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Amputee Life Blog — Prosthetic Issues

Why Your Amputee Training Sessions Matter

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Amputee training is a fundamental phase of successful prosthetic treatment. Training for prosthetic users ensure that they can navigate the various surfaces they'll encounter beyond the smooth clinic floor such as stairs, slopes, and rough terrain. Furthermore, prosthetic training helps you function well in your everyday life and assists you in transitioning into your new normal.   

Amputee training is a fundamental phase of successful prosthetic treatment.

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Better Psychological Planning Pre-Amputation is Key to Quality of Life Post-Amputation

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

There is a need to improve psychological screening and early treatment of anxiety symptoms before the surgery. There is also a need to improve symptoms of traumatic stress and depression after an amputation further, and the study advocated for the importance of social support over time. 

Symptoms of anxiety were typically magnified after amputation.

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Prosthetic Foot Alignment: Part 3

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

The toe-in and toe-out movements of your prosthetic foot are referred to as foot rotation. And rotational changes can negatively affect how your prosthetic foot functions right before your leg goes into swing phase of walking when you’re on the “toe.” (This group of orchestrated movements is referred to as the late stance phase of gait.)

Too much prosthetic too out can reduce the toe functionality of your prosthetic foot.

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A Primer on Breathable Prosthetic Liners

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Sweating profusely underneath your prosthetic liner isn't limited to rock climbers and marathon runners. Heat and moisture buildup plagues every prosthetic user every day. And if you wear a prosthetic liner, then you know that sweat magnifies a lot of prosthetic-related issues. 

Breathable amputee liners allow sweat to flow through the liner and prevent buildup and chafing.

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Prosthetic Foot Alignment: Part 2

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Changes in the side-to-side movement of a prosthetic foot along the frontal plane can negatively impact your knee. When foot placement remains uncorrected for a long time, you can expect issues that can lead to a long-term deterioration of the knee joint. This holds true regardless whether you wear an above- or below-the-knee prosthesis. 

Everything you need to know about prosthetic foot alignment part 2

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