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Adjustable Sockets Have Positive Results

Adjustable – is that the word for the current time? During the past year we have all had to adjust, adapt, cope with so many variables in our lives.

One approach RJROL has found to help you and your limb adapt is to use adjustability within the prosthetic socket. Adjustable sockets are more commonly fit to accommodate volume fluctuations in a lower limb prosthesis user.

Regardless of the cause of amputation, the shape of a residual limb will change during the initial post-operative period and may continue to change throughout the user’s life depending on weight and volume changes.

Volume fluctuations will change the fit of the prosthesis influencing comfort, stability, and quality of life. Adjustable sockets allow users to change the shape of the socket to match and contour to the shape of their limb that day, that time, that situation.

  • Some sockets are made adjustable to make it easier to put the prosthesis on.
  • Some sockets are made adjustable to adjust for volume fluctuations throughout the day.
  • Some sockets are made adjustable to take pressures off areas that are sensitive as one is active.
  • Some sockets are made adjustable for all these reasons.

Last year, we presented examples of our adjustable sockets at the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists National Symposium in Chicago, demonstrating how it affects their quality of life, balance confidence, and functional mobility.

Adjustable sockets were developed to allow users to change the fit of their prosthesis independently throughout the day without taking the prosthesis off, increasing suspension and stability during ambulation.

The sockets developed in these case studies were based on specific issues the individual was having with an existing prosthesis such as loss of suspension while walking during the day or difficulty putting the prosthesis on.

If you are interested in learning more about adjustable sockets, call us!

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