Fabrication and Fitting Q&A’s
Q – How many visits will be required for the measurement and fitting of my prosthesis?
A – For the new amputee, the general answer is 4 visits
- Measurement and fitting for a stump shrinker
- Measurement and evaluation for the prosthesis
- 1-2 test fittings prior to building the prosthesis
- Delivery of the prosthesis
At AALOS, we also follow up with each patient through the Physical Therapy Gait Training phase to make necessary adjustments as soon as possible and maximize prosthetic function in the shortest amount of time.
Q – When will physical therapy begin after my amputation?
A – Pre-prosthetic physical therapy will begin immediately following the amputation. The goal is to limit flexion contractures in the knee and hip joints and to retain muscle strength and function prior to the prosthetic measurement and fitting.
Q – What are my options for various heel heights on my prosthetic foot?
A – Unfortunately, the luxury of variable heel heights is limited. There are feet that allow the prosthetic wearer to adjust the foot to various heel heights. However, those particular feet are sometimes limited to a foot that does not utilize lightest weight carbon composite, dynamic response heel and toe levers.
At AALOS, we work with each patient on an individual basis to determine which foot would be the best choice for the broadest range of activities and make the decision on the most practical foot. We will also evaluate each patient’s shoes to help make the best decision.