Lower Extremity Prostheses

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Lower Extremity Prostheses

Lower Extremity Prostheses describes artificially replaced limbs located at the hip lever or lower.

The two main subcategories of lower extremity prosthetic devices are:

  • Trans-Tibial  – Any amputation transecting the tibia bone or a congenital anomaly resulting in a tibial deficiency
  • Trans-Femoral – Any amputation transecting the femur bone or a congenital anomaly resulting in a femural deficiency

Other, less prevalent lower extremity include the following:

  • Hip Disarticulations – This usually refers to when an amputee or congenitally challenged patient has either an amputation or anomaly at or in close proximity to the hip joint.
  • Knee Disarticulations – This usually refers to an amputation through the knee disarticulating the femur from the tibia.
  • Symes – This is an ankle disarticulation while perserving the heel pad.

If a prosthetic device is to give optimum service to the amputee, it must always be properly fitted, regardless of its mechanical excellence. This is especially true in the case of the lower extremity, where the prosthesis must function continually and where poor fit or alignment will lead quickly to rejection of the device by the wearer. Among prosthetists there seems to be general agreement that by far the most important factors in the success of any artificial leg relate to fit and alignment on the subject. Fit and alignment are usually considered together, since they are mutually interdependent. Alignment is adjusted to individual needs and balance.

The second most important factor is proper component parts to be used in prostheses.

Our productline is mainly supplied by Otto Bock and Össur. We ensure that component parts meet specifications for maximal fit and comfort. Whatever your needs are (high activity, moderate activity, or low activity), we can certainly assist you in assessing and providing you with the utmost respectful and professional advice.

 

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