I have been an amputee for 46 years and the Cheetah explore is the most amazing leg I have ever had. I am not a runner. This leg is fantastic for walking or just doing everyday things. Greg and Nathan are the best at their craft, bar none. They are also great people. They won't stop until everything is perfect. I would never go anywhere else.
I’d like to introduce you to Greg Davidson my prosthetist. I’ve been an amputee for almost 20 years and been through 9 prosthetists! They get bought out by the big companies & move on or the fit just isn't right, leaving us amputees in an unfortunate situation…..starting over with a new one. The relationship between an amputee and a prosthetist is so valuable, especially if you get one like Greg or his brother Nathan. They listen to you and a limb being OK is not good enough, they want it to be perfect and will not complete a system until the patient is 100% satisfied. They truly go above and beyond, changing lives daily. Often sacrificing personal lives to take care of us. It took me 19 long years to find this guy and can’t imagine ever dealing with anyone but him, thank you from the bottom of my heart Greg for making my life more bearable!
As I get ready to fly out of Washington I can't put into words the gratitude I have for Greg Davidson. I've spent this past week in his care receiving new legs. From ground up his care and professionalism is second to none. His craftsmanship and attention to detail on these legs are incredible. Thank you so much for all your hard work and hospitality Greg and Cat Davidson.
My name is Brent Nadjadi, and I became a BK amputee in 2012 from injuries sustained in combat. When I arrived at Walter Reed, I had to relearn how to walk again due to several months of not being able to bare weight. The prosthetic that I learned to walk again with was a Pathfinder 2, which was very good to me in its own right. One problem that I developed by using the Pathfinder 2 dealt with the amount of heal pressure that I used to walk. The pathfinder uses a compressed heal function where the heel compresses as one walks. Needless to say, when I walked I put a significant amount of force down on the heel, which forces me to use a lot of energy.
I heard about the Modified Cheetah from another Amputee who was a member of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. At the time, my job required me to endure a lot of walking and standing on a daily basis. . I explained to him the amount of trouble that I was having with stump pain and loss of energy when I was walking and he recommended that I reach out to Greg at Davidson’s Prosthetics in Washington. After I got the blessing from the VA, I flew out to Washington and was fitted for a modified cheetah. I had heard a lot about the modified cheetah by talking to Greg and reading other patients testimonials but there was still a sense of doubt about the modified cheetah. The doubt stemmed from the disappointment that I got from trying other legs, it had nothing to do with the cheetah. Since I left Washington with the Modified Cheetah, my life in general has changed for the better.
The cheetah has benefited me in more ways than one; it has helped me in terms of mobility, stump pain, athletics, and weight management. When I got fitted for the Cheetah I was weighing approximately 230 lbs. which was extremely overweight. Being able to run, and walk greater distances with the Cheetah has helped me lose 50 lbs. in less than a year. At work I used to struggle walking 4,500 steps daily, due to fatigue and stump pain. Today I can walk over 12,000 steps and still feel pretty good the next day. With the Pathfinder I use to struggle making it down to first base in softball, now I can beat out doubles. The Modified Cheetah has also helped me in terms of confidence and mood. For the longest time, I struggled with the challenges of not being able to do what I used to be able to do. I am more active now than I have been in the previous 5 years because of the Modified Cheetah.
The Modified Cheetah has not restored all of my abilities but the benefits from it have been far greater than I ever expected. I definitely recommend the Modified Cheetah to those who desire a better quality of life both physically and emotionally. I am hopeful to return to Washington to see how we can take these benefits to another level. I appreciate all of the hard work that Greg and his staff did in improving my quality of life.
