Below Knee Prosthesis
Unfortunate events happen every day, and sometimes these events lead to the loss of a body part. When this happens, it can be difficult to cope with the change and move on with life. But with the help of modern prosthetics, people can once again lead fulfilling lives.
If you are missing a leg below the knee, a below knee prosthesis can help you regain independence and mobility even after an amputated leg. If you are considering a below knee prosthesis, call Alltech Prosthetics to learn more about the options available and what might be right for you.
What Is a Below Knee Prosthesis?
A below knee prosthesis, also known as a BKP, is a type of prosthetic device that is worn on the lower limb. It is used to replace a missing or damaged leg after below knee amputation. It consists of three main parts:
- a socket
- a shank (or “leg”)
- a foot
The socket is the part of the prosthesis that attaches to the residual limb. The shank is the part of the prosthesis that extends from the socket to the foot. The foot is the part of the prosthesis that makes contact with the ground and provides support and stability when walking.
Knee prosthetic leg is typically made from lightweight materials such as carbon fiber or titanium. They are designed to mimic the appearance and function of a natural leg as closely as possible for knee amputees.
How Does a Below Knee Prosthesis Work?
A knee prosthetic leg works by providing the user with a false leg that they can use to walk and move around.
The user of a knee prosthetic leg will need to undergo a period of rehabilitation to learn how to use the device. This process typically takes several weeks and may require physical therapy.
Once the user of a prosthetic leg has learned how to use it, they will be able to walk and move around independently. The prosthetic legs can be used for all types of activities, including walking, running, and swimming with the help of a prosthetic socket and a prosthetic foot.
Types of Below Knee Prosthesis
Before you can choose a below knee prosthesis, you will need to consult with a prosthetist to discuss the different options available. There are two main types of below knee prosthesis:
1. Non-Weight-Bearing Prosthesis
A non-weight-bearing prosthesis is designed for use in activities that do not require bearing weight, such as swimming or cycling. This type of prosthesis is typically made from lightweight materials and does not have a foot.
2. Weight-Bearing Prosthesis
A weight-bearing prosthesis is designed for use in activities that require bearing weight or with a knee joint effort, such as walking or running. This type of prosthesis is typically made from heavier materials and has a foot.
What Are the Benefits of Below Knee Prosthesis?
There are many benefits to using a below knee prosthesis after a knee amputation. Some of the most notable benefits include:
1. Improved Mobility and Independence
A below knee amputation prosthesis can help you regain your mobility and independence. It can also allow you to participate in activities that you enjoy.
2. Improved Quality of Life
A below knee prosthesis or even any prosthetic leg can definitely improve the quality of life for anyone who has undergone below knee amputation. This is because the person can get back to his/her daily routine and do things that they or used to do before the amputation.
3. Reduced Risk of Injury
With a proper prosthetic fitting, you can reduce your risk of injury. This is because a below knee prosthesis can help you to maintain your balance and prevent falls.
How to Choose the Right Below Knee Prosthesis
Before you can choose the best option for you, you must consider a few factors, including:
1. Type of Device
As we mentioned earlier, there are two main types of below knee prosthesis: non-weight-bearing and weight-bearing. You will need to decide which type of device is right for you based on your lifestyle and needs.
2. Materials Used
Below knee prostheses are typically made from lightweight materials such as carbon fiber or titanium. Consider which material is right for you based on your preference, budget, and lifestyle.
3. Level of Customization
Below knee prostheses can be customized to match your skin tone and natural leg shape for a better locking mechanism. Consider how much customization you want and afford.
The cost of a prosthetic leg can vary depending on the type of device, the materials used, and the level of customization. You must consider your budget when choosing a knee joint prosthesis.
5. Rehabilitation Process
A prosthetic leg requires a period of rehabilitation to learn how to use the device. This process typically takes several weeks and may require the help of a physical therapist. Consider your schedule and availability when making your choice.
Why Choose Alltech Prosthetics for Below Knee Prosthesis?
At Alltech Prosthetics, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the best possible care. We offer a wide range of services, including below knee prostheses.
We use the latest technology and techniques to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Does Below Knee Prosthesis Cost?
The cost of a below knee prosthesis can vary depending on the type of device, the materials used, and the level of customization.
Is Below Knee Prosthesis Covered by Insurance?
Below knee prosthesis may be covered by insurance. However, coverage varies depending on the insurer. Be sure to check with your insurer to see if your policy covers this type of prosthesis.
What Is the Rehabilitation Process for Below Knee Prosthesis?
The rehabilitation process for a prosthetic leg typically takes several weeks. During this time, you will learn how to use the device and how to care for it. You may also need to see a physical therapist to help you with your rehabilitation.
How Long Does Below Knee Prosthesis Last?
Below knee prostheses are designed to last for several years. On average, a prosthetic leg can last between three and five years.
However, the lifespan of the device may vary depending on the type of device, the materials used, and how well it is cared for.
Below Knee Prosthesis by Alltech Prosthetics
Getting below knee prosthesis is all about giving you back your mobility and independence. At Alltech Prosthetics, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the best possible care.
Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment.