FUNCTIONAL LIGHTWEIGHT LOW PROFILE SOCKET DESIGN FOR SYME’S AMPUTEES
Date of Award
Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics
An amputation at the level of the ankle joint is known as a Syme’s amputation. Traditional prosthetic sockets for Syme’s amputees are big, bulky and not-aesthetically pleasing spanning the entire length of the user’s lower leg. This research aims to design a functional lightweight low profile socket design for Syme’s amputees. Lack of current research in this area makes this study vital. Unilateral Syme’s amputees over the age of eighteen will be recruited to participate in this study. All participants will undergo an initial evaluation, fitting of new socket design with a 3-month trial period to follow. Participants will return for follow-ups 2-weeks, 1-month and 3-months post final fitting. Gait analysis will be conducted, along with skin checks and participant feedback. All participants will have the opportunity to give feedback throughout the process, as well as complete a questionnaire at the end of the 3-months. The expected outcomes for this study include a new socket design for Syme’s amputees that is functional and low profile leading to a higher acceptance rate, improved mobility and enhanced quality of life.