Pre and Post-Operative Consultations
Making a decision to have a surgery or amputation can be difficult and we at Limbionics believe being well educated about all aspects of recovery and healing are important to your decision. We are continuously consulting with patients, families, and friends to explain the entire process moving forward, what to expect after surgery and the rehabilitation necessary to attain your prosthetic or orthotic device.
A very important fact to know is that YOU have the choice to choose who provides your prosthetic and orthotic care. Make sure that you have a Prosthetist or Orthotist who you feel comfortable with. Often times, you create a bond with your Prosthetist or Orthotist that can last a lifetime.
The reason for a prosthetic leg is to return to some form of walking if not more. Your Limbionics practitioner will extensively interview you to get as much information regarding your previous level of activity as possible. This information allows us to design the most appropriate prosthesis for you and your activities. We are happy to provide everything from very simple prostheses to very complex and microprocessor controlled knees and feet. These technologies include but are not limited to: C-leg knee, Genium knee, Compact knee, Orion knee, SLK knee, Rheo knee, Proprio foot, Elan foot, and even the BiOM foot.
We ensure our practitioners keep up with the latest technologies to be able to provide the best and most beneficial prosthetic components to our patients.
Your prosthesis is an extension of yourself, so let us help you create a design that matches your personality. We can do flesh tones, chrome, athletic teams, camouflage, flames, super heros, or any other theme you can think of. We can be as subdued or as wild as you would like. Please take a look at our gallery for some of our examples and see what interests you or gives you ideas of your own. (link to gallery)
Prosthetic arms are very detailed and complex. They can vary from passive prosthetics to body powered or myoelectric. We are able to provide many different components and technologies including the iLimb and Bebionic3 hand to aid in your prosthetic care. We enjoy meeting you for an evaluation and designing a prosthetic arm that enables you to regain function and return to a more independent lifestyle.
Any loss of a limb is traumatic, both physically and emotionally. Losing a finger(s) or toe(s) can be difficult and having a silicone prosthesis to cosmetically mimic the other remaining fingers or toes can be very beneficial. We are able to help provide these silicone prostheses so please come in and discuss your best options and allow us to explain the process of attaining such a detailed prosthesis.
Diabetic Foot Care
Often with Diabetes, people have side effects which include fragile skin, numbness (known as neuropathy) and swelling. These side effects can lead to issues with ulceration, infection and possible amputation. Diabetic shoes aid by providing extra depth, wider toe box, reduced amount of seams, and wider sizes. These shoe characteristics can greatly help reduce the risk of ulceration and amputation. It is critical that those with Diabetes be evaluated for proper shoes.
Our practitioners have worked extensively with the areas best wound care facilities and maintain close relationships with those medical professionals to assist in the healing of hard to heal wounds, continuous care, and month long follow-ups.
Diabetic socks are used to help wick away moisture and they do not have compressive top bands which can reduce circulation, and most importantly, they do not have seams at the toes of the socks which helps greatly reduce possibility for problems inside the shoe.
Diabetic Foot Orthotics
Often times skin can become fragile with Diabetes and if we compile fragile skin with pressure from standing on our feet it can be a recipe for trouble such as ulceration. To properly care for your diabetic feet, it is important to get proper foot orthotics made of materials specifically made for diabetic skin. Having the wrong foot orthotics can just make problems worse!
Feet have over 100 moving parts including 26 bones that work in conjunction with ligaments, muscles and tendons to support and balance our bodies. Walking puts up to 1.5 times a person’s bodyweight on the foot and on average a person walks an average of 1000 miles each year.
Foot pain often is not just limited to the feet. Often times foot pain affects other joints and causes issues of the knees, hip and back. This is why it is important to get proper foot care including foot orthotics promptly when foot pain begins. Research has proved that back problems are often caused by foot imbalances.
Foot orthotics are used to reduce pain, support feet, prevent deformities, correct pressures during weight bearing, improve balance, prevent injury, prevention of muscle compensations, and improve overall function of feet. Athletes also often utilize foot orthotics to provide support and shock absorption. Foot orthotics are custom medical devices that alter your body and should only be provided by certified medical professionals such as Certified Orthotists.
Custom foot orthotics are often used for relieving pain secondary to plantar fasciitis, bunions, sprains, flat feet, and diabetic foot conditions.
An AFO is the abbreviation for an Ankle Foot Orthosis. An AFO is a special brace that is used to help control the ankle joint and also support the foot.
There are many types of AFOs. AFOs can be custom or off the shelf. AFOs can be made of many different materials including carbon fiber, plastic or metal. AFOs are used for different medical issues such as drop foot, ankle instability, ankle sprains, arthritis, tendonitis, posterior tibial tendon dysfunction and many other concerns.
A certified Orthotist can properly assess you and design the optimal brace for you.
Back braces can be referred to as LSO (Lumbo Sacral Orthosis) or TLSO (Thoraco Lumbo Sacral Orthosis) and are used for fractures, pain reduction, posture correction, and for prevention of injury. Common problems requiring back braces are sciatica, degenerative disc disease, arthritis, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, kyphosis, and other issues.
80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain can greatly limit a person’s quality of life and ability to work. Getting a proper back brace has the ability to reduce pain.
Knee braces are used for many reasons. Some of these reasons are osteoarthritis, ligament damage (ACL, MCL, LCL, PCL damage), relieving pain, preventing injuries, and rehabilitation after surgeries. Braces can be custom or not custom, depending on your needs.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it was found that in 2006, approximately 30% of adults had reported knee pain in the past month. This shows how common knee issues are in America. Knee pain should not be ignored because it causes compensatory issues which can lead to further damage or problems with other body parts besides the knee.
Knee braces can be very beneficial to returning to a comfortable and active lifestyle and many athletes are now wearing knee braces to prevent further injury. There are hundreds of different knee braces on the market and it is important to go to a certified Orthotist for a proper knee brace evaluation and fitting. There is not just one brace that works on everyone, so having an expert who knows the different bracing options is of utmost importance for your best care.
Often after a fracture, people are placed in a cast or are given the option to get a fracture orthosis which makes bathing easier and are found to be more comfortable than a cast.
Fractures are common and can happen from tripping over a shoe, slipping on ice, catching yourself while falling, or countless other ways. However you fracture a bone, it is important to seek help immediately. Once your physician has examined your fracture thoroughly, they will explain if an orthosis is a good option for your care.
Common fractures that we see are:
Spinal fractures, humeral fractures, tibial fractures, ankle fractures, and fractured toes and wrists
We are also able to create many other orthoses that do not fit in the previous categories. Some of these are: face masks, compression, pectus carinatum bracing, and much more. If you think an orthosis could help you please call us and we would love to discuss orthotic options. We are experts in designing and fabricating braces and prosthetic limbs so we are able to customize devices or make things that are not readily or commercially available.