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Below Knee Prosthesis
A prosthesis below the knee (BK) or transtibial (TT) is custom-designed for a patient who has had a BK or TT amputation. The prosthesis comprises a customized socket, a liner, a pylon and a foot. Often, the below-knee prosthesis consists of a sleeve or other gear, based on the suspension mechanism used by the recipient
Suspension – A quality suspension system helps to hold the customized artificial limb to your residual limb. There are various forms of suspensions available.
Socket – It is a part of the artificial limb in which the residual limb sits. It can be made of thermoplastic, alloy or laminated material at different points in patient treatment but definitive sockets are made of graphite or laminated material ultimately.
Liner – Usually, a liner has a gel component to it to allow for shock absorption and comfort. This goes on the patient’s residual limb first usually and then the customized componentry of the prosthesis is then subsequently applied to help a person walk better.
Prosthetic Foot & Ankle – There are several different styles of feet and ankles available. An individual’s specific need dictates the choice.
You may refer to our blog to gain insight and in-depth information about below-knee prosthesis and other supportive devices. We strive to address as many questions as possible through the videos and corresponding articles that we make available to you as a free resource. We also have a pricing tab that helps people understand the costs of various types of below-knee prosthesis.
We hope that the free information we include in our blogs and on this page is helpful to you.