Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What should I bring to my appointment or my child's appointment?
A. Bring the current orthosis/prosthesis even if you, or your child, have outgrown it or it is broken. The patient must be present for all appointments, including adjustments. Additionally, you need to be sure to bring current insurance information and a current prescription.
Q. How long should I wear my brace each day?
A. Typically a brace should be worn during waking hours unless otherwise specified by your physician.
Q. What should I do if the fit or function of my othosis or prosthesis changes?
A. You should contact your orthotist or prosthetist at once.
Q. What do I do if my orthosis or prosthesis breaks?
A.Stop wearing your device and contact your orthotist or prosthetist immediately.
Q. Can I fix or adjust the orthosis or prosthesis myself?
A. No. This can lead to personal injury or damage to the device.
Q. Can an orthosis be adjusted for growth?
A. Yes. In most cases an orthosis can be adjusted in response to growth. Contact your orthotist for an appointment so he or she can evaluate the situation.
Q. How often should I see my orthotist or prosthetist?
A. Under normal circumstances you should see your orthotist or prosthetist every 3 to 6 months.
Q. Can I get my hard, plastic orthosis wet?
A. Yes. However, it should be cleaned and dried thoroughly before you reapply it. If it comes in contact with salt water be sure to rinse it thoroughly with fresh water. Be aware that the padding inside of some braces may mildew if not properly dried.
Q. Can I get my prosthesis wet?
A. Most prosthesis are NOT compatible with water unless they have been specifically designed for water activity.
Q. Do I need a prescription for an adjustment?
A. Not usually. However, if the adjustment involves changing the basic type or function of the orthosis or prosthesis you may need to see your physician for a prescription.
Q. How often should a brace be replaced?
A. This depends on the age and activity level of the patient. Higher activity levels can lead to a shorter "life" for the brace, as more activity generally means more wear. Additionally, younger patients need braces more often because they generally grow quickly.
Q. What should I do if the Velcro straps on my orthosis break?
A. Contact your orthotist at once. Often no appointment is needed for straps changes as they can be replaced easily.
Q. What kind of shoes should I wear with my orthosis or prosthesis?
A. We recommend athletic type shoes. Although, most shoes can be worn as long as they comfortably fit both the brace and your foot. However, you must not change the heel height of the shoe as it will change the function of the brace.
Q. Can I play sports in my orthosis or prosthesis?
A. Yes, unless otherwise directed by your physician, orthotist or prosthetist.
Q. Is it normal that my skin is red after I remove my orthosis or prosthesis?
A. Minimal redness is expected with both orthosis and prosthesis. However, if you experience redness or irritation that lasts longer than 30 minutes after removing the brace contact your orthotist or prosthetist.
Q. When should I have a new socket fabricated for my prosthesis?
A. When you are using 15 to 17 ply of socks or more, you should be evaluated by your prosthetist. Also, if the shape or size of your residual limb changes you should see your prosthetist about a new socket.
Q. Can the alignment of my prosthesis be changed as my activity level changes?
A. Yes, it is expected that the alignment of your prosthesis will change over time. This normally occurs in a new amputee as he or she adjusts to the prosthesis and becomes more active.
Q. Can the components of my prosthesis be changed (i.e. knee, ankle, foot)?
A. These components can be changed depending on the type of prosthesis. However, a prescription is usually needed to do so.
Q. How do I obtain new liners and/or socks?
A. A prescription and an evaluation are usually needed.