Unveiling the perfect fit: A guide to choosing the right prosthetic socket
Globally, it is estimated that over 1 million people each year experience a major amputation. In the UK alone, it has been reported that there are 9000 amputations per year, the majority of which are caused by diabetes. Any amputation is a devastating and life changing incident that takes time to adapt to. It causes a reduction in mobility, independence, and the ability to complete daily activities will be reduced. Many people may struggle with this change in body image and lifestyle.
The advancement in prosthetic technology over the past two decades has been driven largely by the amputees’ demand. These advances in prosthetic components are allowing amputees more freedom, stability, and the ability to reach their full rehabilitation potential. However, even with the most advanced technology, the amputee will be reliant on comfort of their socket. This is the portion of the prosthesis that interfaces with the residual limb which allows the amputee to control the prosthesis, and it is this interface which has to be comfortable and well fitting. Even with the greatest skill and care of the prosthetist, there will be days when the socket does not fit well or feels uncomfortable.
As the components have developed so too have the materials used to manufacture the socket, and these designs and materials have the ability to greatly improve the connection between the socket and the residual limb.
A prosthesis has a crucial role in providing you with the means to get back to the activities you enjoy and allow some sense of independence and normality. The socket will need to be changed frequently particularly in the early days. There are different methods of suspension, liners and socket materials. Socket materials can be plastic, lamination, carbon fibre and now the socket can be 3D printed. A 3D printed socket is the prosthetic revolution sockets have been waiting for.
The Augo is a new generation of 3D printed custom-made sockets that set a new standard in prosthetic care. Everyone’s circumstances and needs are different which is why our three Augo 3D printed transtibial sockets are individually designed through cutting-edge technology to 100% suit your condition. Augo Standard is designed using two unique materials and a soft brim for improved comfort.
Augo Comfort is designed using two unique materials and soft inner cushions for maximum comfort.
Augo Control is designed using two unique materials, a soft inner layer and an adjustable volume for maximum comfort. All are compatible with your favourite locks and suspensions.
How to choose the right prosthetic socket for you?
Consider the activities you want to do Everyone has different priorities. You might want a limb that provides the latest technology and allows for safety and stumble prevention. You may want to be able to run or play with your children in the park or the swimming pool that requires a waterproof limb. You may love to exercise and go cycling or rowing, or you may just want to be able to make a cup of tea or walk into a restaurant with your family. You may want to restore your bodies image and wear those high heels or have a tattoo on your prosthesis. As you and your prosthetist choose your components and prosthesis, the socket you choose must also fit your priorities.
Level of amputation
The prosthesis you choose will depend in part on the level of the amputation. There are multiple choices because there is no single device that is best for every person. For example, a leg amputation above the knee will require different components to an amputation below the knee.
Sock material and design
The socket is the area where the prosthetic and your body connect, so it is very important the correct design and material is made for comfort and functionality. Make sure there ability to easily control and adjust the fit of the socket to suit specific needs – allowing movement and giving you peace of mind to get on with everyday life.
Work with a trusted prosthetist
It’s important you find the right prosthetist. Trust and experience are a huge factor when it comes down to this. You’ll develop a long-term relationship with your prosthetist, and once you leave hospital this will be the person who you have most contact with regarding your prosthesis.
Choose a prosthetist you can easily get to as you’ll be making a number of trips to their clinic. After you’ve done this, check the company’s and prosthetist’s credentials, get feedback, reviews, and get some questions together to ask them, so you feel confident that they will meet your specific needs.
Choosing a prosthesis can be a daunting experience as it can turn out costly because every prosthesis is unique to the individual. Final costs can be varied, so it is important you seek the right information by booking an appointment with a trusted prosthetist to find the best solution for you. Once you’ve spoken about your needs, the prosthetist will be able to form an idea of the possible ways they’ll be able to help you and give you an indication of their costs, including conditions of warranty and guarantee.
Augo is the 3D prosthetics revolution you’ve been waiting for when it comes to prosthetic sockets. A new generation of 3D printed custom-made sockets, enabled by cutting-edge technology, sleek design, smart engineering, and the unique combination of two materials.
Key features of Augo
We use a patent-pending solution to ensure incredible strength while keeping weight to a minimum.
The socket is bench and mechanically tested for extraordinary performance.
A unique two material design unlike any other, with 3D matrix we create a new level of comfort.
With the rising number of amputees, the need for prosthetic sockets is now more prevalent than ever. The advancement of technology within the prosthetics industry means that each individual can be catered for, whatever their needs.