Frequently Asked Questions About Prosthetics & Orthotics

Prosthetic, orthotic questions

You should expect to have lots of questions when selecting a new practitioner or device. Sometimes you may even need to ask the same question more than once. We’ve listed the most frequently asked questions about prosthetics and orthotics here for you. Not seeing what you’re looking for? Give us a call we’re here to help.

What is a prosthetic?

Commonly called artificial limbs, prosthetics are used to replace limbs that have been amputated or missing due to traumatic injury, disease or birth defect.

What is an orthotic?

Orthotics are also known as braces and are used to correct, support or replace musculoskeletal function lost as a result of injury or congenital defect.

What if my prosthesis or orthosis needs repair?

Stop wearing your device and call our office, (718) 748-4880, immediately to arrange for an office appointment.

Do I need a prescription if I want to have an adjustment made?

Not usually. If the adjustment involves a significant change or replacement prosthesis or orthosis, you will need a prescription.

Can I adjust the prosthesis or orthosis myself?

No, this can lead to personal injury or damage to the device and will void any warranty. If you need an adjustment, please call us, we will get you in quickly to make any adjustments needed to make you comfortable.

Can I play sports with my prosthesis or orthosis?

Yes, we want you to enjoy your life! If there are any limitations or restrictions your physician will advise you and we will confirm that with you.

Can I change the components to my prosthesis (i.e. ankle or foot)?

Yes, with a prescription, these components can be changed.

How long should I wear my brace each day?

It’s best to follow the wearing schedule recommendations given to you by your physician, physical therapist or our office. And if you’re not sure or don’t remember, just give us a call.

What should I do if the fit or function of my orthosis or prosthesis changes?

There are many reasons why the fit or function of your orthosis or prosthetic change including normal wear and tear of the device as well as physical changes that you may experience over time. Please call our office to schedule a visit.

How often should I replace a brace?

They should be replaced if you have significant wear or physiological change (weight gain or loss of the limb or swelling). Give us a call and we can discuss your options. It is important to note that there may be insurance limitations for your replacement but we help you find that answer.

Can I shower with my prosthesis or orthosis?

Most devices are not design to get wet. However, some devices are specifically made for water activities. If you do get your device wet, it should be cleaned and dried thoroughly before you reapply it. If not dried properly, the padding may mildew.

What kind of shoes should I wear with my prosthesis or orthosis?

Almost any style of shoe can be worn as long as they comfortably fit both the brace and your foot.

My skin is red after I remove my prosthesis or orthosis. Is that normal?

Minimal redness is normal, but if it last longer than 30 minutes after removal contact us

When should I have a new socket fabricated for my prosthesis?

A new socket is called for if your residual limb changes in shape or size or if you are wearing more than 10 ply of socks. Changes in your residual limb may be the result of weight gain or loss as well as swelling and healing.

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718-748-4880

355 Ovington Avenue, Ste. 104
Brooklyn, NY 11209
Fax: 718-748-4884

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Certifications

A few of the certifications our CPOs hold include:

C-Leg micro processing Knee

RHEO Knee

Proprio Foot

Helix Hip Joint

Triton Harmony Vacuum Systems

Stance Control Knee Brace: Free Walk

Stance Control Knee Brace: E-MAG Active

American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association

Contact:

355 Ovington Avenue, Ste. 104
Brooklyn, NY 11209
Phone: 718-748-4880
Fax: 718-748-4884