Prosthetics — Lower Limb
Northeast Orthotics and Prosthetics has been providing individualized prosthetic care to amputees of all levels for over 30 years, from partial foot to hemipelvectomy amputations. We utilize current technologies in materials, components, and techniques to match each amputee's needs and goals in life.
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Carbon Fiber Footplates:
For the metatarsal amputee who retains the functions of the foot, a specifically selected, by body weight, carbon foot plate with filler and arch support is fitted to one's shoe and is interchangeable. This design provides push off and propulsion to those who are missing toes.
Carbon Fiber Ankle Foot Prostheses:
Similar to foot plates, but for partial foot amputations that are at tarsal/metatarsal levels; they extend from under the remaining foot up the lower leg to provide dorsiflexion and push off.
Trans Tibial Prostheses (Below Knee):
While there is a vast array of components and techniques available to us; we rely on the consistency of comfort and function that pinned silicone liners to shuttle locks, when fitted to total surface bearing interface sockets provide. We use various energy storing feet with alignable pylons to further the amputee's return to near normal function.
Trans Femoral Prostheses (Above Knee):
We also use silicone liners, at this level, that are tethered to the socket by means of a lanyard passed through an opening at the bottom of the socket and secured to the outside front wall. The socket interface is a design developed by Mark Marich, CPO that incorporates ischial containment for enhanced stability of the cut femur but is also not so aggressive as to be potentially uncomfortable. An appropriate knee is selected based on the amputee's potential ability to return to a foot over foot gait pattern. A foot is selected to compliment the knee.
Unlike conventional prosthetic systems, the C-Leg minimizes the risk of falling immediately and users can tackle uneven terrain or descend stairs without thinking about every step. The revolutionary microprocessor that controls the C-Leg receives feedback from multiple sensors 50 times a second, allowing the knee to anticipate your next move and make adjustments in real time. This unique hydraulic leg system features a microprocessor-controlled stance and swing phase and uses cutting-edge technology to provide maximum stability.
Hip Disarticulation and Hemipelvectomy Prostheses:
Socket designs provide single limb stance stability and generally encompass the entire pelvis. An articulating hip joint and appropriate knee and foot are used. This level of amputation has always demanded the most physical exertion by the amputee to walk. However, new technology has provided an electronic hip joint to compliment an electronic knee which enables this level of amputee to walk with less energy expenditure.