Below Knee Prosthetics
Fit? Function? Appearance?
It takes a prosthetist and an artist to get all three!
All fitting and component selections are made to maximize prosthetic outcomes
Sad but true, appearance is the last thing on your prosthetists mind. And there is a reason. It is really not in his skill sets. He did his job. It was about getting you walking again. And if he did it right, you do, and are comfortable and able to do most of the things you did before your amputation/injury. But that pipe you were walking on needed a lot more than a foam cover, and you waited for more. At least you can cover it with pants, right?
You don't need to settle unless you want to. And to be honest, most people do. But I have also found that you can't treat appearance as an after thought to make it work. And I have also found many patient settle for more than just a loss of appearance. And it amazes me what they accept. I see it in my clinic everyday. And I am glad that you don't have to be one of them, because Genesis can make something more like what you thought you were going to get. From start to finish. From casting to the final brush stroke.
I don't refinish other peoples work. Why? Three reasons. First, a prosthesis only finishes well if it has been well planned. With no exceptions, every piece I refinished for someone else was poorly planned, which make double work for me, and puts me in the uncomfortable position of knocking someone else's work, either directly, or indirectly. It makes for mad patients, and mad prosthetists, who in their own right (and in your prosthetist's defense) may have done their job correctly.
Remember, they are trained to get you to walk, not to make you look nice. Finally, its easy (and cheap) for me to finish a leg as part of the whole package, so a cosmetic finish is standard from me. It's more bang for your buck and you don't have to come up with extra cash or fight with your insurance, except to tell them they are getting a better value.
The finished below knee prosthesi has been shaped and custom painted to look like the patient. It's also important to know the components of the prosthesis impact the results of the finish.
Prosthetic Keels and Energy Storing Feet
Genesis is a full service prosthetic clinic, fitting all types of prosthetic components. Energy storing feet are not really new, but patients should be aware of the many variety available. The selection of the prosthetic foot can greatly impact the appearance and function of your prosthesis as well. The principle works kind of like an upside-down diving board, like the diver being sprung into the air, the foot can asssist in propelling the patient forward during walking.