Meet Steven Crawford!

Who am I?
Steven Crawford is my name, but everyone calls me Stevie. I’m 34 years old and originally from Nashville, Tennessee. In a nutshell, I’m an athlete, a goofball, and an adrenaline junkie.
Currently, I reside in Denver, Colorado, and work as a bartender. However, as a Navy veteran, I previously served on a submarine, the USS Albany, for four years. I enjoy traveling the world; I’ve been on the move my whole life. Colorado is a great place for me now, as I love adventure, trying new things, and being outdoors. Even my below knee amputation doesn’t hinder me from doing just that.
 
What’s your story?
My journey with limb loss began in October 2019. While riding my motorcycle, I was nearly hit head-on by a pickup truck whose driver wasn’t paying attention. Although the doctors initially saved my leg, I developed an infection inside the bone after a few months. They informed me that saving my leg would require about three more years of surgeries, with only a 50/50 chance of success. Even if successful, I wouldn’t regain mobility in my ankle or be able to snowboard again. So, I made the decision to have it amputated, and it turned out to be the best decision I ever made.
 
What does “Xtend your life” mean to you?
To me, “Xtend your life” means stepping out of your comfort zone and embracing new experiences. It’s when we’re outside our comfort zone that we often experience the most growth and discover things we truly love and enjoy. All it takes is taking that first step and trying something new, and you might just fall in love with it. Personally, I’ve developed a passion for climbing and snowboarding. Last fall, I climbed a mountain in Ecuador, and a future goal of mine is to compete in the 2026 Paralympics in Italy. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll make the team.
 
 

 
Steven Crawford

Export Sales Area Manager wanted

We are now looking for an independent individual with the goal of increasing sales, market share, and margins. As the face of the company, your role will be to develop sales and build long-term customer relationships in the Nordic market, as well as through our distributors in selected countries in Europe.

This role is based in Sweden.
Read more at https://www.enoem.se/tjanster/export-area-sales-manager-100364/ and apply if you want to join our journey!

 

Say hi to our new dynamic duo in sales

We are delighted to welcome our new Territory Sales Managers – MJ McNeece and Amy Carr – to the company.   MJ will be responsible for the West of USA and work out of the city of Seattle, while Amy will have her base in Tampa overseeing the South East of the US.

To introduce MJ a bit further, she has a Bachelor in Communication & Public Relations and she brings a wealth of experience from her previous role as the Outreach Coordinator for Naked Prosthetics’ educational team. Her extensive background in advertising and marketing is also an asset, as it’s offering valuable insights into understanding the market.

Shifting our focus to Amy, she holds a Bachelor’s in Public Health and brings with her a background as a Sales Territory Manager for Alps in Florida. In her latest role, she worked with web development within her family’s business. Fortunately for us, she’s enthusiastic about making a return to the O&P Industry!

A warm welcome to our dream team, ladies!

 

Amy Carr and and MJ McNeece

The Xtend Foot Changed My Life

Hearing customer feedback is something we truly appreciate. Here’s some from Jerry Wilson, that works himself as a technician at an Orthopaedic clinic in North Carolina, USA.

For 14 years as a left transtibial amputee, finding the perfect prosthetic foot was an ongoing journey for Jerry. He tried numerous options, each with its strengths. Then, Jerry discovered the Xtend Foot.

“I’ve been wearing another foot for years due to its smooth rollover, but the Xtend foot changed the game. It outshines in balance and stability, crucial for my active lifestyle. Whether I’m working, tending to my yard, or simply living life, I’m on my feet for 14 to 16 hours daily” Jerry claims.

With other feet, uneven terrain was a challenge, causing instability and discomfort. The Xtend foot, however, offers unparalleled stability. Now walking on grass or any irregular surface feels planted and balanced, relieving the soreness and pain he used to experience in his stump.

Jerry shared with both his wife and prosthetist that the Xtend foot feels just like his natural foot. He no longer switch out feet; as this has become his go-to, and he claims it would take something truly exceptional to make him consider a change.

“The Xtend foot isn’t just a prosthetic; it’s become an integral part of my life, providing the stability and confidence I need in every step I take” says Jerry.

Thanks for you feedback Jerry, and continue enjoying life on all kinds of ground!

A greener footprint

Proudly presenting our brand new, environmentally friendly, and even more durable footshell with an extended warranty of 9 months.
As this footshell is made out of a bio-attributed PVC, that is 100% renewable, it heavily reduces the impact on the environment.
Also our new delivery box goes hand in hand with our green footprint, being smaller, from recycled material and with less color.

To further extend our assortment we also added more colors and you can now choose between Caucasian, Tan, Brown or Jet Black when it comes to skin tone.
The spectra sock delivered with the footshell will be sleek black going forward and to secure the perfect fit it comes in three sizes.

Enjoy the changes, and read all about Xtend Foot and its benefits at Xtend Foot Product page

Meet Sydney Marshburn!

Who are you?

My name is Sydney Marshburn and I am a recent above-knee amputee and the newest edition to the Lindhe Xtend Ambassadors! I am currently the Events & Outreach Manager at the Range of Motion Project (ROMP) and an amputee mentor at Click Medical.  My life goal is to qualify for Team USA’s Para Alpine Ski team.  

