8 Prosthetic fitting tips

Prosthetics 411
In developing educational materials for lower limb prosthesis users, we’ve saved some of the most helpful information we’ve received from our bloggers, prosthetists and others so that we can put it here on the Momentum blog. This post should not be considered as a substitute for medical, legal or financial advice from a qualified professional. Our hope is that the information that follows helps you on your journey to live a life in motion.

  1. Bring the shoes you plan to wear most often to your fitting.
  2. Plaster casting is messy. Wear loose fitting clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty to your casting appointment and bring a full change of clothes with you, just in case.
  3. Don’t expect to just slap on a limb and walk out the door. Expect to go through several fitting appointments to get your socket fit and alignment just right.
  4. No amount of desire will get you through a fit issue. But your ability to communicate will. You have to tell your prosthetist what’s going on.
  5. Keep in mind that no matter how experienced your prosthetist is, he or she doesn’t know you very well yet. Every prosthetist is learning with every patient he or she has.
  6. Your socket should fit, but don’t jump ship in the first four weeks. There’s a certain amount of pain you have to go through.
  7. Don’t let the word definitive fool you. Your body is always changing. Going to follow-up appointments helps to ensure that you maintain your fit.
  8. You don’t have to live in pain.

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