The Basics Of Below Knee Prosthetics
There are numerous types of prosthetic devices used today, but the most common remains the below knee prosthetic device. In most cases this lower extremity prosthesis attaches to the existing limb somewhere below the knee joint and replicates the lower part of the leg. Our practitioners have an average of 15 years’ experience in fitting patients with this device and helping them return to their lives.
Today’s prostheses are designed using the latest developments in technology as well as the best materials available. A combination of plastic, carbon fiber, and other materials are used to create the prosthesis, Today, most prostheses are made from carbon fiber, resulting in them being lighter, stronger, and more reliable.
Our team uses a variety of prosthetic componentry for below knee amputees. An evaluation is the first step in creating the most appropriate prosthesis for a particular patient. We always look at:
- Patient Age
- Patient Weight
- Residual Limb Size
- Residual Limb Shape
- Patient Activity Level
- Diagnosis and Prognosis
These factors just give us a general picture of our patients. Evaluations from their care team are critical. We always consult our patients, their physicians, therapists and family members, as well. A thorough evaluation and getting to know the individual are critical in creating the most appropriate prosthesis– we know that no two patients are identical and that different prostheses will work better for different patients.
The socket – the point where the limb connects to the device – is the most important aspect of any prosthetic device, and we make sure that the best fit is obtained. If any aspect of the socket is incorrect, we make the necessary adjustments. Our team is regularly certified in the newest componentry in the field, which means that you always get the latest technology in your devices. While it can never match the real thing, new technology has helped prosthetic limbs improve in every way.
After you’ve been fitted for and received your prosthesis, we remain a part of your care. We work with you and your care team to make sure you’re getting what you need from your device. We make minor or major adjustments to the prosthesis to ensure you get the right level of performance from it. From the initial evaluation and beyond, we’re here to give you the care you deserve.
Photos used with permission of the following companies: Becker Orthopedic • Cascade DAFO, Inc. • Endolite • Orthomerica Products, Inc. • Össur Americas • Ottobock • Spinal Technology, Inc. • SureStep • Touch Bionics, Inc. • Townsend Design
Courtesy of Spinal Technology, Inc. © 2013.
Courtesy of Orthomerica Products, Inc. © 2013.