April is Limb Loss Awareness Month. There are roughly 1.7 million people in the United States living with limb loss. No one ever expects to lose a limb, but still there are 507 people every day who lose limbs. Approximately 1,558 military personnel have lost a limb as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is usually what comes to mind when thinking of limb loss, but the loss of a limb may be due to vascular diseases, including diabetes and peripheral arterial disease, traumas or cancer.
The statistics can be staggering to imagine, but due to significant advancements in the quality of prosthetic limbs, it may be difficult to even determine that someone you meet has even lost a limb. Many amputees are able to have careers and participate in activities that were once thought difficult or impossible.
They can run.
They can dance.
They can fight fires.
All with the help of well-made and well-fitting prosthetics. A good, comfortable fit is key to an amputee’s mobility, which is why our team at Knit-Rite makes the prosthetic socks that we do. It is our mission to improve the quality of life for amputees and others through our products. Every day our team works, not only to make these products, but to make improvements upon them.
Today and all days, we’d like to send a big high-five to all the 1.7 million Americans who are living with limb loss.