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Stuff you need to know before or after leg amputation


Bill shares his overall story to help amputees learn what they need to know before or after their leg amputation. His recreational therapy section discusses his swimming with shinfin fins, which he expands upon in swimming with fins after amputation. Bill’s story encourages above knee amputees, below knee amputees and foot amputees to (re)learn how to swim after amputation.

Bill’s story from O’Fallon, USA

“I learned that swimming helped me regain my strength and endurance. I use a shinfin fin on my remnant leg and also on my good leg to give me speed and a good workout. The shinfin fins can also be used for BKAs. Using the shinfin fin on my remnant leg strengthened and helped remove the excess fluids. I also wear my liner for comfort and it gives the shinfin more grip to stay on.”

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Swimming with fins after amputation


Swimming with shinfin fins was one of Bill’s first steps in his return to physical and emotional health, after his above knee amputation. Wearing one fin on his thigh stump and one fin on the shin of his other leg, they give him a natural swim kick with smooth stroke balance. He prefers wearing the fins without his prosthetic leg but they can be worn on a prosthetic leg too. He also notes that they can be worn by below knee amputees (also foot amputees). Bill’s expanded story is Stuff you need to know before or after leg amputation.

Bill’s story from O’Fallon, USA

shinfin fins are the perfect choice for amputees because they attach to your legs instead of your feet. This provides many benefits such as a natural swim kick.

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Above knee amputee snorkeling with prosthetic leg


Shaun is an above knee amputee who snorkels wearing a pair of shinfin fins, one fin on his prosthetic leg and the other fin on his shin. He is very happy with them, especially because of the easier water entry, water exit and streamlined kicking propulsion technique. Also, he highly values that the fins are light and compact enough to fit into his small carry-on backpack, for ultralight traveling. His story is very useful for above knee amputees and below knee amputees swimming with waterproof prosthetic legs, for snorkeling and other water activities too.

Shaun’s story from Redondo Beach, USA

“The shinfin fins worked great for me and had a ton of benefits. Overall I couldn’t be happier.”