Grand Rapids – Leg Prosthesis
Experts at Teter Orthotics and Prosthetics’s Grand Rapids location can provide you with a comprehensive understanding of how far technology has come in the area of leg prosthesis. Many people’s first introduction to leg prosthesis often comes courtesy of Hollywood and the peg-leg pirate. The truth is that those wooden legs were actually the earliest forms of prosthetic legs and helped to pave the way for people to understand the capability of artificial limbs. Today cutting edge technology goes into each leg prosthesis to provide maximum comfort, mobility and aesthetic appeal, and each leg prosthesis is uniquely engineered to suit the specific needs of its owner. Still the most important objective of a prosthetic leg is to restore mobility. As medical science continues to advance leg prosthesis that could only allow for basic movements are now providing a full range of motion and functioning even more like a real leg.
The experts at Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics in Grand Rapids also put a lot of energy into ensuring that each leg prosthesis is comfortable. The area where the patient’s leg meets the prosthetic leg is often where the knee would be. There is a lot of weight that is placed on that connection and it has to be comfortable. With your feedback a skilled prosthetist can help you find the right fit and provide tips that will make wearing it as comfortable as possible.
One thing that people may not realize is that prosthetic legs need to be as light as possible. A real leg has muscles and is part of the system that helps the body to move. A prosthetic leg does not possess the ability to help the body move and winds up being added weight. Even though the prosthetic leg is helping the person to be mobile, it is still added weight, which is why prosthetic legs are built from lightweight material.
The Grand Rapids Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics leg prosthesis experts are very familiar with all of the options available to make your leg prosthesis more functional. For example a spring system in the leg can allow someone to move easier and can even allow athletes to run with an artificial leg. The spring in the ankle area of the leg allows for the resistance of the ground to be used as energy to push the leg back up. This springing motion helps to mimic the motion of the ankle pushing up on the foot when the person is walking or running. When the spring is added, mobility is increased. Small modifications like this can make a big difference in comfort when applied properly, but perhaps the most dramatic improvement in the artificial leg is the invention of the C-leg. Designed for above the knee amputees the c-leg utilizes a microprocessor-controlled knee that is able to provide a more natural gait to the user and allow them to vary speed and more easily use stairs.
As medical science continues to advance and experiments with microprocessors and pressure sensors continue. Scientists work to replicate the muscle commands that make a leg move. It is still in the experimental stages, but if it works then this technology could someday help a prosthetic leg to respond to muscle commands just like a real leg. It would add a whole new level of mobility to artificial legs.
To learn more about the prosthetic limbs available today Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics in Grand Rapids or one of our other 19 Michigan locations.