Cycling with a prosthetic leg
Cycling with a prosthesis is possible, but this depends on the type of amputation and prosthesis. It also depends on your age and your balance. A young, fit patient will almost always be able to cycle again. Older patients, whose condition and balance is often somewhat worse, are advised against cycling for safety reasons.
Raymond, a colleague of ours from the service department knows it himself, he has a prosthetic leg and rides a bicycle. A bicycle with a low entry helps him enormously when getting on and off the bike.
If you want to cycle with a prosthesis, we recommend that you make certain demands on the bicycle:
- A low entrance so that you have enough space to get on and off the bike easily
- Hand brakes and no coaster brake
- Foot fixations for tricycles
- A saddle at the height to the ground so that your feet can reach the ground
In addition, Van Raam can make additional adjustments
to make cycling easier for you. For example, it is possible to adjust the length of the pedals to the ground
. It is also recommended to ride with shoes with a small heel: this prevents the foot from slipping off the pedal.