components, as well as
determination of specific timelines and technical process of fabrication. The
design of the prosthesis should reflect the needs of the
patient based on a thorough physical and biomechanical
assessment, including gait analysis, fitness or activity
level and X-ray evaluation, as required.
Advancements in materials
technology have led to the development of more
sophisticated knee and foot componentry. Prosthetic feet
offer a variety of energy saving or storing
characteristics. As well, a wide range of new plastics
and reinforcement materials provide selective
flexibility and rigidity in prosthetic sockets.
The integration of clinical and
technical advancements into daily clinical practice have
led to greater comfort and a more responsive prosthesis.