Are you a new amputee or are you an experienced prosthetic user?
The next important question for most patients is are you happy with your prosthetic care?
Having a prosthetist that really listens to you and thinks about your needs in detail is very important. Some people in the field know how to make prosthetic limbs to help you walk better but there is another level that you should be searching for as a prosthetic user. The prosthetist should be able to listen to all of the details and scenarios that you encounter in your daily life. All the details of your daily life come together to help show your prosthetist what kind of leg you will need. Details about your hand strength for example, what you do for a living, how much swelling you have on a day-to-day basis, what your goals are,… these are all very important details that need to be incorporated into the prosthesis that you will eventually be wearing and using.
There are many different styles of a prosthesis that you should be aware of. Many of the differences have to do with the foot that you would use; some are more mobile than others. Other reasons why prostheses are generally different is the way in which they are suspended on someone’s leg. When we referr a “suspension” we talk about the way in which it holds onto your residual limb in order for you to get the best function and security of fit.
Obviously everyone wants their prosthesis to feel sturdy and snug on their leg when they’re walking. This is because the last thing you want is for it to come loose and you may find yourself in the falling scenario. Nobody wants that for you, but it is possible, if your suspension is faulty or it is now loose because you’re limb has changed in shape. This is known as maturing of the residual limb.
When it is time for you to obtain a new prosthesis we can review all of your standards that you wish to incorporate into the new design. Our team of prosthetists help to navigate the uncertain world of prosthetics due to the knowledge that we have in the field. If you would like to continue this conversation or if you would like to ask us any questions or share any concerns please feel free to give us a call. 815-717-8970