February 13, 2020

Rockclimbing Goals

This video was taken in late 2019 and it is a little grainy to see but it personifies #2020goals for many people with disabilities. Whatever your situation, you want to work to get #moving again. Whether it is walking to the mailbox, running on the beach, shopping in the mall, or climbing a wall!

Duane B. is a patient of Brian Clark, CPO. Duane has a below-knee amputation as a result of a work accident and infection. He has been fit with an Alpha Select Hybrid Cushion liner from WillowWood and a Freedom Maverick Xtreme AT foot. It is expected that Duane will return to many of his pre-amputation activities of hiking, running, 4 wheeling, fishing, camping, and vacationing to Maine at the beach! Stay tuned, more to come from Duane!

#ampstrong #freedom #rockclimbing #alpha #willowwood #amplify #saratoga #goals

September 19, 2019

Patient Spotlight - George B.

George 8. is a long-time patient of Sampson's, 27 years in fact. He became a transtibial amputee following a motorcycle accident while working in Wisconsin. Although he was fitted with a prosthesis there, he preferred using crutches. "I was 25 years old and there were more important things to do than figure out how to get a leg on," he said.

George eventually did get to wearing a prosthesis, the old-school strap and harness variety."When I finally got to Sampson's in 1997, Bill confiscated my prosthesis because it was causing damage to my stump and not a good fit any longer. Bill fitted me with my first vacuum socket system:"

George is a very active amputee, working in RV service. "I'm behind the counter, but between checking RVs in, walking to the back of the shop or the back of the lot, I'm on my feet most of the day, walking between three and five miles and that doesn't count around the house stuff:"

George walks so well that customers don't realize he is an am put ee. "People talk about appearances and it's always not about appearances, it 's about attitude and how you handle things. That is where I'm at:"

January 18, 2019

Patient Spotlight - Arlan

October 18, 2018

Patient Spotlight - Dean S.

Dean S. has an uncommon disorder that causes inflammation of the blood vessels in the nose, sinuses, throat, lungs and kidneys. It also destroyed the nerves in his legs, which brought him to Sampson's to be fitted with AFOs.

"My AFOs support me from my ankles to knee caps and they enable me to do a lot," he said. That includes allowing him to pursue his favorite sport - deer hunting. "This past year I climbed a mountain with my cousin and got a nice 8-pointer," he said.

Dean continues to work hard to improve his mobility, going to the gym to work his legs, arms, chest and upper body strength. "I get out and enjoy life and make the best of it."

October 9, 2018

Frostbite leads to Partial Finger Amputation

MCPDrive™ is a prosthesis from Naked Prosthetics that restores strength and articulation for those amputees who've suffered an amputation closer to the hand. Through movement of the MCP joint, or knuckle, the prosthesis mimics the flexion and extension of a natural finger. Bill Sampson, CP, LP, fit patient and engineer, Pat C., and almost immediately he gained dexterity and confidence. Pat's fingers were amputated as a result of frostbite. If you have questions on partial finger prostheses or want to schedule a free consultation, please give us a call at 518-374-6011.

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August 30, 2018

Patient Spotlight - Cathy C.

For Cathy C., every day is filled with exciting challenges and activities to stake her claim as a warrior against sarcoma! Sampson's Radha Bakshi, CPO, LPO, recently fit Cathy with a custom partial foot silicone restoration prosthesis. When she was diagnosed with sarcoma and had a resulting right partial foot amputation, Cathy decided to meet her challenges head-on. She is a high school teacher and on her feet the majority of the day. Since we started working with her for her two different style partial foot prostheses, Cathy has been able to return to stand comfortably for the full day while teaching. She has also been able to return to an active lifestyle, including hiking, yoga, and horseback riding with support and comfort. Cathy is truly an inspiration and we are proud to be a part of her prosthetic care. Keep on climbing Cathy!


August 6, 2018

Patient Spotlight - Greg R.

On his way home from work on a road that he had traveled on his motorcycle dozens of times, a car rolled through a stop sign causing Greg R. to veer off the road. He went into the guardrail, where his foot caught and was almost completely torn off. The motorcycle was destroyed.

