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Amputee Life — Prosthetic Issues

Most Lower Limb Amputees Are Generally Satisfied With Prostheses, Clinical Services—Survey

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After amputation surgery, lower-limb amputees suffer from an inefficient gait as the body adjusts and compensates for deviations from the normal gait. Thus, the prosthetic components’ design and fit are essential to reduce the harmful effects of these deviations. However, traditional prosthetic feet have been found inadequate in improving the energy demands of the gait change.

A survey found that most lower-limb amputees satisfied with their prostheses and the quality of the clinical services they receive.

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Study Says Powered Lower-Limb Prostheses Promote Better Overall Health

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It is no secret that limb loss has numerous adverse effects on a person's physical, emotional, psychological, and social health. Numerous challenges need to be addressed to improve amputees' quality of life. A recently published study looked into improving the quality of life of above-knee amputees by collecting user data to enhance prosthetic knees.

Study says microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knees promote better health in above-knee amputees.

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A Moisture-Absorbing Socket Technology Is in the Works

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Experts at the Advanced Platform Technology Center at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center are working together with their colleagues at the University of Chicago and Case Western Reserve University to develop a new socket material that can better absorb and channel the sweat that tends to build up inside your prosthesis. Should this development become available to everyone, it would significantly improve daily life for many prosthesis users.

Veterans Affairs is testing a moisture-absorbing prosthetic socket.

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5 Tips to Get Your Prosthetist to Listen to You

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Consulting with a prosthetist who doesn’t seem to listen can be frustrating. Every appointment feels like a race—as if you only have a few minutes to share your concerns. You go through your "punch list" of issues, and you’re not quite sure if your prosthetist understands what you’re trying to communicate.

Tips to get your prosthetist to listen to you.

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Maintain a Better Socket Fit With Vacuum

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Loss of volume in your residual limb naturally happens as you go about your day. For most prosthetic users, maintaining an ideal socket fit requires adding another prosthetic sock ply at around 10 am or at noon. This can sometimes be a hassle, so the findings of a recent study published in Prosthetics and Orthotics International might be the answer you need for a better limb fluid management strategy.

Study says elevated vacuum decreases overall volume loss.

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