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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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What is a partial foot prosthesis made of?

Silicone: the stuff the future is made of

Ottobock uses high-quality medical grade silicone (HTV silicone) in its partial foot prostheses. This type of silicone is so safe that it's even approved for use inside the body by the American health authorities.

Silicone partial foot prosthesis: Soft, stable, weather-proof and skin-friendly

The major advantage of this high-quality silicone is that its rigidity and hardness can be varied on different parts of the foot. This means all the various parts of your prosthesis can fulfil their precise functions: firm where your foot rolls over, softer where your residual limb takes the strain.

The silicone is pliable but remains stable and firm. Nor is it affected by extreme conditions: it can just as easily stand the Antarctic as the Sahara and is resistant against salt water. So your choice of future travel destinations need not be limited by your for partial foot prosthesis.

The silicone used in your prosthesis is also highly skin-friendly: since it is gas and vapour-permeable, it allows perspiration to dissipate. It doesn't contain softening agents (which are now suspected of being harmful to health), doesn't become porous and is odourless. In fact, the material is usually perceived as pleasant on the skin.

If well cared for, you can expect your prosthesis to last up to five years – see the next section on How do I care for a partial foot prosthesis?