Clarke – Parital Foot Amputation

Clarke – Parital Foot Amputation

WEBCLARKEPIC   CLARKE is a 35 year old male who resides in Broadnax, VA, in Brunswick County. He manages one of his father’s dairy farms of 300 dairy head. Additionally, he grows 1,200 acres of corn, 500 acres of soybeans, 500 acres of wheat and 400 acres of hay land. Clarke has been working on the family farm since he was 10 years old. In May 2010, Clarke suffered a serious injury when a soil pan mover hitch fell on his right foot. The injury resulted in the amputation of all of the toes on his right foot, except for his big toe. The loss of toes caused significant tenderness and pain to his foot. He also had a great deal of trouble maintaining his balance, particularly when walking on unleveled ground, resulting in frequent falls, thereby increasing his chances of a secondary injury. Clarke was treated for his injury by West End Orthopedics in Richmond. Part of the prescribed care was a prescription for a prosthetic foot to compensate for the lost toes. He was referred to Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics to have a prosthesis designed. Clarke also applied to Workmen’s Comp to cover the costs of the prosthesis. Unfortunately, a series of confusing communications, bureaucratic obstacles, and scheduling conflicts between the three offices, over a period of weeks, left Clarke giving up on ever getting the prosthesis. This is where AgrAbility stepped in. Service Coordinator, Joe Young, diligently and patiently contacted and worked with all the involved parties until Clarke was fitted with his prosthesis. The prosthesis has made a tremendous improvement in Clarke’s mobility and his ability to perform his farm work. He can now stand on uneven surfaces and maintain his balance. He is even able to run, now, without losing his balance and falling. Clarke is very grateful for the assistance that he received from AgrAbility, and thinks he would never have received the prosthetic without the intervention of AgrAbility.