Advanced Prosthetics for Amputees
When you undergo amputation of your limb, prosthetics are often considered a part of your treatment plan. The right prosthesis can help you improve your quality of life by assisting you with your mobility and overall dexterity.
Learning how to acclimate to and care for your prosthesis properly is key to improving your quality of life post-amputation. At Horton’s Orthotics and Prosthetics, we do our best to offer comprehensive training and education for our new amputee patients. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about the fit or care of your prosthesis in person or by phone. We also offer a library of educational content through our blog, video content, our H.O.P.E. educational program, and partnership with A.B.L.E.
We offer a wide range of advanced prosthetics for amputees for both upper and lower limb amputations.
Post-op preparatory (temporary) and definitive (permanent) prostheses for below-knee (transtibial), above-knee (transfemoral), hip disarticulation, hemipelvectomy, and foot amputations.
- Lightweight carbon fiber and titanium components
- Endoskeletal soft foam coverings
- Hydraulic knee controls, in a variety of designs
- Multi-axial joints
- Energy-storing foot configurations
- Sports Prostheses
- lschial containment socket designs (narrow M-L/CAT CAM)
- Total surface bearing and Suction socket prostheses
- Conventional Exoskeletal Systems
- Flexible Sockets
- 3S systems
- Supracondylar suspension systems, (molded and articulating)
- Microprocessor controlled systems
- Elevated vacuum suspension systems
Functional and cosmetic prostheses for below-elbow, above-elbow, shoulder disarticulation, and hand or finger amputations.
- Myoelectric hands
- Electronically-operated elbow units
- Hand and finger restorations
- Wide array of hook/hand designs to suit patient activity
- Harness and cable configurations modified to patient muscular ability
- Passive/Cosmetic prostheses
- Bionic prostheses
These custom prosthetics are fabricated in our in-house fabrication shop to offer extended capabilities for amputees who wish to continue their sporting lifestyle. These prostheses are built to stand up to extended wear and athletic pursuits such as running.
- Cheetah Xtend
- Cheetah Xtreme
- Rheo Knee
- Power Knee
- Proprio Foot
- Symbionic Leg
- Moto Knee
- Versa Foot
We can create prosthetics designed to aid mobility through every stage of development from toddlers to adults. Please note that the rate at which your child will require a new prosthetic or prosthesis fitting depends on their age and how quickly they grow.
Contact our office if you need more of the following prosthetic accessories:
We’re happy to help you find the right accessories for the perfect fit. If you are experiencing any discomfort, always tell your prosthetist as soon as possible to prevent chafing, blisters, and sores.
Regularly Inspect the Hardware
Although limb care comes first, you’ll also want to pay special attention to your hardware. You should perform a full visual inspection every night before bed. Check your prosthesis for signs of wear and tear or more significant damage, including cracks, and pay close attention to the condition of the hardware. If you notice any problems with your prosthesis, let our team know as soon as possible. We will make the required repairs or adjustments–our number one priority is the comfort and function of your prosthesis.
How To Care for Your Prosthesis
Your prosthetic device presses against your skin, which means it’s crucial for your comfort that you clean it on a daily basis. Even the smallest particles of dirt and grit can chafe your skin and cause significant discomfort.
You can wash your socks and liners with your laundry (always check on proper care with your prosthetist before washing), but the prosthetic structure requires a manual wipe-down. You can gently clean the prosthetic socket by using a damp cloth and gentle soap. After cleaning, wipe the surfaces with a small amount of rubbing alcohol. Allow it to dry fully before wearing.
Lower- and Upper-Extremity Prosthetics
Our prosthetics are purpose-built to support your everyday needs and sports activities. Our lower-extremity prosthetics allow for restored mobility with a lightweight carbon fiber and titanium structure. Prosthetics for upper extremities offer cosmetic and functional utility through manual, electronic, and bionic controls.
Your comfort and satisfaction depend on acquiring the best prosthetic device for your situation. Talk to our prosthetic team about your everyday activities and mobility goals. Whatever you need from your prosthesis, we’re here to help you achieve it.
Technology Used in Prosthetics
To improve the function and utility of upper- and lower extremity prosthetics, our research and development teams strive to craft new technologies. Basic lower-extremity prosthetics operate using gravity, which demands the user carefully place the leg and balance on it to take each step. For upper-extremity prosthetics, a harness and pulley system allows for activation of the pincher or hand.
Modern technological advancements involve the integration of hydraulic, electronic, and bionic systems to improve the function of prosthetics. Bionic systems, in particular, show great promise with sensory feedback aiding the movement and positioning of the prosthetic limb. The technology used in prosthetics helps these devices feel more natural during normal, everyday use and sports activities.
Prosthetic Leg Education
The first step to proper prosthesis care is arming yourself with knowledge. It can be overwhelming to try and absorb all the information thrown at you right after amputation surgery. That’s why Horton’s Orthotics and Prosthetics offers patient education in as many easily-accessible formats as possible. Check out our library of educational materials, our video library, our blogs, and our patented H.O.P.E. system for more information. And if you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at Horton’s.
Care Routines and Education for Advanced Prosthetics for Amputees
At Horton’s, we are dedicated to helping you effectively use and care for your prosthetics. With the right care and education, you can keep your prosthetic devices in excellent condition for years of regular use.
Regular check-ins and fittings are an important part of your care process. Call us today at (501) 683-8889 or request an appointment to learn how to care for your prosthetics.
Learn about how Horton’s custom fabricated products will help you maintain your quality of life and active lifestyle.
Check out our video clips for more information
How to Use and Maintain Your Prosthetic Socks
How to Use and Maintain Your Prosthetic Liners
How to Use and Maintain Your Prosthetic Shrinker
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