Things You Need to Know About Prosthetics and Orthotics 

10.10.18 06:51 PM By laurenegesick4010

A prosthetic can be defined as manmade body part supposed to stand in place of the actual body part where is it missing. That is a device that is made artificially with the purpose of replacing a lost part of the body, like an arm or a leg. The loss of these body parts could be accidents, illnesses or in other cases inherited conditions. The prosthetic devices are aimed at restoring the normal functioning of the part of the body that is missing. On the other hand, an orthotic is a device meant to correct the structure and functioning of a body part, especially muscular and skeletal. Unlike the prosthetic devices which replace missing body parts, the orthotic devices do not replace but help in modifying and correcting the functioning of a certain structure.

Prosthetic devices were made with the purpose of restoring normal functioning of missing body part. People lose parts of the bodies in different ways, say in accidents where maybe a limb is cut off completely, or amputation of parts of the body to prevent spreading of a disease. Due to losing these parts of the body, the patients are not able to go back to their normal routine of life. The prosthetic devices were then invented to try and enable such patients to have their normal routine back. After losing a limb, the patient visits a prosthetist, who then measures the other healthy limb, makes the mold, designs the sockets and aligns the prosthetic device. Once the patient's wound is healed, the artificial limb is attached and the patient is trained on how to use and care for the prosthetic by a physical therapist. The patient is able to function normally, even though straining activities are advised against.  Check out this torticollis baby helmet or find the best prosthetic companies.

One of the most common uses of the orthotic device is on the inner soft pad of a shoe with the aim of correcting the biomechanical problems a person may have in standing or walking. These biomechanical problems are normally caused either by injuries, where perhaps an ankle dislocates or during relocating, it does not return to its normal position or diseases like arthritis. As a result, the weight of the body lands on one part of the heel instead of being distributed evenly on the leg, causing problems in walking. The orthotic device is made in form of a cushion which is soft and comfortable. It can be inbuilt in shoes or can be bought independently. A patient is however advised to visit a specialist too as to be prescribed the correct orthotic device. Continue reading more on this here: