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Things You Should Know Before Fitting a Prosthetic Leg

March 20, 2023


Things You Should Know Before Fitting a Prosthetic Leg

March 20, 2023

Losing a limb can be a life-changing event, but with modern prosthetics, people can regain their mobility and independence. However, getting a perfectly fitting lightweight prosthetic leg is not as simple as picking one off the shelf. There are several things to consider before fitting a prosthetic leg to ensure it meets your needs and provides a comfortable fit. In this blog, we’ll cover the essential things you should know before fitting a prosthetic leg.

If your physician recommends a prosthetic leg, you may be unsure where to start. Having an understanding of how various components of a prosthesis function in tandem can be beneficial: 

  1. The prosthetic leg is composed of materials that are both lightweight and long-lasting. This leg may or may not have operational knee and ankle joints, depending on the amputation location. 
  2. The socket is a precisely shaped cast of your remaining limb that fits firmly over it, serving as an attachment point for the prosthetic leg. 
  3. The suspension system is responsible for keeping the prosthesis secured, and it can be accomplished through various means, such as sleeve suction, vacuum suspension/suction, or distal locking with a pin or lanyard. 

There are many types of prosthetic legs available, and your choice will depend on your specific needs and lifestyle. Some of the common types include:

  • Below-knee prosthetics: Designed for people who have lost a leg below the knee.
  • Above-knee prosthetics: For those who have lost a leg above the knee.
  • Through knee prosthetics: For those who have amputation through knee joint.

Prosthetic Legs technology is continually advancing

Constant advancements in prosthetic limb technology include the emergence of microprocessor-controlled and activity-specific components. 

  • Prosthetic limb technology has advanced to include microprocessor joints that incorporate computer chips and sensors to facilitate a more natural walking pattern. These joints can be programmed with different modes for walking on level surfaces or navigating stairs. Microprocessor-controlled joints are advanced prosthetics that use sensors and computer chips to adjust the knee’s movement. There are many advanced microprocessor knee joints in the market like Genium, C-leg, Kenevo knee joints from Ottobock, The Orion3 by Endolite(Blatchford), The Rheo Knee by Ossur, Freedom Quattro Knee by Proteor, and many more.
  • Specialized prosthetic legs are available for different activities, including running, showering, or swimming, that can be switched as needed. Your prosthetist may also modify your everyday prosthetic leg to serve different purposes. 
  • Osseointegration surgery is an alternative option that involves directly inserting a metal implant into the bone, eliminating the need for a socket. The prosthetic leg can be then attached directly to the implant. Although not suitable for everyone and still undergoing research, this procedure can offer improved range of motion and sensory perception. 

It’s crucial to discuss your options with your prosthetist, who will help you choose the best prosthetic leg for your needs.

  • The Cost of Prosthetic Legs

Prosthetic legs can be expensive, with prices ranging from a few thousand dirhams to tens of thousands. The cost will depend on the type of prosthetic leg you need, the materials used, and the complexity of the design. 

  • The Importance of a Proper Fit

A proper fit is crucial for a prosthetic leg to function correctly and provide comfort. Your prosthetist will take measurements and make a mold of your residual limb to create a custom-fitted prosthetic leg. You may need several fittings to ensure the prosthetic leg fits correctly.

  • The Importance of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is essential after getting a prosthetic leg. A physical therapist will help you regain your strength and mobility and teach you how to use your new prosthetic leg. It’s crucial to follow the therapist’s instructions and attend all the sessions to ensure a smooth recovery.

  • The Maintenance Required for Prosthetic Legs

Prosthetic legs require regular maintenance to function correctly. You will need to clean the prosthetic leg regularly, check for any signs of wear and tear, and replace any worn-out components. It’s essential to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for care and maintenance.

In Conclusion

Getting a prosthetic leg is a significant step towards regaining your independence and mobility. However, it’s essential to consider the type of prosthetic leg you need, the cost, the importance of a proper fit, physical therapy, and maintenance before fitting a prosthetic leg. Working with an experienced prosthetist can help ensure a smooth and successful process.

It’s crucial to bear in mind that you do not have to navigate the numerous prosthetic leg options alone. Your care team at MOBILIS will aid you in evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of each and selecting the perfect prosthetic leg that aligns with your lifestyle. Visit us to understand the process thoroughly.


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