- Fins bend to fit your thigh stump size & shape.
- Same size fits children to adults.
- Fit with or without a wetsuit.
- Extra kick power.
- Extra water safety.
- Improve your joint mobility.
- Stabilise and streamline your body.
- Balance your stroke.
- Adjust position to optimise your swimming.
- Versatile above knee amputation fins.
Yes, you can fit shinfin
Fin size for above knee amputation
There is only one size of fin and they will fit you fine. They fit small thigh stumps and fit large thigh stumps fine. It is only the length of the straps that you need to decide. You select the strap length in the drop-down list when you order your fins. Follow the instructions below, to measure around your legs in the correct places.
Fitting fins on your thigh stump(s)
If your thigh stump is about 15 cm (6 inches) or longer, this should be fine for fitting the fin.
If your thigh stump is shorter than about 15 cm (6 inches) and/or is very tapered, the fin may tend to slide down your stump when you swim. This can be fixed in a number of ways, depending on your needs and preferences.
For example, a neoprene stump-sleeve, or neoprene swimming shorts, can increase the grip of the straps around your leg. That is perhaps the first thing to try. Or you can attach the top of the fin to some sort of waist belt, which might be part of your swimming shorts. You can even use a separate long fin strap to make a waist belt going all the way around your waist and back through the fin buckles, with the strap ends attached together, for example using something like a common “bag clip” (google for images). If necessary, you can also trim the leading edge of the fin with scissors.
Please contact me with any questions about fitting your fins to your thigh stumps – I am happy to help.
Single above knee amputation fins
Single above knee amputees should wear a pair of shinfin
Wear the first shinfin
Wear the second shinfin
I strongly recommend wearing a pair of shinfin
Bilateral above knee amputation fins
Bilateral above knee amputees should wear a pair of shinfin
Measure around your legs where you want the fins to strap on, to see whether longer strap(s) may be needed. For a fin on your shin, measure around just above your ankle. For a fin on your thigh stump, measure around your stump about half way up.
If your measurements are 40 cm (16 inches) or less, then the standard length straps that come with the fins will fit you. Any longer requires a long strap. Select your strap lengths when you order your fins: standard, long or mixed (one standard strap and one long strap). You can also order spare pairs of straps with the same length choices. You can cut straps shorter with scissors later, if needed.
Stroke power & balance
The fins will also help you to get more power from your arm strokes. This is because your left leg kicking down, diagonally balances the force of your right arm pull, and vice versa. You can also experiment with the height and angle of the fins around your legs, to optimise your stroke.
They encourage you to use the large muscles in your thighs, buttocks and torso. So they help you to build muscle tone in these areas. This is likely to benefit your movement out of the water too, as you will know.
The fins will help to lift your thighs to a horizontal streamlined swimming position, on your front or on your back. This works even if you don’t kick and just swim a little with your arms. Then, if you start kicking, the fins will guide you towards a streamlined swimming kick. They achieve this because they have a natural flex that matches a good kicking style for freestyle, backstroke and fly.
Above knee amputation fins reviews
For customer testimonials from people with above knee amputations getting great benefits from these fins, please see Above Knee Amputation Fins (AKA) Reviews.
Helpful advice from an amputee
Many thanks to Bill Wiegand, an amputee sharing his experiences with shinfin