What are common parts of a lower limb prosthesis?
One of the first prosthesis used may be an IPOP which is discussed above. After a few weeks though, the individual may be ready for his initial prosthesis. Various components make up a prosthesis. In general, most lower limb prostheses consist of the socket, suspension system, skeleton or frame, joints (hip, knee, ankle) and foot. The type, durability and expense of these components vary depending on the type of residual limb as well as the age, related medical problems and activity level of the amputee. For example, some types of sockets incorporate a brace also known as an orthosis into the socket. This is done so that contact is maintained between the prosthesis and the residual limb. This type of socket-suspension system is sometimes used in adults with unusual residual limbs or who require added support or stability. In individuals with transfemoral amputations, a quadrilateral or an ischial containment socket is often used. The ischium is another term for the bones of the pelvis