Amputee Coalition Fact Sheet

Prosthetic FAQs for the New Amputee

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Last updated 05/2015
You have reached a point in your journey where your residual limb is healing after your amputation and you are considering your options for a prosthesis. Thinking about your first prosthesis can be both an exciting and scary process. This will be another step in your journey toward returning to your new normal after surgery. It is important to make an informed decision about whether a prosthesis, or what kind of prosthesis, will be the right choice for you.

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Shoe Exchanges

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Last updated 02/2015
For individuals who only need one shoe, there are many organizations that accept donations of single shoes in good condition and that may be able to assist in locating single shoes as well.

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Limb Loss Definitions

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Last updated 2/2008
*italicized words have corresponding definitions
AAOP (American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists): As a professional society of orthotists and prosthetists, the AAOP is dedicated to promoting professionalism and advancing the standards of patient care through education, literature, research, advocacy and collaboration.

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Financial Assistance for Prosthetic Services, Durable Medical Equipment, and Other Assistive Devices

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Updated 01/2017.
Some of the questions most frequently asked by amputees relate to the payment coverage for the costs of prosthetic fitting and associated services, and durable medical equipment (DME) such as wheelchairs, ramps and other adaptive equipment. This fact sheet will assist you in obtaining financial assistance for these devices that are essential to your day-to-day living.

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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.

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Florida

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Updated 04/2017.
Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, with an average of 507 people continuing to lose a limb every day. This results in an estimated 185,000 amputations per year, and this number is expected to double by the year 2050 due to increasing rates of diabetes and vascular disease (1). Among those living with limb loss, the major causes of their amputations are vascular disease (54%) – including diabetes and peripheral arterial disease – trauma (45%) and cancer (less than 2%). The most common causes of pediatric amputations, however, are lawn mower accidents. Non-whites comprise about 42% of the limb loss population in the U.S. In 2008, the diabetes related amputation rate among African Americans was nearly four times that of whites.

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Kentucky

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Updated 04/2017.
Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, with an average of 507 people continuing to lose a limb every day. This results in an estimated 185,000 amputations per year (1), and this number is expected to double by the year 2050 due to increasing rates of diabetes and vascular disease (1). Among those living with limb loss, the major causes of their amputations are vascular disease (54%) – including diabetes and peripheral arterial disease – trauma (45%) and cancer (less than 2%) (2). The most common causes of pediatric amputations, however, are lawn mower accidents (3). Non-whites comprise about 42% of the limb loss population in the U.S. (1). In 2008, the diabetes related amputation rate among African Americans was nearly four times that of whites (4).

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Adaptive Sports Programs

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Created 02/2017.
This fact sheet focuses on nationwide, sport-specific resources that provide an overview of the adapted version of a particular sport; there may be leagues or teams located closer to your area not listed below. Some Web sites include a team or league locator to help you find a team near your location. Other Web sites have information and trainings for local schools and recreational centers that discuss how to set up adaptive sports programs. Perhaps you can be an agent of change for your community by working with a local community center to develop an adaptive league in your area.

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Financial Assistance for the National Conference

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Updated 01/2017.
The Amputee Coalition understands that budgeting to attend the National Conference is a challenge for many. We have put together some tips on how you might secure assistance for attending this exceptional event for the limb loss community.

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Prosthetic Limb Donations

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Updated 08/2016.
Prosthetic components are generally not reused in the United States because of legal considerations. However, used prosthetic limbs may be disassembled and the components shipped to Third World countries for use by landmine victims and/or other individuals in need. The following organizations may accept donations of used prosthetic limbs and/or components, depending on their current program needs.