Losing one of your limbs can be devastating. After an amputation, you will have to navigate many new situations while you relearn how to do everyday tasks. An artificial limb can make the transition easier. Prosthetics allow people to participate in the activities they used to do. Here are four benefits of getting a custom prosthetic:
1. Less Irritation
A custom prosthetic will fit your body perfectly. It will cradle your limb stump without pinching or rubbing, which can prevent the formation of sores. Well-fitting prostheses are a worthwhile investment because they are less likely to cause irritation.
2. Better Stability
Custom prosthetics offer the best stability. Since these artificial limbs are custom-fitted to your body, you won't have to worry about your stump sliding in the socket of your prosthetic. When your prosthetic is stable and secure, you'll be able to walk, run, or lift everyday objects with confidence. Better stability means you will have more functionality.
3. Specialized Artificial Limbs
People who play sports may require specialized artificial limbs. Running blades are ideal leg replacements for people who run long distance and those who play sports that involve a lot of running on a court. Waterproof prosthetics designed for swimming can allow people to enjoy watersports. There are also custom arm prosthetics that can be used to play basketball, golf, baseball, and many other sports. If you're interested in getting a sport prosthetic to supplement the artificial limb you use for everyday wear, discuss your options with your prosthetist.
4. Choice of Materials
Artificial limbs can be crafted from various materials, depending on your goals and your body's needs. Plastic can be used because it's inexpensive, and it can be produced in colors that mimic human skin tones. When plastic is utilized, it is often placed around a core of metal to act as a shell. Carbon fiber may be used to form the bulk of an artificial limb because it is very tough without being too heavy. Your prosthetist can help you decide what materials should be used for your artificial limb.
These are just four of the reasons to consider investing in a custom prosthetic when you need to replace a limb. A prosthetist can begin construction on your artificial limb whenever you're ready. They will measure your limb stump and take molds to get the fit right. Your artificial limb will be assembled with care. The end result will be durable, attractive, and made especially for you.
To learn more about custom prosthetics, contact a prosthetist in your area.