The two most important elements of a prosthetic leg are the design of a well-fitting socket and the correct alignment of the prosthetic components with the residual limb. However, this doesn’t mean that the individual prosthetic components aren’t also important for the comfortable, safe and efficient functioning of your prosthesis. In fact, selecting the right components often makes the difference between being able to continue certain lifestyle activities and having to adjust your lifestyle.
Taking on new challenges
Walking with a prosthetic leg presents new challenges. The residual limb has to absorb some of the impact forces generated with each step and, in order to protect it, you instinctively put more weight and strain onto the sound limb. Walking even short distances with this compensatory, weight-shifting action can leave you feeling tired and frustrated. It can also, over time, affect the remaining joints in your residual limb, as well as your back. That’s why our products are designed to absorb shock, to enhance symmetry and to replicate natural motion as closely as possible.
A good prosthetist will stay abreast of the latest developments, but it is also important for you as the user to make yourself knowledgeable about what is currently available. Discuss these developments with your prosthetist, but as mentioned before always remember that there is not necessarily a definitive “best” device, since every person is different and has different requirements.
Groundbreaking scientific progress has been made in prosthetic components in recent years, and it’s a fact that the latest components are pushing the boundaries of what was previously believed impossible.
The importance of keeping an open mind
Many different factors have to be considered when fitting a prosthesis. We recommend that you and your prosthetist together explore the right selection of components for you, of course giving full weight to your own perceptions and judgement, but also keeping an open mind throughout the process and delaying your final decision until you feel confident that you’ve taken all relevant factors into account.