Prosthetics And Orthotics

FAQs Of Prosthetics And Orthotics- All You Need To Know

As much as prosthetic  have been around for a very long time, there is lot more to people know about it. Much more sophisticated designs with several functions are being manufactured these days. Whereas, you probably know the devices for serving as just an extension, amputees who use it on a daily basis know it actually serves more than just an extension.

That being the case, amputees get quite curious and geeky about the new prosthetic designs. Curiosity they say kills the cat, but in this case it’s a different ball game. Prosthetic is not just an extension of the body, but it is also a restoration for a missing limb and it is designed to replace a lost limb as good as gone. It is against this background that an amputee always want to know what is new as well as the features packed in it.

Prostheses now come in varying forms, sizes and shapes with a lot more complexity which begs a lot of important questions. Understanding how much the answers to these questions mean to the amputees, we will be looking into the hood of orthotic technology, addressing the common FAQs.

When should I go for a replacement?

Most amputees prefer getting their replacement limbs while the stumps, also known as residual limb is highly responsive which is actually a very good idea. This is the stage at which medical experts advise amputees to start walking in order to heal the wound, strengthen the leg and prevent swelling of the wound. Most amputees use weight-bearing inflatable walking aid to get the idea of what using an extension or a prosthetic would look like. Subsequently, what follows is the surgery procedure for restoration of the missing limb.

Can I use high heels on my prosthetic legs?

The answer is yes. Depending the type of prosthetic leg you have, you can use high heel footwears.

However, wearing high heels can be one hell of a task for the most part, especially at the best times. In case you have doubts, you can relate with a model who does catwalk. A penny for their thought about high heels, you are going to find out that it is not always good for every occasion, let alone wearing it on prosthetic legs.

If you deem wearing heels on your legs, talk to the manufacturer or your prosthetists about it for tips on how to get your legs into the heels. In the event that your type of replacement isn’t designed to serve that purpose, your prosthetists will customize one that is fit for the purpose for you.

How about going into water or exposing my legs to moisture?

Again, that depends on the type of leg and whether or not your device comes with a moisture resistant materials that you can wear on the limbs when you want to use it in water. If you have the type that is not meant to be used in water, keep it away from moisture. Replacement limbs are electronic devices which is composed of series of circuits and these circuits keep it working. The moment one of the components of any of the circuits fail, the function of the device is compromised. The components of a limb are highly moisture sensitive. Use your legs in water if and if only it is designed to go in water.

Prostheses are very complicated devices. That being the case, deem it fit as a matter of necessity, you have to get along quite well with you prosthetist for important tips on how to make the best use of it.