Doctors managed to keep the foot attached, but knowing he would be facing multiple surgeries, and not having a fully functional foot, Greg opted for amputation. He was back to work 4.5 months later, using a cane for only a month before discarding it.

"I'm a manufacturing manager and the building is about 150,000 square feet. I walk that floor every day, five miles a day. That was my rehab - stepping over power cables, stepping over hydraulic lines, and cutting around corners.

"I could have rolled over, felt sorry for myself, laid on the couch for the rest of my life and be paid for it. But that's not me, that's not who I am and that is not the way I was raised. So I grabbed the bull by the horns and moved forward.

"People ask me how long it took to get used to using a prosthesis. I'm not used to it. I'm accustomed to it. I'll never be used to it because I want my foot back. I'm accustomed to the fact that I've been given a tool to use to walk. I've been taking walking for granted all my life, so now every time I put a foot down, I'm thankful I'm able to put a foot down."

Greg's passion for motorcycle riding continues. "There is a Harley in the garage and I'm doing some personalization to it. I'm riding up and down our driveway and I'm working on foot braking. I've been riding since I was 19 and I love it. The driver took my foot; she didn't take my desire to ride. I'm not going to let somebody take something from me that belongs to me. She doesn't get to win; I do."

July 13, 2018

Patient Spotlight - Greg L.

#GetYourMotorRunning Vietnam Vet Greg L. has been a Sampson’s patient for more than 50 years. He is wearing an external transradial, myolelectric with single site snap electrodes. His terminal device is a Motion Control, Inc. Fillauer ETD Flag which can be switched out for an Össur Touch Bionics Quantum Hand. He is ready to ride. Pictured with our own Bill Sampson, CP.

May 9, 2018

Patient Spotlight - Kyle S.

Kyle S. has goals. Recently he signed up for Run The Ridge, July 14 in Schenectady. Kyle is a husband, father of three young children. He is an ER nurse works who 16 hour shifts. He also works as a flight nurse traveling around the world transporting patients,

Recently Kyle was fit with bilateral, transtibial suction suspension prostheses with Ability Dynamics RUSH Foot HiPros. Kyle is a pretty amazing man and accomplishes much every day. We are proud to be part of Kyle's team, providing him with high performance prosthetics for many years. Check out this workout video! He is training for the Run the Ridge at Maple Ski Ridge

April 23, 2018

All Smiles!

A typical day at Sampson’s, “Peaches” stops for a photo op after his appointment with certified prosthetic assistant, Ellie Thompson! Peaches sporting an all-American look with his USA hockey shirt, Harley-Davidson custom socket, and Rush HiPro® Foot. #AllSmiles

April 19, 2018

Believe in Possible!

Check out our patient's pose and new socket - a more modern version of Rosie the Riveter! And the message on her t-shirt: Believe in Possible! She embodies the POSITIVE ATTITUDE we should all have! We celebrate her, and all spunky amputees, this third week of Limb Loss Awareness Month! #LLAM

October 30, 2017

Motivated Mom

Check out this super motivated mom and Sampson’s patient! She underwent Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR) surgery and was fit with an external power prosthesis. With the use of different terminal devices, this wife and mom of three young boys, can “sweep up a mess” or “stay in shape”!