I have been a symes amputee since May 1991 when I stepped on a landmine in N. Iraq. I spent over a year going through sockets and different feet that I kept breaking due to the poor quality. Flex Foot came out with a foot for symes January 1992. I thought that was great because I could actually run, sprint and play softball without it breaking. I never had any of those feet last more than a year without delaminating the toe. I was retired from the Army after 13 years October 1992. I moved to AZ and applied to become a Police Officer. I was hired by Mesa PD and attended the 18 week Phoenix Regional Police Academy. I spent 21 years working as a Patrol Officer and as an Undercover Narcotics Detective. I have also played many years of competitive softball. I have participated on National Invitational Tournament teams and played in several National Tournaments. I have maintained a very active life and still do at the age of 54.
The past ten years I haven't run as much as I used to because the typical symes socket and foot are like a block of wood. When you're young and that's all there is then you make due with that and enjoy life. As you get older the foot, socket and entire leg just kind of sucks because there is no smooth heel to toe. There isn't any return when you push off the toe.
I am a man of faith and believe that good things happen to those who do good things. I met Greg Davidson in July 2015 when I flew to Seattle. To give a little more information how this happened. Greg has fitted numerous players with ground breaking legs and feet who are members of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. A non profit organization who's mission is to educate, inspire and enhance the lives of other veterans who wear prosthetics by using the game of softball to show what we can do. The first and only all veteran prosthetic softball team. I am the left fielder and have played on the team 4 of the 5 years it has existed. My teammates have returned with new sockets and feet explaining that these legs were life changing. I was so happy for them but also envied them because I to wanted something for me.
When I met Greg and his family it truly felt like an extension of my own. They are down to earth, patriotic, caring and compassionate and so welcoming. My time had come because Greg had designed a foot for symes that actually mounted in the top rear portion of the socket. This socket and foot have changed my life in so many ways. The simple task of walking is so smooth and comfortable. This foot gives me the feeling of a real foot. The toe to heel transitions is very smooth. I have some bones on the front and rear of my lower stump. Greg worked with me to design my socket to give relief in those areas. The front middle portion of my stump/leg takes a lot of pressure during transition. Greg placed special padding in those areas so I have no discomfort. The detail that was put into my socket and the position of the Cheetah Xplore has changed my life in so many ways. When Greg finished my leg I wanted to see how it would feel running. I will put my hand on the Bible that this is the truth. I went for a jog and ended up going 4 miles very comfortable. I hadn't run a quarter mile in the past 10 years due to my other leg being so uncomfortable. I have since been jogging 5 days a week with my black lab. I can say that the leg that Greg fitted me with has opened so many new doors. I wish this would've been available to me 25 years ago.
If a veteran or anyone in need has the opportunity and means to meet and be fitted by Greg Davidson Prosthetics their life will be changed in some way. Greg is the best in the world. My current socket and foot is the closest thing to what my real leg would be like.
I had the old-fashioned ‘peg leg’ prosthetic to begin with, but in February received the Cheetah.
It changed everything. Literally, a night and day difference. Shortly after getting fitted with this leg I was riding horses, walking stronger and feeling infinitely more comfortable. Because of its design, I can now 'feel’ the ground and am in great comfort.
First Amp ever in the Canyoneer Cow Canyon in Bluff, Utah. Modified Cheetah made it with flying colors. I've really tested it repelling, climbing, hiking, stemming, bridging...my shoes wore out, the Cheetah seemed to get stronger, more responsive. Jumping off things...pretty incredible. Many thanks again to Davidson Prosthetics!
My name is Carlo Adame and I’m an Active Duty Army Soldier and a member of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST). I’m a right side BKA. Greg Davidson was recommended to me by the WWAST, so I made the trip to Washington State. I was told that Greg is the best prosthetist in the business and after working with him for a few days I honestly believe that he is.
