What prosthesis design is best for you?
In recent years there has been many different prosthetic socket designs and impression techniques made available to Prosthetists and their patients. This often leads to confusion about the best socket* design for your prosthesis.
(*A socket is the part of the prosthesis that your residual limb/stump goes into)
In some cases Prosthetists tend to stick to one or two socket designs that they have perfected and has delivered good results for them. Similarly most patients prefer a specific socket design because they are used to it or have tried many designs but prefer the one they have. Unfortunately many patients have not been informed on their various options available.
In most cases we would recommend the use of suction suspension together with the use of a PTB socket design for Transtibial amputees (below the knee) and Ischial Containment/ Ischial Ramal Containment for Transfemoral (Above the Knee) amputees. These types of prostheses could vary due to an infinite amount of reasons with no easy and quick answers.
To select componentry is also a great endeavour when designing a prosthesis.
Once again, unfortunately, there is no quick answer for this since there are many different feet, knees, manufacturers, weight limits, price ranges, activity levels etc. . It is important for patients to explain their lifestyle to the Prosthetist along with any and all questions, concerns and requests for their prosthesis to achieve the best possible outcome.
We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have and provide you with our opinion and input to assist you with making an informed decision about your prosthesis.
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