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Amputee Life Blog — Prosthetic Issues

Prosthetists Are Concerned Over Ohio Law on 3D Printed Prostheses 

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Prosthetists in the US are closely watching the developments in Ohio as a new law gives anyone with a 3D printer the ability to begin providing artificial limbs. This chain of events started when Aaron Westbrook, now a 20-year-old Ohio State University student, used recycled plastic and a 3D printer at his old high school to create a prosthetic arm when he was 15 years old. Born without a hand and wrist on his right arm, Westbrook used his first creation.

Aaron Westbrook is the CEO of Form5, a non-profit company that provides 3D printed prosthesis to those in need.

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Silipos Silosheath: What It Is and How to Use It

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Prosthetic sheaths are one of the most underrated prosthetic gears you can have at your disposal. Sheaths can reduce friction, wick sweat, and help keep the valves inside a vacuum setup free from lint. If you’re looking for a good prosthetic sheath brand, we recommend the Silosheath line by Silipos. 

A lower limb amputee mannequin showcases the Silipos Silosheath gel sheath which is available at Amputee Store.

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Prosthetic Socket Alignment: Side to Side

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

A prosthetic leg is a complex system. For it to function well, your entire prosthesis needs to be "balanced." Everything needs to be ideal, including suspension and alignment. In this article, we discuss the alignment of your socket and its relation to the rest of the prosthesis when inspected from side-to-side.

An illustrated below-knee amputee with prosthesis shows how to determine correct socket alignment when inspected from side to side.

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Prosthetic Socket Alignment: Front to Back

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

You just received from your prosthetist a prosthetic socket that fits amazingly well. So, why is it uncomfortable to walk? In our new Prosthetic Socket Alignment series, we explore the ideal balance and alignment for your prosthetic leg. We begin this three-part series by focusing on your prosthetic socket and its relation to the rest of the prosthesis when viewed from front to back.

An illustration of a residual limb attached to a below-the-knee prosthetic leg to illustrate the ideal prosthetic socket alignment viewed from front to back.

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Do Blade Prostheses Give Amputee Runners an Advantage?

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Underneath the resilience and perseverance shown by world-class adaptive athletes is an ongoing debate about their “unfair advantage,” which has prevented some athletes from competing. Do carbon-fiber prostheses give adaptive athletes an advantage over their non-amputee competitors? Are they capable of running faster and performing better because of their prostheses?

An amputee runner wears his blade prosthesis.

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