OORAH: How One Marine Found New Hope

David lost his leg in a motorcycle accident in 2004 while on active duty for the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton. After much trial and error in being fitted for his first socket and foot, David had all but given up on running. His system caused sores, and he couldn’t keep up with his battalion Continue reading…

TOUGH. AS. NAILS.

In May, David, a Marine, completed a grueling GORUCK Challenge, an amazing accomplishment that inspired all of us at WillowWood. What does a GORUCK Challenge entail? See for yourself below, as well as David’s thoughts about the journey. NAME: David “I often ask myself, ‘Am I mentally strong?’”   OBJECTIVE: GORUCK Challenge (based on Special Continue reading…

Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp

WillowWood invited our friends at the Amputee Coalition to be our guest blogger and share information about their Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp, something near and dear to WillowWood and our staff. To apply as a camper or a counselor or to make a donation towards the camp, visit the Amputee Coalition’s website. Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp Continue reading…

Best Foot Forward: How To Select The Right Prosthetic Foot

With all of the options available today, trying to determine the best prosthetic foot can be overwhelming. The first step each person should take is to think less about finding the “best” foot and more about finding the “right” foot. There isn’t one “best” foot out there. Rather, the “best” foot is the foot that Continue reading…

The Making of a Wounded Warrior

“Why me?” It’s the one of the first questions retired US Army Staff Sergeant Luke Murphy asked after losing his right leg in an IED explosion during his second tour of Iraq in 2006. Another question: Where do I go from here? As Staff Sgt. Murphy moved forward with his life, he applied the “crawl, Continue reading…

Comfort & Durability Now Fabric-Free

WillowWood’s Alpha Duo™ Liner YOU ASKED, WE LISTENED. It has been long expressed that clinicians and amputees alike desired a fabric-free Alpha Liner option. But the Alpha line is a lot to live up to and creating a fabric-free liner that is as equally as impressive as its counterparts was no easy feat. The unique Continue reading…

Using the Alpha® Liner to Manage Residual Limb Volume Change

Last month we talked about the concept of Alpha Liner “retrofitting” – swapping out one kind of Alpha Liner for another without having to switch sockets. As you may recall, there are two types of retrofitting. Our previous post described Lifestyle Activity Retrofitting, where you swap a liner of one interface material for another to Continue reading…

An Interface Material for Every Activity

You’ve probably heard of the concept of “retrofitting” in many aspects of your life – maybe retrofitting the windows in your house, or retrofitting the stereo in your car. In each example, you are replacing some of the equipment that was not originally part of the item. Did you know you can do the same Continue reading…

What To Do With Used Prostheses?

WillowWood receives several calls a month from families and amputees about what they can do with prostheses that are no longer needed. Our customer care team refers the callers to the Limbs for Life Foundation. We invited Lucy Fraser from the foundation to share what happens these to donations.  Hello from Oklahoma!  I am Lucy Continue reading…

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