Prosthetic Leg Information – Rinella Orthotics & Prosthetics, Inc. – 815-717-8970
The following blog post will touch on many topics within the general category of prosthetics. We will talk about :
1.) Prosthetic Leg Cost 2.) Below The Knee Prosthetic Legs 3.) Prosthetic Leg Types 4.) “Prosthetic Legs for Sale” 5.) Prosthetic Leg Companies 6.) How Does A Prosthetic Leg Work 7.) Prosthetic Legs For Running Purposes 8.) Prosthetic Leg History 9.) Athletic Prosthetic Leg Cost 10.) Prosthetic Legs Above Knee 11.) Best Prosthetic Leg Below Knee 12.) AK Prosthetics Prosthetic Leg Cost
Much of the idea of cost that surrounds a prosthetic leg will have a direct correlation with the length of the prosthetic leg (below knee or above knee) and will also relate directly to its componentry. In other words, one that has a more simple design will not cost as much as a prosthesis that is made for an olympic athlete. – This is obvious. These are just general costs, but a more simple style below knee prosthesis can cost between $6000 – $10,000. However, paying for a prosthesis out right is not common. Many health insurance plans will cover a prosthesis according to the benefits set forth within the plan.
Prosthetic legs that involve a knee get more expensive. In other words, a knee that is made for someone who can only walk 100 steps will definitely not cost the same as one that is made for a competitive athlete. “Simple”, if you will, above knee prosthetic leg cost would be $15,000, while others with more complex knees can easily surpass the $50,000 marker. The truth is, as with many things, if we gave you a set dollar amount, this would not account for variances amongst amputees and the componentry involved in each unique case. Everyone one is unique and therefore each prosthesis is unique in the way that it fits and functions.
Below The Knee Prosthetic Legs
The best are typically custom made. They typically consist of a custom “socket”. This is a term that refers to the part of the prosthesis that holds / contains an amputees residual limb. They can be made of plastic or carbon graphite. The socket is then connected to the prosthetic foot by something called a pylon. You can see the picture below that shows a pylon. It looks like what would be the person’s leg. Below are some variations of prosthetic legs that are for below the knee amputees. The person’s finger in the photo is pointing to the sleeve in the prosthesis. Please look above the foot to view the pylon.
Prosthetic Leg Types
Prostheses that are designed for the lower extremity help to replace limbs at various levels of amputation. If we are to focus directly on prosthetic leg types, we can talk about hip disacticulation, transfemoral, knee disarticulation and transtibial prostheses. Prosthetics do not stop there. You can have an upper extremity or partial foot amputation as well. The two main types that you will see when it comes to prosthetic legs are the transtibial and (less commonly) the transfemoral prosthesis. – When we refer to a transtibial prosthesis we are talking about an amputation that transects the tibia. Trans-femoral prostheses transect the femur.
As a rule of thumb, a person who is using a transtibial prosthesis is typically more able to regain normal movement more readily than an individual who has had a transfemoral amputation. A lot more energy is used for a transfemoral amputee to walk around than that of a below knee amputee. People sometimes refer to a below knee prosthesis as a “BK”, while an above knee would be an “AK”. For more information on the various types, feel free to give us a call with questions. 815-717-8970
“Prosthetic Legs for Sale”
From time to time, you may see a sign up on craigslist or something like this for a “prosthetic leg for sale”. Other internet auctions may even attempt to sell them. We highly discourage this buying / selling approach. While it is possible that you get “lucky” and buy the perfect leg from an online garage sale, chances are that you will suffer not only in the short term, but the longer term as well. Faulty / used components, a poorly fitting socket or an old foot can quickly lead to a fall and a subsequent injury. Please do yourself or anyone you know a favor that is looking for a quick purchase and avoid them at all costs. A prosthesis of any kind should be provided by a licensed professional.
Prosthetic Leg Companies (Example : Rinella Orthotics & Prosthetics, Inc. 815.717.8970)
Professionals in the prosthetic industry are known as prosthetists. Looking for a local company can be as easy as going to google and typing in your town or zip code. When you go to one of these companies it is best to ask if they have a BOC or ABC certified and licensed prosthetist on staff. This is the best question you can ask. Some companies do home visits for patients that are in the hospital, at a nursing home or at their own residence. We suggest that you work with a company that does all of the above.
6.) How Does A Prosthetic Leg Work
If you’re fortunate enough have all of your arms and legs, chances are that you take them for granted. The human body is a remarkable piece of biological machinery, and your limbs are no exception. For example, consider the delicate and complex tasks hands can perform, such as writing in calligraphy or playing the violin. At the same time, hands have the strength and durability required to grip heavy objects and withstand impacts. Legs are equally impressive, enabling a person to run long distances without tiring and navigate across uncertain terrains.
When someone loses a limb due to injury or disease, the rich functionality once offered by that limb is lost as well. An upper extremity amputation, involving the loss of all or part of an arm, might mean the loss of the ability to perform job skills or normal activities of daily living. For a lower extremity amputee, someone missing portions of one or more legs, this could mean the loss of the ability to walk or run
7.) Prosthetic Legs For Running Purposes 8.) Prosthetic Leg History
Ancient literature contains references to prosthetic limbs in stories and poems, but some of the earliest historical accounts of prosthetic limb use were recorded in Greek and Roman times. For instance, there’s the historical account of of Marcus Sergius, a Roman general who lost his right hand while battling in the second Punic War. Famously, he had a replacement hand fashioned out of iron for the purpose of holding his shield and was able to return to battle and continue fighting.
In the year 2000, researchers in Cairo, Egypt, unearthed what they believe to be the oldest documented artificial body part — a prosthetic toe made of wood and leather. The device, found attached to the nearly 3,000-year-old mumified remains of an Egyptian noblewoman, is a good representation of how little prosthetic limbs have changed throughout history. With the exception of very recent times, prosthetic devices have been constructed of basic materials, such as wood and metal, and held to the body with leather attachments.
9.) Athletic Prosthetic Leg Cost 10.) Prosthetic Legs Above Knee 11.) Best Prosthetic Leg Below Knee 12.) AK Prosthetics