What’s your story?

Before my amputation, my body had been dealing with multiple life-threatening conditions and had been in survival mode for years. Four months before I became an amputee, doctors told me I would have to accept being in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. As a 22-year-old, this news was hard to process. Prior to my medical conditions becoming severe and unmanageable, I was a competitive swimmer from age nine to my senior year of high school; I led a very active lifestyle. In 2017 I was formally diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a progressive genetic condition caused by a defect in collagen. From that point on, my life revolved around hospital visits and surgeries. Ehlers-Danlos complications and its co-morbidities ultimately led to the amputation of my left leg.

In 2017, I had my first spinal fusion surgery. The operation was successful but left behind a rare complication called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) in my left leg. I was being burned alive from the inside out. CRPS caused infections that would last 7 months at a time and would be made worse by the EDS (every time I dislocated/subluxed my left ankle or knee I would be left on fire for months). This happened for 4 years: ages 18 to 22. It got to the point where I couldn’t even sleep in my own bed or wear pants because having anything touch my skin made it burn even more. My condition progressed no matter what we tried. Doctors initially dismissed me but my blisters, swelling, and pain became too intense to ignore.

In August 2021, my leg became infected (due to the CRPS) and it started spreading. My surgeon said he would not be able to save my knee or anything below it and it would have to go ASAP, as it had become life threatening. 36 hours later, I lost my leg.

What does Xtend Your Life mean to you?

To me, “Xtend Your Life” is a mindset that means I have the tools necessary to live my life to the fullest.  I plan to make the most of any situation that comes my way.  The Lindhe Xtend prosthetic foot allows me to expand my limitations and adventure further than I ever could with two human legs. 

Follow her on instagram @Sydneym87

Meet Capt Diane

Who are you? 
I’m Diane Pollock, a boat captain with a BAEd degree in Education with a specialization in Math.  I returned to college in my late 30’s working towards a degree in Physical Therapy, but I couldn’t resist the pull of the ocean and pursuing a life on the water.  I grew up on the Georgia/Florida line on the St. Mary’s River and the surrounding barrier islands.  After being a sponsored competitive rower for 3 years on a national level, I was given medical clearance as an above knee amputee from the US Coast Guard to become a licensed boat Captain, so in 2011, I became a charter boat captain.  I also serve in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary as a Coxswain conducting marine patrols on our local waters.

What’s your story?
I lost my leg above the knee in 2002 at the age of 32 as a result of osteomyelitis after a knee surgery to realign my patella.  I fought the infection for 9 months before being given the choice of an above knee amputation or a straight-leg fusion with a titanium rod running through the knee joint.    I had been locked out straight in a full leg brace for months, so I chose the amputation.  If I had chosen the fusion surgery and the infection returned, I would have lost the leg at an even higher level.

What does Xtend Your life mean to you?
For me “Xtend Your Life” means pushing the limits in everything I pursue.  I have found that most limits are usually self-imposed when I put my mind to something.  After the amputation, I became more sensitive to all of the controls I need to exercise to maximize my potential in everything.  As a result, I feel like I’m healthier than I was before the amputation.  My life is lived in some of the harshest environments.  For me the durability of the Lindhe Xtend products are vital to me staying active on the boat and in the saltwater lifestyle.

 

Follow Diane at Instagram @nolimitschartersllc

 

New member of the Lindhe Xtend family

So excited to introduce our new Sales and Marketing Assistant – Linus Månsson. A super team-spirited person and true gourmand, that will support sales and distribution globally and help develop content and communication for all our channels. Linus has the perfect background with a bachelors degree in International Marketing from Halmstad University, as well as a great customer mind-set and analytical skills. When not working and spreading good vibes at the office, Linus loves being out on the mountain bike or swinging a padel racket.

Welcome Linus! So great that you want to join the journey.

 

Master of data in place

Now we have one more Magnus at the company –  who goes by the nick name Hagge as his last name is Hagberg – not to get him mixed up with our CFO. Magnus is hired as a Supply Chain and Operations Assistant and is a trained business administrator with previous experience as a project coordinator and masters excel at top level both privately as well as at work. Magnus also has great experience with purchasing, warehouse planning and needs assessment which really will come in handy considering our future here at Lindhe Xtend.

Even if structure, numbers and data makes Magnus tick, … he also has a more creative side, being a photographer as well as writing his own music on his electric bass. Training and health is another hobby and we can testify that we already experienced his great sense of humour.

 

Welcome and hope you will like it here Magnus!

Pushing development

Lots of user needs to take care of – so of course we need even more skilled people in our product development team.
So happy to present Isabelle (Bella) Buonassisi, a Biomechanical Engineer who really understands the combination human body and mechanical design, and who truly loves helping end users to a more active and free life.

Bella already has a lot of previous experience from development projects within Medtech, and with us she will work both with new development as well as improving existing product lines.

Outside work you will find Bella travelling the world, kitesurfing, lifting weights, or just out in nature with her cool Amstaff Lexi.

Welcome Bella- you are just the perfect fit for us!