I went to see Greg to get the new Modified Cheetah as well as a new fit overall. The leg along with the flexible inner socket that he makes is absolutely amazing. It’s been about six weeks since my visit and my quality of life/athletic ability have improved greatly. Before I got the Cheetah I was running on the Flex run and playing ball with the Elite Blade. I had to switch legs depending on the activity I was doing. Now I do everything with my Modified Cheetah and I perform at a higher capacity than before. In the past six weeks I have put the Modified Cheetah through the test. I participate in Army Physical Fitness Training 5 days a week in which I out-perform several able bodied Soldiers in my unit, I’ve conquered obstacle course, I ride four wheelers, and I play softball regularly. I’ve tried several different legs in the past 3 years and not one has compared to the Modified Cheetah. No matter what I’m doing; walking, running, mudding, fishing in the river, or participating in sports, the Modified Cheetah is amazing. I am recommending this leg to any below knee amputee out there, whether young or old active or not
One more thing, Greg and his family are 100% outstanding Americans. He is a truly humbled person, very hospitable, and he will not let you leave his office if everything is not 100% perfect. Thank You for everything Greg, Cat, and Connor. Such an awesome family!!!
My name is Alicia. I have been an amputee since 2006. I lost my leg due to non-cancerous tumors. I have recently switched to the modified cheetah. It is amazing. By far the best leg I have ever had. It allows me to walk on uneven ground river rocks you name it it can be done. No leg is going to feel like a real one but this one comes very close. I'm so glad that I switched over to this I don't think that I will ever go back to a leg that looks "normal" Best of all it looks awesome. Thank you Greg and your team for all you do.
Compared to my conventional prosthesis Greg Davidson's modified version of the Cheetah Xtend for my Symes amputation is a life changer for me. The energy off the toe is incredible and something I haven't felt since before I was injured. With my old prosthesis I had no shock absorption which made running hard for me. This leg is designed perfect for me and my active lifestyle. Greg and his family's hospitality when I went to Seattle was special. They treated me like a part of their family and I am extremely grateful for that. Greg is the hardest working man I've ever known and his desire for making specialized prosthesis for active people is incredible. I want to thank you and your family again Greg for building this leg for me and accepting me as a part of your family!
I can't thank you enough for the hospitality and work you have put in for myself. This leg has allowed me to feel as normal as I have since I lost my leg. The performance of it has no comparison. Thank you so much for everything. You and your family are absolutely wonderful. The impact the leg makes is incomparable and I try to spread that as much as possible. I really don't think I was as comfortable at pushing myself as I am now. The leg speaks for itself it only takes convincing people that they don't have to settle for crap! I hope to send more your way! Thanks for everything and I hope to see you guys again soon! Tell the fam I said hello!
CHANGING LIVES ONE LEG AT A TIME
On October 30, 2013 I had the great privilege of trying on my brand-new modified cheetah legs. I have been an amputee for five years and have gone through three different sets of legs. From the moment I stood up, without even taking a step, I knew that these legs were different. As a bilateral amputee, when I stand up, every muscle in my body fires as I try to find that perfect center point to balance on. With the modified cheetahs, standing felt like I had my whole foot to stand on...like I was standing on a platform instead of trying to keep my balance on top of a tennis ball. So far, so good! I then took five steps with my new legs and tears started to run down my face. Walking had never felt so natural since I had my own legs/feet! I knew from that moment, that my life was going to be changed as a bilateral amputee. I am going to be able to do more things than I ever thought that I could do before. After a few minutes of trying to compose myself from the joy that I was feeling, I couldn't stop telling Greg how fantastic and innovative these legs were. As I said before, they felt like the closest feeling to walking on real feet that I could possibly get as an amputee. It feels like I have miniature trampolines on the bottom of my feet. I have had these new legs for two weeks now and I can jump with them! I can dance better with them! I can do so many more activities with these legs on account of added endurance and stamina. I am even thinking that getting a seeing eye dog might be a possibility for me now! Did I forget to mention that I am blind, as well? That is why I emphasize how amazing these legs feel, because that is how I get around for the most part...by feel. My name is Carol Decker. I am 38 years old, a mother of two young girls, and happily married to the love of my life. My new legs that Greg has made me, have made it possible for me to be a better mother, and a better wife and a better person in my community. I feel honored and privileged to be able to wear the most innovative legs that Greg Davidson has made,thus far. I know that he will continue to think outside the box for all of us amputees and our individual needs. He is truly amazing and inspiring to me as a human being and what he makes possible for so many.
