The definitive prosthesis

The standard prosthesis contains a stump sheath worn inside a customized thermoplastic socket. This is then fitted onto a modular prosthesis. The shank of the prosthesis articulates with a prosthetic foot that is matched to the patient's physique and functional requirements.

Putting the definitive prosthesis on and off may be difficult if hands are neuropathic and eyesight is poor, and visual inspection of the stump may be difficult. Velcro straps are useful in the patient with neuropathy and poor hand function to aid donning and doffing of the prosthesis. If skin is atrophic and circulation is reduced, stasis dermatitis may be a problem, and the skin is easily injured.

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