America’s Tallest Man, Igor Vovkivinsky Starts “Igor Needs Shoes” Campaign (Photo)

By on Mar 29, 2012 in Amazing, United States, Weird, World Comments
Igor Vovkovinskiy

America’s Tallest Man, Igor Vovkivinsky
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Igor Vovkivinsky, America’s tallest man, has started a fundraising campaign called “Igor Needs Shoes” to raise $16,000 to pay for his shoes, according to reports by several international news sites on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

Vovkivinsky, a paralegal student from Rochester, Minnesota, is Guinness World Recordstallest man in America with a height of 7-foot and 8.33-inch in 2010. He was a US immigrant from Ukraine.

After receiving his certificate two years ago, Vovkovinskiy said that “Guinness never contacted” him.

Vovkovinskiy was trying to raise money to fund his shoes that is estimated to be size 26 feet. Having no good shoes, Vovkovinskiy had 16 surgeries on his feet for the last five years.

According to Vovkovinskiy, his feet “are deformed terribly now. I have spent a total of 3 years on bed rest because none of my shoes have been made specifically for my feet. They rub, they make wounds. I have surgery, foot gets more deformed. They rub more, I have more surgery and so on. And the circle goes on.”

The circle can only be solved if Vovkovinskiy undergoes laser scans on each foot. Orthopedic shoe makers and doctors estimated the cost of the procedure at $16,000 inclusive of one pair of shoes. Future pair of shoes for Vovkovinskiy is about $200 each.

Below is Vovkovinskiy‘s explanation of the procedure to be done on his feet.

That means no outlining of the foot on paper, no making molds from stepping into styrofoam filled boxes, no measurements with a measuring tape. Each foot has to be scanned with a laser, so that every surface is seen. Where to give me four-point arch support, where the deformities and scars are, where everything is. Then they can mold a cast from the 3D computer model.

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