My name is Geneo Blitch I am a way above the knee amputee.In 2003 I was in a head on collision involving me and my bike and an SUV. For the first 6 yrs or so after my accident I went through hell with my prosthetic...I always had some sort of issue with it giving me sores and not fitting. I've had three major surgeries because of it. My Dr. at the time told me this was just how my life was going to be...live with it! The day I met Greg Davidson was a new beginning for me, I had gone in to get bandages and things and came out with a whole new outlook on life. He asked me if I wanted to just bandage the sores or figure out why they were happening and FIX that!! I of course chose the fixing and have not looked back since.Greg realized I was paying for Mercedes parts and getting Kia ones! I had a liner and socket that was designed for a below the knee amputee that was the cause of all my years of pain. I can now walk three times as long as I used to, I ride my Harley for lengths of time. And I am forever grateful to Greg for being such a caring human being. He has been a Godsend to me.
My name is Josh, and I'm part of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. I made a trip to Washington state, to work with Greg Davidson. I am constantly on the look out for prosthetics that can improve my athletic ability, (because of the softball team) but more importantly improve my quality of life. I was the first bilateral amputee to be fit with the Modified Cheetah, and I can attest to their function. I have almost tripled my energy return and dropped two pounds of prosthetic material on each leg.
I can attest to the strength of the Modified Cheetah first hand because I wear them on a day to day basis. I put it through the daily grind of life, but I also workout, and play softball regularly. The Modified Cheetah has improved all aspects of my life. I feel less fatigued through daily activities; cleaning, housework, driving, etc. Athletically I am able to run on a treadmill longer and push myself further to get a full work out. My speed, reaction time, and base running have doubled.
This prosthetic isn't just for the athletic type amputee. It improves gait, and with less weight and improved energy output it fits most below knee applications.
My name is Jourdan, and I am a right leg below knee amputee that is currently using the modified cheetah and use it for every activity except long distance running. I have had a lot of great ankles like the V.S.P., the Iwalk BIOM, the Reflex rotate and other great ankles. I swore up and down on the V.S.P. for sports and staying on active duty but when Greg made me my modified cheetah it was like I had a block of concrete on my leg when compared to the modified cheetah. I am looking for one leg that I can use for everything and with the modified cheetah I have found it. It works in water, sand, mud and snow with no problems. One of the greatest things is that it fits into my combat boots very easily unlike my V.S.P.. The weight of the modified cheetah alone is night and day to anything that I have used before and how easy I can go from walking to running or sprinting without having to change out legs is a huge benefit to myself and others that I know have and are using the modified cheetah that Greg is making. I am so excited about this leg that I have told my friends that are on active duty that swear by other legs that they need to try this one due to how much return the leg gives back and how little the leg weights. I will be glad to talk with anyone about how the modified cheetah has helped me and what I think about how beneficial this leg is to so many people and what a difference it can make.
Greg, it's the greatest leg I've put on. I've seen the videos and heard other testimonials and was chomping at the bit to get into one. The moment I put it on I knew it was going to be a game changer. It boosted my confidence with its first step. It'll take me from what I might do to what I will do.
Words can't express how grateful I am for Greg Davidson from Davidson Prosthetics for devoting his time and patience on creating my first ever pain free socket. The new cheetah explore he created is like no other. I feel so much faster and lighter. I can't wait to put it into use to see the many improvements. I have to get used to my new leg because it's gives so much more of my returned energy into what I'm doing, and I'm not used to that. Thank you for WWSAT and 4 the fallen for making this happen. A big thank you to Greg for taking his time away from his birthday, family, weekend, holiday, and last minute scheduling to help me have the best prosthesis in the world to continue being the best that I can be.