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Redskins and Nationals prosthetic legs

Redskins prosthetic leg (courtesy Charles Crone)

Die-hard sports fans, who also happen to be amputees, have a place to go if they want their prosthetics decked out in their favorite team colors. Charles Crone is a certified prosthetist who works for Hanger Inc. in Fairfax. While he bears witness to a number of unfortunate stories of lost limbs, one of the uplifting parts of his job for both him and the client involves personalizing the prostheses (See: “Pimp your ride: Personalized prostheses“). This includes, of course, D.C. area sports teams.

While Crone isn’t the only prosthetist  to make Redskins-themed legs (or, more specifically, an RGIII leg), he has made Capitals, Nationals, and even a GW basketball logo and an American Eagle.

The legs are made by sewing a T-shirt around a cast, then embedding liquid acrylic plastic into the custom material and the carbon fiber underneath. The cost of the below-the-knee prostheses often ranges from $10,000 to $35,000, with each one lasting between three and eight years. Clients have returned for second, and even third legs with new team patterns. Here are photos Crone provided of the Redskins and Nationals. No sign of the Washington Wizards yet.

Redskins prosthetic legs (courtesy Charles Crone)
Redskins prosthetic legs. (courtesy Charles Crone)

Lou W. and his Nats prosthetic leg. (courtesy Charles Crone)

Left, a T-shirt is sewed up and wrapped around the cast. Right, the massaged liquid acrylic plastic is embedded into the custom material and the carbon fiber underneath. (Photos courtesy Charles Crone)
Ben Sumner works in The Post’s IT department and writes for Capitals Outsider.



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