To prepare for the rugged conditions of the slopes, I used a unique BOA closure system on his prosthesis, much like what you’d find on specialty golf shoes and ski boots. In addition to the BOA system, I added ski ratchet buckles to provide strength during the rigorous activity of skiing. With these creative improvements, he was ready to conquer the mountain!
We had a wonderful time and ended up figuring it out minus a few crashes and some very memorable moments with my friend. Skiing is harder than it used to be for him, but he was doing it. He put in the extra effort and worked through the extra challenges a prosthesis creates. It was motivating to see first hand what my patients experience as they get back into life. I feel I am a better person and a better practitioner having spent this day with my friend.