artificial limbs
20 Jun
Karson Milsteadt

Karson Milsteadt is a typical teenager who plays basketball, runs track, and pitches for his high school baseball team. What you wouldn’t know from just watching this young man that he has a prosthetic leg.

Born with a condition that resulted from constricted blood flow to portions of the fetus, Karson’s right leg was amputated below the knee before he was a year old. For most of his life, the family relied on prostheses from Shriners Hospital. But Karson’s growing love of sports required a sports prosthesis to keep up with his active lifestyle.

Karson’s baseball coach, Matt Plummer, was instrumental in contacting CPO, who helped design a custom-made sports prostheses. In addition to being more comfortable, the new prosthesis allows him to run with less effort, pivot, and absorb the force of his body when he steps off the pitcher’s mound. His mom, Aimee, says, “I think his activity level has probably doubled.”

“What sets CPO apart are the little things,” says Aimee. “Since Don is an amputee himself, he knows. He’s been there.” Coach Plummer is a fan of Don’s as well. “Everything that I’ve seen him do and every word that comes out of his mouth has been just been sheer generosity. I just can’t thank him enough for what he’s done for Karson.”