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LOWER LIMB PROSTHETICS

Complications from diabetes are the most common cause for amputations of the foot, partial foot, or toes. In other cases, some or all of the foot may be amputated as a result of an injury. No matter the cause, if you are about to undergo or have gone through amputation of some or all of your foot, you are not alone.

 

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Above-knee (AK)

Above-knee (AK) limb loss (also called transfemoral amputation) refers to amputation or absence of the leg above the knee. Although local processes and surgical preferences may vary considerably from person to person, individuals with an amputation above the knee usually begin the prosthetic fitting process several weeks after surgery.

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 A Syme’s ampuation is an ankle disarticulation that allows weight bearing on the remaining part of the foot, which means that the person can put weight on the bottom of the foot and is able to walk short distances, stand in the shower, etc. without the assistance of a prosthesis. It is more difficult to produce a prosthesis that is cosmetically appealing and there are less available options for a prosthetic foot.

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Because knee disarticulation leaves the femur intact with overlying soft tissue, the residual limb can usually tolerate distal (or end) weight-bearing, a key improvement over a transfemoral amputation in which pelvic structures must provide most of the support. When the femur can in fact accept weight-bearing, the prosthetist can assembly a lower profile socket with potentially greater comfort. Growth plates at both ends of the femur are preserved, a particular advantage for child patients.

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Below-knee (AK) limb loss (also called transtibial amputation) refers to amputation or absence of the leg below the knee. When undergoing this level of amputation, it’s important to know your options and to remember that it is very possible to return to an independent lifestyle soon as long as proper precautions are taken for the care and healing of the stump.

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Hip-disarticulation

Amputations at or just below the hip–described as hemipelvectomy, hip disarticulation, and transpelvic amputations–are most commonly caused by trauma, cancer, or severe infection. Although there are many challenges to consider and manage with this type of limb loss, with the right support, clinical expertise, and prosthetic technology, it is possible to lead an independent life.

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We specialize  in providing customized lower limb prosthetic solutions that cater to the unique needs of individuals who have experienced limb loss. Their offerings include below-knee (trans-tibial) and above-knee (trans-femoral) prostheses, as well as specialized solutions for partial foot and ankle amputations. They ensure a comfortable fit and optimal functionality by offering a wide range of high-quality prosthetic components, such as sockets, liners, knees, and feet. Their dedicated team of skilled prosthetists employs advanced technology and materials to craft prosthetic limbs that promote stability, natural movement, and overall well-being.

 

Additionally, Northern Prosthetics offers rehabilitation and ongoing support to help patients adapt to their prosthetic devices and regain their mobility. They also extend their expertise to pediatric prosthetics, ensuring that children receive age-appropriate and functional solutions for a better quality of life. Northern Prosthetics and Orthopedic Inc.'s commitment to personalized care and innovation empowers individuals to lead active and fulfilling lives after limb loss.

Would you like to receive a complimentary in-person or online consultation with our clinical team?  Please contact us

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