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QUALITY OF LIFE WITH PROPER ORTHOTICS AND PROSTHETICS
Advancements in the field of prosthetics and orthotics have greatly improved the lives of individuals using these types of devices. Prosthetics are artificial limbs that are customized for each individual. Orthotics are devices such as braces, splints, and shoe inserts that help people more easily walk, run, or participate in daily activities. There are several tips you can follow for achieving the highest quality of life possible while using your orthotic or prosthetic. Make Sure You Receive the Best Fit Possible When you initially receive either a prosthetic or orthotic it’s crucial to make sure it fits as snugly and comfortably as possible. This will enable you to move freely and naturally. There are several signs that your device is not fitted correctly. These can include skin irritation, ulcers, and general pain. Becoming increasingly unsteady and losing your balance are other indications of an improper fit. There are several reasons why a device may no longer fit like it should. • Time and simple wear and tear can cause a device to no longer fit properly and hinder your ability to move effectively and comfortably. • Pregnancy, recent weight gain or loss, or even an illness can cause a device to no longer fit correctly. Technology is constantly changing and advancements are being made regarding how prosthetics and orthotics fit an individual. If a poor fit is hindering your quality of life, there may be new technology available that can change how comfortably and easily your device fits.
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