Peter, a custom prosthetics manufacturer, strapped shinfinTM fins to the prostheses they made for a bilateral below knee amputee. This works because the fins adjust and flex to fit prostheses, just like they fit thin legs and large legs. Firstly, the client trialled shinfinTM fins strapped on prosthetic test sockets and he was very pleased with the results. So then they made his definitive prosthetic sockets and strapped the fins on them. He was so happy swimming in the pool and ocean with those, that he ordered a spare set of shinfinTM fins. Alternatively, please note that you can also strap shinfinTM fins directly onto your stump if it is long enough. So the choice is yours.
Peter’s review from Broken Head, Australia
“I have attached a photo of the completed prosthetic swim legs using the shinfinTM fins. The client is very happy with them and has asked us to order him a spare set.”
Peter’s review: Fins to fit bilateral below knee amputee prostheses
“Our client has been trialling the fins on a test socket and is very pleased with the results. We saw him this week for an adjustment and hopefully we will commence the manufacturing of his definitive sockets within the next couple of weeks. I would be happy to send you a photo of the finished prosthesis once complete.”
Many thanks for your kind reply Peter. Great that your client is very pleased with the fins. Is he a below knee amputee (BKA) or an above knee amputee (AKA)?
Yes please, I’d love to see a photo of the finished prosthesis.
“He is a bilateral below knee amputee (BKA)”
“I have attached a photo of the completed prosthetic swim legs using the shinfinTM fins. The client is very happy with them and has asked us to order him a spare set. The last pair was funded by The Start Foundation for him, this pair is coming out of his pocket.”
Thank you for your email and for the good photo. Would it be OK to put the photo on our website please?
“Yes it would be OK to use the image I supplied and I will place the order now.”
Thank you for your kind permission. The second pair of fins are already on their way so you should get them early next week.
Do you know if your client has tried swimming with the fins attached directly to his stumps (i.e. without using his prosthetics), and if so then how that compares to attaching them to his prosthetics?
Custom prosthetics manufacturers strap shinfinTM fins to the single and bilateral prostheses they make for below knee amputees and above knee amputees. This works because the fins adjust and flex to fit prostheses, just like they fit thin legs and large legs. Alternatively, you can also strap shinfinTM fins directly onto your stump if it is long enough. So the choice is yours.
Similarly, these two other reviews show bilateral below knee amputees using the fins for swim exercise and weight loss. In addition, this further review shows the fins being used by an above knee amputee snorkeling with his prosthetic leg.