The process of rehabilitation involves overcoming the mental and emotional impact of this change as well as the physical rehab and therapy involved with the fitting and effective use of the new limb.
Regardless of the cause of the amputation, whether physical trauma, diseased limb or severe diabetes, proper planning going forward is essential in order to design and fit a patient with a comfortable and efficiently operating prosthesis that allows him/her to regain the ability to walk.
The Rehabilitation Institute of Indianapolis provides the support, education, prosthesis design, custom fitting and training required by lower extremity amputees. Utilizing our extensive experience and knowledge in lower limb prosthetics technology and rehabilitation processes, we help patients recover previous mobility and work alongside them to ensure their new prosthesis is tailored to the maximum possible level of comfort and functionality.
We provide a variety of lower extremity prosthetic devices that address the following levels of amputation:
In order for a patient to enjoy effective use of his/her prosthesis, it’s critical that the three criteria of comfortable fit, effective function and pleasing cosmetic appearance are adequately met.
Other than prostheses designed for solely aesthetic purposes, those intended for any modicum of functionality must be comfortable for the patient to wear and use. Attaining this goal is dependent upon a number of factors, including socket geometry, balanced pressure distribution, stabilization of other forces and overall quality of fit.
In addition, with proper training the prosthetic device needs to meet the goals of the amputee in terms of range of motion capabilities and the ability to complete desired tasks. Lastly, appearance is very important to many amputees, and there are custom prostheses available to address this criterion as well.
The type of materials and components used to fabricate a lower extremity prosthesis will determine much of the functionality and comfort experienced by the user. The quality of socket materials used along the interface of your limb and new prosthesis is particularly important for achieving adequate comfort.
As well, the strength of materials used and weight of the prosthesis itself can significantly influence functionality. At the Rehabilitation Institute our patients are treated with individual attention and provided with a custom prosthesis designed to meet their specific functionality requirements and lifestyle goals.