Prosthetics

Close-up of man with an amputated leg tying shoelaces on sneakers

What is Prosthetics?

Prosthetics involves the use of artificial limbs (prostheses) to enhance the function and lifestyle of persons with limb loss. The prosthesis must be a unique combination of appropriate materials, alignment, design, and construction and as well cosmetic appearance to match the functional needs of the individual.

Lower limb prostheses address stability in standing and walking, shock absorption, energy storage and return, and even extraordinary functional needs associated athletic activities.

Upper limb prostheses address reaching and grasping, specific occupational challenges such as hammering, painting, or weight lifting, and activities of daily living such as eating, writing, and dressing.

Types of Prosthetics

We offer prostheses for several types of amputation.

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Transtibial

Amputation occurring below the knee. The prosthetic socket is the primary connection between the remaining limb and the prosthetic limb. The more intimate the fit of the socket, the more comfort and function you have will have. 

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Transfemoral

Above-the-knee amputations. 

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Rotationplasty

A type of amputation involving the removal of the knee and part of the leg. The remaining lower portion is turned 180 degrees, with the ankle serving as the new knee joint. 

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Symes

An ankle disarticulation that removes the foot leaves the heel pad intact, so weight can occasionally be put on the leg.