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The MAS Socket Diaries

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This is a running account of my journey with a new MAS Socket. There are so many people asking about this new design, that I thought it might be a good idea to share my experience as I go along, as honestly as I can. My prosthetist went to a MAS workshop in the States in July this year, so this is new for both of us. Please go to the MAS Socket link on the right for information about Marlo Ortiz and his new concept for socket fitting if this is the first time you've run into this new kind of socket. "Controversial"? Some seem to think so. Judge for yourself.

I am.........

38 years old (now in 2005); weigh in at 50 kgs; currently using Ischial Containment suction socket; Total 2000 knee and flex foot; have fairly long residual limb; moderately active; lost my leg in a car accident in 1995; big wuss...and here's my diary....

August 2005

September 2005

October 2005

November & December 2005

January 2006

February & March & April 2006









Chronic Pain Chronic pain management by Dr Mitchell

Disability sport in South Africa DISSA

THE ANGRY GIMP Awesome must read site!

Marco Du Plooy My Pretoria based prosthetist

Sleeve Art by Fred's Legs

Employment Guidelines from SA Dept of Labour for PWD's & employers

Amputee Resource - Al Pike CP

MAS Socket - information

Fly SA - Paragliding

Jam Ally Entertainment - where Ally works

Eric Morse - Para-sport photographer & friend (Canada)