Mary F. and Sandy L.
Up to two years ago, Bill Sampson’s patients Mary F. and Sandy L. didn’t know each other, although both suffered traumatic amputations in motorcycle accidents in 2014.
Andre J.
There is really nothing that stops Sampson’s patient Andre J. from doing what she wants to do. She long ago resolved to live life to the fullest after being injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a drunk driver.
Patrick C.
Sampson's patient Patrick C. has had a rough go the past couple of years. The-retired Marine sergeant and 28-year veteran of the Kingston Police Department, was enjoying his retirement until circulation problems as a result of his Type 2 diabetes hit him hard.
Dennis G.
Dennis G. Personifies the Can-Do Expression, "Attitude Is Everything!": Dennis, 57, is a below-knee and below-elbow amputee, but you would never know it from the life he leads - sportsman, a Professional Geologist, and having a passion for taking things apart and putting them back together again.
Mary F.
Back On The Road Again: Cycle accident doesn't curb amputee's need to feel the wind.
Sandy P.
Keeping Up With Sandy P.: Sandy P. has a daily schedule that would wear many people out just hearing about it. She's a full-time teaching assistant in the Scotia-Glenville Central School District, an after-school tutor, and a certified personal trainer at Precise Fitness and Training. In her "free" time, she's an avid hiker, biker and gardener. Oh yes, she also is an above-knee amputee at mid-thigh, but that doesn't slow her down a bit.
John C.
Sampson's Patient First in Capital Region to Have TMR Surgery: On December 11, 2010, John C.'s life changed forever when the vehicle he was driving crashed on the New York State Thruway. Trauma included the loss of his arm, broken ribs, and neck and back injuries. "The last thing I remember was a coughing fit and the helicopter ride to Albany Medical Center. I didn't even know I lost my arm until three days later," he recalled.
Erica K.
Sampson's Expertise Puts Erica Back on Two Feet with Unique Socket Design: Bill Sampson, CP, has been elevated to "prosthetic god" status, at least according to amputee Erica K. who used those words, albeit chuckling, to describe how good she felt after being fit with the Marlo Anatomical Socket, better known as MAS.
Jason K.
Amputation doesn't keep Jason K. from his passion of bronc busting: Take one determined cowboy, one bucking horse, a judge's score that counts points for the horse's bucking action and the rider's technical expertise, and you have the makings of classic rodeo saddle bronc riding.
Bernice D.
Sampson's Patient Fit with New Hydraulic Hip Joint System: Bernice D. has been a hip disarticulation amputee for most of her life after having lost her leg to an osteosarcoma bone tumor when she was 16 years old. She has never let her degree of amputation slow her down - she has a successful career and enjoys golf, kayaking, and swimming. However, Bernice recently found a higher degree of mobility and comfort with the Helix3D Hip Joint System from Otto Bock.
Terry F.
From Wooden Legs and Leather Straps to Vacuum Suspension: In the not too distant past, before carbon fiber, CAD/CAM design, computerized knees, energy-storing feet, and other high-tech innovations, prosthetic components were wood, leather, or metal with straps and belts for suspension, designs that had changed little since the Civil War. However, since the late 1970s, methods, materials, and technology have moved componentry to state-of-the-art, with no end in sight.

April 14, 2017

Check out this story about Sampson's patient and Albany County Sheriff Deputy Greg Stiglmeier. Watch the interview with Bill Sampson and the web extra. It's an inspirational story for Limb Loss Awareness Month.

Sampson’s patient Mary F. emailed us these photos from her vacation in Florida. Fitted by Bill Sampson, CP, Mary wears an elevated vacuum system and Ottobock’s X3 knee. Wearing her prosthesis in and out of water, Mary had no issues and said it was the best experience of her life!


Vietnam Vet Shares Story of Recovery

Sampson's patient Ned, a Vietnam Vet and amputee, was profiled in a recent issue of the VVA Magazine.

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Cycle accident doesn't curb amputee's need to feel the wind

A trike is a new style of riding for Mary, who became an amputee after a horrific accident in August 2013. To suit her active lifestyle, Bill Sampson, CP, fit her with the Harmony Elevated Vacuum System and a C-Leg. After such a serious accident many people might give up the motorcycle for good, but not Mary.

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Patient Gets Relief from Excessive Sweating with Botox® Injections

When above-knee amputee Ann S. experienced excessive sweating in her socket and on her residual limb, she lost suction suspension and did not feel secure walking in her prosthesis. As a very active amputee, she didn’t want to be limited by down time to take off her socket, dry the sweat, only to have it return again in a short period.

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Sub-Atmospheric Socket Provides Comfort and Flexibility for Longtime Patient

One of the most dangerous farm machines is the hay baler, a tractor accessory that ties and bundles hay into bales. Every year, hundreds are injured as a result of being crushed or pulled into a baler. Such is the case with Sampson's patient David S., who lost his leg in a nasty baler accident in the early 1970s.

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