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Change in socket shape resulted in pressure change during walking

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.”

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VIDEO: Prosthetists should never discount comfort

September 15, 2017
LAS VEGAS — More than 70% of patients with a lower extremity amputation and responded to a survey ranked comfort as “the most important category”…
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RAND study examines health benefits, economic value of advanced transfemoral prostheses

September 15, 2017
LAS VEGAS — Microprocessor-controlled knees were associated with improved physical function and reduction in falls and osteoarthritis, and met standard criteria in…
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VIDEO: Infinite Socket 'significantly' less rigid than conventional socket

September 13, 2017
LAS VEGAS — The Infinite Socket, developed by LIM Innovations, showed a statically significant ability to be less rigid than a conventional laminated socket…
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