Wed, Apr 24, 2019
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Patient Care Prosthetic Fittings & Adjustments

Prosthetic Fittings and AdjustmentsDayton Artificial Limb is known for going above and beyond to take care of our patients.  Our comprehensive approach to care includes patient preparation and education, in-house physical therapy, and complete case management.  But the core of our business - and where it all started for us - is prosthetic fittings and adjustments.

Even though our business has grown significantly since the beginning - and even though we continue to add services that contribute to the care and well-being of our patients - we've never lost our passion for prosthetic fit and function.  The fascinating integration between health care and engineering - and the daily reminder that our efforts make a huge impact in the lives of those that we serve - combine to keep us focused and driven to deliver the best possible prosthetic solutions.  And our unique relationship to our sister company, Prosthetic Design, Inc., provides us with access to engineers and production capabilities that are simply available at no other clinic.

Our passion, our resources, and our dedicated people are responsible for making us the region's leading lower-limb prosthetic clinic.  We are very experienced with every aspect of Elevated Vacuum Socket Systems (EV) including the Elevated Vacuum Locking System (EVLS).   We are accredited by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics.  And we are focused on the education of our patients and other health care professionals.  So when it comes to prosthetic fittings and adjustments, we believe that no one does it better.

Our prosthetic fitting and adjustment process typically works like this:

Step 1: Evaluation
A dedicated practitioner will evaluate our patient so that their prosthetic needs can be assessed.

Step 2: Measure or Cast for the Liner
We will either take distal measurements (for an off-the-shelf liner) or take a cast (for a custom liner).

Step 3: Fit the Liner
We will don the liner and check for proper fit.

Step 4: Measure or Cast for the Socket
We will either take measurements over top of the liner or take a cast to select the socket.

Step 5: Fit the Socket
The socket is fit to the patient - either on components or on the casting stand.   We then determine the ideal ply of sock and complete any necessary modifications to the socket.

Step 6: Alignment
The patient walks in the parallel bars, their gait is assessed, and any required changes are made.

Step 7: Recheck
The patient's skin is checked for marks that might indicate excessive pressure.  Additional alignment changes are made, as needed.

Step 8: Cosmetic Cover
The patient will be measured and photographed for a life-like cosmetic covering.

Step 9: Continual Rechecks
We continue with periodic progress checks of the patient with the prosthesis to evaluate the fit and function of the leg.  The practitioner will check the fit of the socket and the function of the components.