An accident changed Scott Rigsby’s life forever, but it didn’t take away his spirit. With a supportive team and a drive to push the limits of what was possible, he went on to compete and win in one of the world’s toughest races—the Ironman.
“Doing the Unthinkable” is a motto Scott Rigsby embraced when he decided to change the world by breaking down barriers for physically challenged athletes. In October 2007, he became the first double amputee wearing prostheses to finish an Ironman distance triathlon. Scott, 39, finished the 2.4 mile swim portion in 1:28:48, the 112 mile cycling race in 8:19:30, and the 26.2 mile marathon in 6:23:33, for an overall time of 16:42:46.
Scott completed the 16 hour race without using the modified race equipment. Instead, he used a combination of Freedom Innovations prosthetic components to help him through this grueling challenge. Following the ocean swim, Scott headed to the transition area to donn custom designed cycling prostheses that incorporated a pair of modified Freedom Innovations Senator Feet. He rode through 100+ degree heat and gusting winds through lava fields on the Big Island of Hawaii, on a standard road bike.
112 miles later Scott changed into his “running legs” with two Nitro Running Feet and specially designed sockets to begin the last leg of the race, the 26.3 mile marathon. With the aid of two small lights attached to these prostheses, Scott ran for over 6 hours in the darkness to achieve his goal to obtain a world record.
Just before midnight on October 14th, 2007 Scott Rigsby’s journey reached its pinnacle as he crossed the finish line to claim his place in history. As he heard the words “Scott Rigsby – you are an Ironman” announced over the PA system, he knew he had done the unthinkable. Today, Scott knows there are many more finish lines to cross. He has dedicated his life to working with amputees to set their own goals; the more unthinkable – the better!Send us your inspirational story.
There are a lot of prosthetic devices available today. How do I know which prosthetic foot or knee is best for me?
There are many variables that must be considered when selecting a prosthetic foot or knee product. This includes the height and weight of the product as well as the functional benefits it offers. There are also considerations around your body weight, requirements for battery-power, water resistance, etc. Your mobility ‘K-Level’, as defined by Medicare, will determine the types of technology your insurance will cover. All of these things must be carefully reviewed and analyzed by your prosthetist. And it’s important that you voice your lifestyle concerns, functional goals and aspirations as a part of the evaluation process.
We offer a broad range of prosthetic foot products in an effort to meet the varying needs of amputees globally. Our foot products are divided into six subcategories based on the type of user profile they accommodate best.
K2– New, or single-speed ambulator, requires stability for lower impact activities.
Active – Requires dynamic performance for everyday use, sports, and higher impact vocations.
Everyday – Classic ambulator, requires good performance for K3-level low to moderate impact activities, primarily walking.
Style – Prioritizes cosmetics and/or seeks heel height adjustability.
Specialty – Requires specialized prosthesis due to amputation level or body weight.
Extreme Sports – Seeking sports-specific prosthesis to optimize athletic performance.
Can I buy Freedom Innovations products direct?
Freedom Innovations products should be fitted and ordered by qualified prosthetists. We are unable to sell directly to the public. Your prosthetist will make sure that you are measured and fit properly to achieve the best possible results. He or she will also be able to discuss pricing and insurance coverage.
How do I find a prosthetist in my area?
Use our Prosthetist Finder tool to find a prosthetist in your area familiar with our product line. Many of these prosthetists have completed the Freedom Institute of Technology’s (FIT) clinical education programs designed to ensure the best outcomes with our products. This includes coursework on carbon fiber foot selection and fitting and how to properly fit and program the Plié Knee.
How soon after the amputation surgery can a prosthetic foot or knee be fit?
The process can begin once your residual limb has healed. Normally it takes approximately four to eight weeks to heal as long as there are no post-operative complications involved.
Will I be able to do all of the things I did before I lost my limb?
Our goal at Freedom Innovations is to allow you to achieve your full potential. We have many, many success stories in which our customers have gone back and excelled at the activities they once enjoyed. Some individuals even find that they are motivated to challenge themselves with new hobbies and athletic activities. The key is staying motivated and working with a good network of healthcare professionals including your prosthetist, physical and occupational therapists, and others. And of course, we are committed to providing the prosthetic technology that will enable you to achieve your goals.
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Is wearing a prosthesis painful?
Acclimating to life as a new amputee is not without its challenges. Achieving a good socket fit is critical and it can take time because revisions are often needed to accommodate your limb, which will change in size and shape especially in the beginning. However, your prosthesis should not be painful. If you are uncomfortable, especially if you begin to experience skin breakdowns, contact your prosthetist for an adjustment. He or she is committed to your health, comfort and overall well-being.
How will my prosthesis stay on?
There are many different suspension options to ensure that your prosthesis stays attached to your residual limb. This includes various socket shapes, pin locking systems and vacuum suspensions. Talk to your prosthetist about the best option for your anatomy and your lifestyle.
What kind of shoes can I wear with my foot product?
You can wear many different types of shoes, including boots, sneakers, dress shoes, sandals and even high heels with certain prosthetic foot technology. Our Runway foot allows you to walk barefoot at home (no heel height) in the morning and with a simple adjustment, transition to wearing heels up to 2 inches (5 cm) for work or a night out. We also offer the broadest range of sandal toe options for those that love to wear ‘flip-flops’ or sandals during the summer months. Read more here.
Lastly, don’t forget to bring your favorite shoes to your prosthetist so the possibilities can be explored and, if necessary, a fit test can be conducted.
How long will my prosthesis last?
The life of your prosthesis will vary depending on how much you use it, how well you take care of it, and the general environment in which it operates. Our foot and knee products are generally sold with a 36 month warranty. (Product-specific warranty periods are listed on each product webpage.) Liners have a shorter life expectancy and are sold with a 6-12 month warranty.
Ask your prosthetist for instructions regarding the proper care and cleaning techniques for your prosthetic leg.
Are there any resources available for new amputees?
Yes! There are many online resources and support groups that provide vital information for new amputees and their families. Use these resources to connect with others who have overcome similar challenges. The Amputee Coalition of America provides a listing of over 260 support groups. To locate a group in your area, please click: http://www.amputee-coalition.org/support-groups-peer-support/support-group-network/index.asp
360 O&P is an online tool for people in the Orthotic and Prosthetic community to both learn and share information, technologies and their experience with others. It also provides the ability for medical professionals to communicate and educate directly to those within the O & P Community.
The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABC)
The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics is the national certifying and accrediting body for the orthotic and prosthetic professions. Use the directory search to locate certified clinicians in your area.
The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA)
The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association, through government relations efforts, works to raise awareness of the profession and impact policies that affect the future of the O&P industry.
Adaptive Action Sports
Co-founded by Amy Purdy, Adaptive Action Sports creates skateboard, snowboard, and other action sport camps, events and programs for youth, young adults and wounded veterans living with permanent physical disabilities, TBI and PTSD.
Amputee Coalition of America (ACA)
Amputee Coalition of America reaches out to people with limb loss and empowers them through education, support and advocacy.
Disabled Sports USA
Seeks to provide the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to gain confidence and dignity through participation in sports, recreation and related educational programs.
A global resource for orthotic and prosthetic information.
Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistance Fund (OPAF)
Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistance Fund enables individuals served by the orthotic and prosthetic community to enjoy the rewards of personal achievement, physical fitness and social interaction.