Amputees who use prosthetics live with sores and blisters, or the threat of them, everyday. Sweat, irritation, ill-fitting sockets and pressure can cause them and continuing to wear the prosthetics daily just inflames them more. This has the potential to lead onto further irritation and, in the worst case, infection. In some cases, if the wound is open, prosthetics can’t be worn until it begins to heal. The affect this has on the person’s mobility and day to day living can be huge. Compeed products provide padding, protection from infection and it seems magic powers to speed up the healing.
Upon hearing about Cor’s epic challenge, Compeed were happy to not only sponsor her, but also provide enough of their products to help her on her way up the mountain. We were well aware of Compeed’s products before this, with many of the amputees we support carrying an extra plaster or two at all times. On Kilimanjaro, Cor had their largest plasters over-lapping each other around both stumps and they were a huge factor in her ensuring she reached the summit without causing too much damage to her stumps.
Cor successfully summited Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world, and we believe she is the first female quadruple amputee to do so. It’s safe to say that without Compeed’s products, this would be a much tougher feat. Finding Your Feet are proud to have partnered with a company whose products are so relevant and helpful to those we support, and we hope this is the start of a great partnership!