Last updated 13 days ago
A prosthesis can provide the means to reclaiming your mobility and independence. These articles describe the various aspects of selecting and using a prosthetic device after amputation.
InternetMD.info discusses how to protect your residual limb.
Are you getting fitted for your first prosthetic device? Amputee Coalition offers a comprehensive set of questions and answers that can help recent amputees understand the process of using a prosthesis.
WebMD.com explains different kinds of prosthetic devices.
The ILIMB offers the most innovative advancements in prosthetic limb technology. TouchBionics.com gives readers an overview of the ILIMB’s benefits.
Diabetes doesn’t have to impact your foot health. The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society details how orthotics can protect diabetic feet from complications.
Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics provides a comprehensive array of assistive devices for individuals in the larger Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Harrisburg regions. We work closely with each person who uses our devices to ensure that he receives the best prosthesis for his needs. Call (717) 253-9130 to set up an appointment with one of our custom prosthetic specialists.
Last updated 20 days ago
Limb loss is a life-changing event. However, custom prosthetics are enabling those with amputated limbs to regain their independence. From conventional prosthetics to state-of-the-art i-limb devices, individuals have vast prosthetic options for their personal needs and cosmetic preferences. If you have recently undergone amputation, you’ll find that the following questions and answers can help you understand how a prosthesis can enhance your life.
What can a prosthesis do for me?
The capabilities of a prosthesis depend largely on the kind of device that a person wants. Some individuals may value utility, and only want a device that can allow them to grasp items with ease. Others prefer a static arm prosthetic that cannot be manually manipulated, yet is inconspicuous to others. Still other prosthetic users want both a natural looking prosthetic that comes with the most advanced movement features. No matter the prosthesis you choose, you will need to put in ample time to acclimate to its abilities and features.
When can I receive a prosthesis?
The first few weeks following amputation, most individuals are focused on the recovery process. Once the residual limb has had a chance to heal, most patients are measured for their initial prosthesis. Depending on the customizations required for making the device, an individual may have his prosthesis in a matter of days or weeks.
How long does it take to get used to a prosthesis?
The learning rate for making the most of your prosthesis rests upon a number of factors. First, it’s essential that you’re fitted with a prosthetic device that best fits your needs. Only when you have a prosthesis that you like will you be inclined to use it. Next, you will have to undergo therapy sessions to learn the proper techniques for using your prosthesis. Lastly, you must be dedicated to continually working toward greater utility and agility with your prosthetic device. With these elements in place, you can master your prosthesis in little time.
Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics wants you to have the autonomy you deserve. For more information on our prosthetic options, we encourage those in the greater Harrisburg, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia areas to call (717) 253-9130 or visit our website.
Last updated 20 days ago
On Saturday, May 18 from 1:00-3:00 PM, Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics will be participating in the Advances in Neuro Rehab Technology-presented by WakeMed Rehabilitation. This event will be held at the WakeMed Health Park, WakeMed Raleigh Campus at 3000 New Bern Avenue. For more information contact Ability today at (919) 350-5175.
Last updated 27 days ago
Having an advanced prosthetic hand can afford amputees the chance to regain everyday capabilities that others may take for granted. This video offers an account of how the i-limb prosthesis can enhance a person’s life.
The i-limb prosthesis provides users with the ability to custom select their usage features. Not only can an i-limb recipient grasp items with greater control, but he can also adjust the setting of his prosthesis depending on the object he wishes to hold. The i-limb also allows users to perform other tasks that require fine motor control skills, such as buttoning a shirt or opening a bag of potato chips.
Would you like to learn more about the i-limb prosthesis? Then call Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics at (717) 253-9130 to speak with an associate at our Harrisburg area facility.
Last updated 1 month ago
Diabetic individuals tend to experience foot problems as a complication of their condition. The lower extremities can suffer from poor blood flow and reduced nerve sensation over time, which can lead to pain, numbness, infection, and open wounds. Many times, these side effects develop more quickly from poor foot support within the shoe. To offset these complications, those with diabetes can get fitted with orthotics. If you have diabetes, the following information can help you decide whether orthotics are the right choice for you.
Reasons for Diabetic Orthotics
Diabetic or not, many people suffer from inferior shoe support. Poorly made shoes can cause undue pressure on certain areas of the foot. They may also lead to friction between the skin and shoe in cases where the footwear is too big or too small. Otherwise healthy people may be able to cope with these issues without experiencing serious side effects, but for diabetic individuals, the results can be severe. Abnormal foot pressure or friction can cause a breakdown of the skin that can develop into ulceration and necessitate amputation. Orthotics give essential balance and protection to the feet, safeguarding them from complications.
Types of Orthotics
Numerous orthotics are available to address the specific needs of patients. Depending on a person’s foot issues, he may be given shoe inserts or footpads to alleviate undue weight or friction inside areas of the shoe. Other patients may require ankle braces to control pronation and pressure problems.
Benefits for Diabetic Patients
Some diabetic patients have difficulty healing from serious foot ailments. Once an ulcer forms, it can keep a patient off his feet for an extended period of time. It may also make him more susceptible to similar problems in the future. Orthotics give those with diabetes peace of mind that their feet are adequately supported and protected from potential concerns that could disrupt their quality of life.
Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics offers diverse orthotics options for your diabetic foot care needs. We can see to it that you receive the orthotic device or shoe that best fits your foot and supports it as needed. Individuals in the greater Harrisburg, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia regions should call (717) 253-9130 for more information.