Gregg Rappe was on his way to high school football practice back in 1973 when a car ran a stop sign and broadsided the motorcycle he was riding. He suffered multiple injuries, the most severe one being his left ankle, which was virtually shattered. His doctors at The Mayo Clinic did the best they could to put him back together, but the traumatic ankle injury was a constant reminder of the accident.
When he “hobbled” into Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, as he describes it, Rappe had just about given up. His ankle had deteriorated badly over the years and arthritis had set in. By 2013, his range of motion was less than 25 percent. He was living with constant pain and taking large amounts of pain medication. He’d had enough. Rappe told Dr. Steven Haddad he wanted an amputation and a prosthetic device.