Customising my callipers

My callipers
My callipers

For a while now I have been toying with the idea of customising my callipers. It’s not that I don’t like them the way they are or that I’m ashamed to wear them or anything I just think they look a bit…well, dull. I never bother to hide them under my jeans and just wear them on the outside of them in plain sight. When I first got them I was still using my old kaye walker Betsy which was silver, but now that I have Martha in all her blue glory, I think they could do with jazzing up a bit.

When I used to wear AFO leg splints I had them in all kinds of varieties from swirly blue patterns, to butterflies and Tweety Pie.  My first pair of leg gaiters that I used to sleep in at night had the 100 Acre Wood and Winnie the Pooh.

My walking frames too have not been exempt coming in a range of colours, some of them being given names and sometimes having little mementos from holidays and various events like ribbons.

I know that not everything I use over the years and look interesting but that doesn’t mean that I can’t do it for myself. The thing is, now that I’m getting older I’m not really sure how to go about doing it. Now that I’m looking for work I don’t think it would be very acceptable for me to cover them in stickers or glitter anymore.

I was thinking that maybe I could paint them but then I have to decide on a colour. I could paint them black so that they would go with anything, but then purple in my favourite colour but I’m not sure if it would be frowned upon.

I may not end up customising them at all but it’s something that I would quite like to do if I can find a good and simple way of doing it.

If you have an idea or opinions of if and how I could do it, let me know. If you think it’s a bad idea, tell me that too.

6 thoughts on “Customising my callipers

  1. Do it. The fact that you’re embracing you’re disability is a good thing and showing a bit of personality in this way is to be encouraged. When people break their arms/legs, people sign their casts. There is no reason you shouldn’t show the same level of personality with you Callipers. Personally I like the painting them purple idea.


  2. Sounds awesome! I saw an article on a person who had a prosthetic leg and they made it bright red with patterns on it. I loved it. Maybe you could make some covers that you could change over? Kinda like the way epaulettes go onto a shirt, that sort of idea. That way you could have boring ones for work and fun ones for partying. lol. 🙂 I think paint would come off and just look crappy after a while.


  3. Thanks! I hadn’t thought about it like the before with people signing casts and stuff. I think i will paint them or wrap ribbon around them.


  4. Go for it!!!
    I have cp, and wear afo splints, I use vinyl stickers on them. On my left which is purple, I have a lady gaga born this way sticker and on my right which is black I have a purple union jack.
    I also have denim gaiters.


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