September 18, 2017
LAS VEGAS — There was a direct correlation between the shape of a socket and the resulting forces it exerts on the residual limb, according to a presenter at the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association World Congress.
“I’m a prosthetist, and we’ve all made justifications for a new socket, for something like this: The patient has changed in volume, therefore they need a new socket,” Garrett Hurley, CPO, chief innovations officer and co-founder of LIM Innovations, said. “That’s essentially the justification, and we often document that with a change of limb circumference. However, what if a payer says they want evidence that a loose socket even makes a difference in outcomes. There currently isn’t a lot of literature dealing with whether fit really matters.”