Amputee Coalition Fact Sheet

Prosthetic Feet

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Updated 08/2016 –
Over the past decade, technology and research have greatly expanded the functionality and aesthetics of prosthetic feet. Today, amputees have a wide array of feet from which to choose.

Introductory Amputee Care For Lower Limb Amputees

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Published 4/26/2015 – Narrated by Paddy Rossbach, RN, former President and CEO – these video demonstrations are to help you learn to manage after a lower extremity amputation. They are not to take the place of your regular rehabilitation or medical care; rather they should serve as a reference or reminder of what you are being taught.

Transtibial Suspension Alternatives

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Last updated: 12/07/2014 –
by John W. Michael, MEd, L/CPO, CPO Services, Inc. (Portage, IN) –
The better the human-machine connection, the more comfortable the prosthesis and the more effectively it can be controlled by the residual limb. Clinical experience has shown that even small improvements in suspension of the prosthesis are well received by amputees, which helps explain the variety of alternatives that have been developed.

Prosthetic Socks and Liners

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Last updated: 12/07/2014 –
by Jack E. Uellendahl, CPO –
If I were to ask a room full of amputees what the most important feature of their prosthesis is, I am certain that comfort would be high on the list of responses. Without comfort, the most technologically sophisticated components become useless. At the most basic level, comfort within a prosthetic socket is achieved by good pressure distribution and the management of friction (shear) forces. Prosthetic socks and liners are the interface materials in contact with the residual limb and are integral to the comfort of the prosthesis.

What You Might Expect During the First 12 Months as a Lower-Limb Amputee

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Volume 21, Issue 1 January/February 2011 –
by John Peter Seaman, CP, CTP –
As a recent amputee, you’re not alone if you feel clueless about what to expect during your first year as an amputee. While there are no set guidelines that will fit every amputee’s individual situation, there are some generalities that may apply. One certainty is that you will see your prosthetist many times during your first year as an amputee, possibly as many as 15 to 20 times, if not more. For this reason, you should do everything in your power to find a prosthetist that you are comfortable with.

Tips For Enhancing Your Success as a User of a Lower-Limb Prosthesis

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Volume 21, Issue 1 January/February 2011 –
by John Peter Seaman, CP, CTP –
Even for the most experienced wearers of lower-limb prostheses, using a prosthesis can result in daily inconveniences, if not worse. So what can recent amputees do to enhance their experience after being fitted with a prosthesis? First, accept that successful prosthesis use involves a 50/50 effort between the amputee and his or her prosthetist. Second, amputees need to understand that their prosthetist, in most cases, is not a miracle worker. In simplest terms, the prosthetist’s role is to assess the amputee’s physical potential, select appropriate prosthetic componentry, and provide a tool, in the form of a prosthesis, for the amputee to use to achieve his or her desired ADLs (activities of daily living). Once this is accomplished, it is up to the amputee to do the many things necessary to maximize the benefits offered by a comfortably fitting and properly functioning prosthesis.

Identifying and Managing Skin Issues With Lower-Limb Prosthetic Use

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Volume 21, Issue 1 January/February 2011 –
by M. Jason Highsmith, DPT, CP, FAAOP, James T. Highsmith, MD, and Jason T. Kahle, CPO –
Fitting a prosthesis is complicated because parts of the human body are used for tasks for which they are not designed. The skin/prosthesis interface is at fault for many complications. Here, a synthetic material, such as silicone or plastic, is in constant contact with the skin. Skin is not well-suited for this type of material contact. Skin problems are one of the most common conditions affecting lower-limb prosthetic users today. Skin problems are experienced by approximately 75 percent of amputees using a lower-limb prosthesis. In fact, amputees experience nearly 65 percent more dermatological complaints than the general population.

The Importance of Gait Training

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Volume 21, Issue 1 January/February 2011 –
by Scott Cummings, PT, CPO, FAAOP –
It is the goal of most every lower-limb amputee to walk “normally” again. In the context of this article, “normal” is defined as a symmetrical gait pattern that falls within the “average” range in terms of posture, step length, rate of speed, limb positioning, etc. But being a lower-limb amputee resents many different challenges when it comes to ambulating safely and without exerting excessive energy.

An Overview of Crutches

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Volume 20 · Issue 2 · March/April 2010 –
by Madeleine Anderson –
Everyone who has been confronted with a lower-extremity amputation has had to make decisions regarding mobility options. Many amputees opt for a prosthesis as their primary mode, wearing it (or them) full-time. Some prefer wearing their prosthesis part-time or for specific activities. In either scenario, the “must-have” equipment, the most important aid that a single-leg amputee could ever invest in, is a pair of appropriate crutches.

Choosing the Right Shoe

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Volume 20 · Issue 2 ·March/April 2010 –
by Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed –
Choosing the right shoe; what could be easier? Often, the decision depends more on your mood or your wallet than anything else. For amputees or people with complications from vascular disease, life is not so simple. Selecting the proper footwear may be an integral part of long-term health considerations, and this leads to more limited choices.