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Prosthetic sockets stabilized by alternating areas
of tissue compression and release

Randall D. Alley, CP, LP, et al.


Figure 24. Definitive prosthesis made using check socket of Figure 23 with special-purpose terminal device for cycling and boating.

Traditional prosthetic sockets are almost circular in cross section. This shape permits the remaining bone to move substantially before it is close enough to the socket wall to cause motion. Compression-stabilized sockets are made with four long depressions that push the tissue close to the bone and prevent motion. Between these depressions are open release areas to accommodate the displaced tissue. The release areas may be left open for cooling. Persons with above-knee amputations have improved gait and stability, while persons with arm amputations have better control of their artificial hands or hooks.

Volume 48 Number 6, 2011
   Pages 679 — 696


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Alley RD, Williams TW III, Albuquerque MJ, Altobelli DE. Prosthetic sockets stabilized by alternating areas of tissue compression and release. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2011; 48(6):679-96.
DOI:10.1682/JRRD.2009.12.0197
ResearcherID: Randall D. Alley, CP, LP: C-8095-2011
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