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What prostheses and other fitting options are available?

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What prostheses and other fitting options are available?
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What will my life be like with a prosthesis or orthopaedic footwear?

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What will my life be like with a prosthesis or orthopaedic footwear?
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What is a partial foot prosthesis?

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What is a partial foot prosthesis?
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How well will I be able to walk with a partial foot prosthesis?

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How well will I be able to walk with a partial foot prosthesis?
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Is a partial foot prosthesis suitable for me?

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Is a partial foot prosthesis suitable for me?
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How can I obtain a partial foot prosthesis?

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How can I obtain a partial foot prosthesis?
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How can I get reimbursement for my partial foot prosthesis?

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How can I get reimbursement for my partial foot prosthesis?
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What is a partial foot prosthesis made of?

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What is a partial foot prosthesis made of?
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How do I care for a partial foot prosthesis?

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How do I care for a partial foot prosthesis?
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How can I obtain a partial foot prosthesis?

The trial fitting of a partial foot prosthesis

A team effort

Prescribing a prosthesis involves your doctor, the prosthetist and the paying party. Once your prosthesis has been approved, close cooperation between you and your doctor, the prosthetist and the medical supply company is required for an optimum fit.

Application, plaster cast, test prosthesis and final partial foot prosthesis

You should first talk to your doctor about the possibility of a partial foot prosthesis. If you have health insurance, you'll need a prescription to be fitted for a prosthesis in a medical supply company. Health insurers normally cover the cost of a purely functional model, and you'll be expected to pay for any cosmetic features, such as different skin colours.

Consult the medical supply company of your choice

Your next step is to find a medical supply company that has a great deal of experience with partial foot prostheses.

Ottobock is not only a trusted supplier of prosthetics, but also works with certified partners who have the required equipment, technology and special training to ensure an optimum fitting. In addition, Ottobock and its partners continue to support you long after you've been fitted with your prosthesis.

Use the search function to find a certified Ottobock fitting expert near you. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you cannot find a specialist in your area.

At your first appointment with the medical supply company, your prosthetist will discuss with you the requirements of your silicone prosthesis as well as the options available.

Once you've decided on a prosthesis, you'll have a second appointment where the prosthetist will precisely measure your foot, take photos and prepare a plaster cast.

These data will be used to make a trial prosthesis for you to wear for at least four weeks. This trial period allows the prosthetist to adapt the prosthesis as needed. If for no other reason, this is necessary because your muscles gain strength through exercise as the prosthesis allows you to walk again. At the same time, this is the first chance for you to get accustomed to using a prosthesis.

During this period it's important that you try out the prosthesis in various everyday situations, since this is the only way to find out the optimal positioning.

At this stage, the prosthetist may want to try out different prostheses with you or the benefits of custom-made orthopaedic footwear.

The trial prosthesis is also used to test the exact fit to your residual limb, so that your prosthesis will be comfortable to wear in the long term. The shape and length of the replacement foot can also be checked – and corrected, if necessary. Your feedback on the positioning and fit is essential here, because no changes can be made after this stage.

Based on your experience with the trial prosthesis, the final prosthesis will be made. Taking into consideration all the information and corrections gathered over the trial period, you'll soon receive your own, customised partial foot prosthesis that allows you to lead a virtually normal life.