Above Knee Amputation (incl. Knee Disarticulation)

An Overview of Crutches

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. ...continue

Choosing the Right Shoe

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 ...continue

Donning an AK prosthesis with a full suction socket

Narrated by Paddy Rossbach, this is part of a series of demonstrations designed to help individuals learn to manage after a lower-limb amputation. ...continue

Focus on Bilateral Above-Knee Amputees

Volume 19 · Issue 4 · July/August 2009 - by Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP, and Randy Richardson, RPA - People who have experienced limb loss know that it only ...continue

Identifying and Managing Skin Issues With Lower-Limb Prosthetic Use

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 ...continue

Introductory Amputee Care For Lower Limb Amputees

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 ...continue

Looking Ahead at Computer-Controlled Knees

Volume 18 · Issue 7 · November/December 2008 - by David Boone CP, MPH, PhD - I enjoy driving my 1963 Plymouth. It is a very simple and powerful automobile. ...continue

Prosthetic Feet

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 ...continue

Prosthetic Knee Systems

Last updated: 12/07/2014 - by Bill Dupes - Of all prosthetic components, the knee system is arguably the most complex. It must provide reliable support when standing, allow smooth, controlled ...continue

Prosthetic Sockets

Volume 16 · Issue 5 · September/October 2006 - by Scott Sabolich, CP, LP - The socket is the most critical component of your prosthesis. If it doesn’t fit correctly, ...continue

Prosthetic Socks

Volume 16 · Issue 2 · March/April 2006 - by M. Jason Highsmith, DPT, CP(c) and Jason T. Kahle, CPO - Socks are a simple enough invention. In most instances, ...continue

Prosthetic Socks and Liners

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 ...continue

The Importance of Gait Training

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 ...continue

The Knee Disarticulation

Volume 14 · Issue 1 · January/February 2004 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD, Amputee Coalition Medical Directory - The knee disarticulation, also known as a through-knee amputation, has been ...continue

The Prosthetic Knee

Volume 18 · Issue 7 · November/December 2008 - by Erik Schaffer, CP, Chris Kort, CPO, and Phil Kreuter, PT - For the above-knee amputee, the prosthetic knee joint is ...continue

The Transfemoral Amputation Level, Part 1

Volume 14 · Issue 2 · March/April 2004 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD, Amputee Coalition Medical Director - This is Part 1 of a three-part look at the transfemoral ...continue

The Transfemoral Amputation Level, Part 2

Volume 14 · Issue 3 · May/June 2004 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD, Amputee Coalition Medical Director - Part 1 of this series of articles on the transfemoral (above-knee, ...continue

The Transfemoral Amputation Level, Part 3

Volume 14 · Issue 4 · July/August 2004 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD, Amputee Coalition Medical Director - Part 2 of this series on the transfemoral (above-knee, or AK) ...continue

The Transfemoral Amputation Level, Part 4

Volume 14 · Issue 5 · September/October 2004 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD, Amputee Coalition Medical Director - I intended our discussion of the transfemoral amputation level to be ...continue

The Transfemoral Amputation Level, Part 5

Volume 14 · Issue 6 · November/December 2004 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD - In the fifth and final part of our series on the transfemoral (above-knee) amputation level, ...continue

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

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 ...continue

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

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 ...continue

When a Prosthesis or Mobility Device Isn’t Enough

Volume 16 · Issue 3 · May/June 2006 - by Jason T. Kahle, CPO, and M. Jason Highsmith, DPT, CP - Below-knee amputees frequently ask me to cut down the ...continue

When a Prosthesis or Mobility Device Isn’t Enough, Part II

Volume 17 · Issue 1 · January/February 2007 - by Jason T. Kahle, CPO, and M. Jason Highsmith, PT, DPT, CP - Part I of this article appeared in the ...continue

When to Replace a Prosthesis

Last updated 01/2008 - In order for an individual living with a limb difference or amputation to return to their family and/or workplace, they must be accurately fit with a ...continue

Wrapping with an elastic bandage – AK

Narrated by Paddy Rossbach, this is part of a series of demonstrations designed to help individuals learn to manage after a lower-limb amputation. ...continue