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I'm on My Fourth Check Socket - Is this normal?

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Once based more in the arts, prosthetic socket design is now rapidly changing into a science. It has gone a long way from using hard plastic and wooden sockets, and has evolved into contoured, customizable sockets for amputees to get the most out of their prosthesis. Is it normal to go through 3 or 4 check sockets when you receive a new prosthetic leg?

Too many test sockets may not be a good sign when getting a new prosthetic leg.

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Weighing In On Lighter vs. Heavier Prosthetic Legs

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Most Prosthetists believe that when it comes to prosthetics, lighter is better. This stems from the thinking that energy spent during walking is concentrated on the limbs. Thus, the heavier the prosthesis, the more energy is used while walking or running.  However, many studies are not showing this isn't the complete story.

Are heavier or lighter prosthetic legs better? 

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Coyote Design combines comfort and safety with Airlock Technology

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Coyote Design has come up with a suspension lock for amputees that promises a balance between comfort and reliability. They created Airlock Technology that combines the benefits of a pin lock along with traditional suction suspension.

Coyote airlock prosthetic pin and suction suspension.

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10 Healthy Foods for Your Skin That You Should Add to Your Diet Today

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Your residual limb bears at least 2.5 times your body weight, and an unhealthy diet can affect your metabolism which could lead to weight gain. Excessive weight gain can result to different complications and may even affect how you maintain the health of your skin, especially the area that's affected by your prosthesis. Here are 10 of the best skin foods that you can (and should!) include in your diet to help your skin stay healthy and problem-free.

10 healthy foods for your skin.

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Why It's Important to Have an Emotional Connection with Your Prosthetist

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

If you’re in the market for a new Prosthetist or you’re thinking of replacing your current one, you may have considered the usual qualifications: education, skills, expertise, and for some, whether they are covered by health insurance. These are all good qualities to consider but you might start looking into another important but often neglected aspect in the patient-prosthetist dynamic that can greatly affect your well-being: an emotional connection.

Emotionally connecting with your limb maker is important.

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