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Show your metal with pride!

How did Socket Socks begin?

Some of you may relate to this. It was finally leg day and I was about to receive my first leg. My prosthetist walked in the room with my leg that had a full wrap of fibreglass around it. To me that looked like a big bandaid. It did not represent my feelings of excitement and pride of surviving and beating the odds.

“After overcoming 30 years of chronic pain, surviving a DVT I felt that my prosthetic leg needed style and fun.”

When I was out in public people came up to me with sympathy asking “oh my dear, what happened?” When I slipped on my first ever prosthetic cover people exclaimed “wow that is so cool”. It completely changed the conversation of adults and kids who looked at me.

Our Mission at Socket Socks is to empower amputees with pride as they embrace their new life. To be able to control how we look and how others look at us. We want two share that feeling of empowerment with YOU.

Socket Socks Vision is to share this affordable and stylish product with all amputees worldwide. I know a lot of amputees are proud of their laminated cover, they may have even paid a pretty penny to get that done. We are not saying cover that, but it is nice to have the option to change it up. Maybe add a solid cover for a special event, or a fun “ugly Christmas sweater” for the holidays.

The world is your oyster, options are finally here!

About the owner: Joan MacDonald (founder & CEO), started the business of custom made prosthetic covers in 2019. After losing her leg in 2018 Joan wanted options for the final design of her socket.

Joan had been a designer and dressmaker for over 20 years before her amputation. With these skills she made a custom pattern for her own prosthetic. With friends requesting their own covers, the business concept and name “Socket Socks” began.

Joan was born in Lajolla, Calif and raised in Hawaii. Living in Hawaii was paradise but she met a special person from Canada and decided to pack up her bathing suits and make the big move. 30 years later and 3 beautiful daughters she is still living in Canada and loving life.

How did she lose her leg? When Joan was 5, she was hit by a drunk driver hit and run. At the time of the accident she did loose her life, but with the blessing of a neighbour who knew CPR, he started her heart back and kept it going util an ambulance finally arrived.

Joan lived with chronic pain since the accident, but accepted it as normal, because that is all she knew. As the pain grew worse, at age 17, she went in for X-rays and was diagnosed with “trauma-induced osteoarthritis” and was told that by age 25 she would have to fuse the joints.

Well, she made it to age 50 before the foot collapsed and surgery was no longer an option. She had to make the decision to amputate.

And the rest is history.