -0500 Report

Hi Maui,
I lost my right leg on 10/16/2004. I had 4 surgeries and finally was fitted with a prosthetic in Jan, 2005. The delay was waiting for "stumpy" to heal. Not sure how long it took to get the actual prosthetic but I was both ready and afraid. I had heard so many horror stories of people being content to stay in the wheelchair. Not me!
The first moment, they had me stand between 2 parallel bars, it felt so weird. Then I turned around and walked up and down the length of the parallel bars. No pain, no problems, just euphoria! They adjusted the height and told me to walk again. I turned around, let go of the parallel bars and started walking. I heard laughter behind me. The 2 technicians had bet if I'd let go of the bars!
Never had PT. Only had pain when I'd do something stupid (like jump). I have trouble with stairs and uneven ground. I fall down quite a bit but now I know it's when I'm backing up. Just have to be more aware.
Don't be worried. You may need time for your legs to gain the strength to enable you to walk. I'd think a PT is definitely going to be needed. Good luck and if I can help in any way, just ask.

Maui wisper
Maui wisper 2011-05-02 13:42:00 -0500 Report

Thank you headkeep & everyone for your replies !! I can't tell you all what it means to me. I have felt so alone before finding this sight. Its so good to know there are others who understand ! Much Aloha to all of you !!

spiritwalker 2011-05-02 11:46:57 -0500 Report

I lost a leg to MRSA infection a few years ago. It took about 3 months to heal and begin with P.T. ect. It took me a few weeks to learn to walk. First with a walker,and
following that a cane. Now at home I walk without an assistant devise. I use a cane
outdoors. I live in a area that is very up and down hill. I feel safer outdoors with a cane. If you have been doing stump exercises all of this time you should do well.
I do exercises ans weights every day. I also have a special nustep cross trainer
which I use 40 minutes each day. If I can be of any help to you please let me know.
Good luck with your rehab program.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-02 09:31:30 -0500 Report

Glad to hear of the new leg. Can't help you a whole lot. There will be some pain I am sure, but mostly I think it will be the mental adjustments we need to make when big changes happen to us. I think the adjustments that you will need to make here will all be positive, getting you out of the chair and more independent. Your tough adjustments have been made over the last 4 years. I will pray for you and please keep us posted! Jim

jayabee52 2011-05-02 02:00:59 -0500 Report

FANTASTIC, Carolyn! I have no relevant experience with myself or with friends. But I AM praying that you have a good experience with it.

Armourer 2011-05-02 01:32:34 -0500 Report

Amen to what Graylin Bee posted. 18 years ago I had a brain-stem stroke. I had to relearn how to walk & talk, and 100% of my swallowing was gone. The brain is amazing, a new section relearned these things. But it took time!

A co-employee lost his leg in an accident. He was very athletic, hiked, mountain biked, jogged, etc. It took time but he does those things again. Remember though, recovery and ability goes to the youth in this stuff. They recover faster then someone who is older. Best to you!!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-05-02 01:25:06 -0500 Report

No experience with a new leg. Just experience learning to walk better with my original equipment. My brain needed some retraining after several months of liimited mobility. You will have to readjust your brain to both the new leg and walking and standing again. My PT people explained that the brain forgets how to react to the unexpected which can result in falls. The unexpected being people suddenly steppng in front of you, uneven surfces, walking up and down stairs.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-05-01 22:37:53 -0500 Report


I just wanted to congratulate you and give you alll the support that I can. This is great news.

I hope you will keep us all posted on how you're doing.


Maui wisper
Maui wisper 2011-05-01 22:28:06 -0500 Report

Nova & Harlen,
Thank you so much for your replies, I am so excited just nervous about the unknown…But I will never give in !

Nova69 2011-05-01 22:20:53 -0500 Report

Wow! I can't believe you had to wait 4 years. I have no experience with anything like this but, if you've managed to cope so far, I'm sure you'll do quite well. Here's a link to a Youtube video of a gentleman learning to walk on his new leg.

Best wishes and good luck.

Harlen 2011-05-01 20:35:56 -0500 Report

I have frends that have gone thru that and it was difrent for each of them
But if the leg is made well you will love it .Aii of them are very happy with them .
Take it slow ,dont over do it if it hurts use more padding thats what they sey lol lol
I am so happy for you
Best wishes

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