Lower Extremity Prosthetics

As some people lose their limbs or feet due to trauma injuries, disease, cancer and infections, not all amputations are planned, meaning how much of the limb remains, may vary. Some amputations are from the ankle, above the knee, below the knee and some are bilateral.

Nonetheless, the loss of one or more feet or legs from any point creates difficulties for daily tasks of life and carries its own self-esteem challenges. For those who may have difficulties with everyday life and yearn for more mobility, Dr Bronkhorst may be able to assist in prosthetic devices for lower limbs.

Those who may benefit from a lower extremity prosthesis may include those who have had a foot, below or above knee amputation due to various reasons. After amputation, these patients are left with a stump which not provides difficulties in daily tasks but causes reason for others to stare. While not everyone who has undergone an amputation desires a prosthetic device, others might.

Beyond improving mobility, a lower extremity prosthesis can also:

  • 1.  Increase the number of energy amputees has
  • 2.  Enhance self-image and confidence
  • 3.  Motivate a positive outlook on life
  • 4.  Aid in enhancing posture

Whether you are considering a prosthetic foot, lower leg or upper leg and knee for functional reasons or aesthetic reasons, Dr Bronkhorst is compassionate in customising a prosthetic device to fulfil your needs.

What prosthetics are available?

Above Knee

Those with amputations above the knee may require a trans-femoral prosthesis which would need to be custom fit depending on how much of the thighbone (femur) remains. The socket is then made to fit snug onto the femur to ensure it is comfortable and functional.Dr Bronkhorst may also discuss the different options for suspension of the prosthesis and what may be best suited for you. You will also need to choose the type of knee joint and foot you prefer. With his expertise and compassion, Dr Bronkhorst will help you make these decisions.

Below Knee

Amputations below the knee mean that the knee joint is intact. The prosthesis will then depend on how much of the lower leg remains. The socket is then custom made to fit snug onto the leg from where it has been amputated, making it comfortable, functional and aesthetically pleasing. For these prostheses, you will need to choose the type of foot you prefer. With both kinds of prostheses, the patient's preferences are considered as some prefer exposed, and others want a rather realistic looking prosthesis. Dr Bronkhorst may help you decide on the best option for you and help you achieve the aesthetic goals you desire.