The number of servicemembers and civilians with amputations is increasing because of international conflicts and national health care concerns. Prosthetic sockets are the basic connection between people with amputations and their prostheses. However, the understanding of the materials used to make prosthetic sockets is limited, especially once fabrication alters these materials. This study examines the strength of the materials used for diagnostic and definitive sockets. The material properties measured will help inform the selection of materials and fabrication practices. Our study intends to improve material understanding and socket quality and provide a basis for the evaluation of future technologies.
Volume 48 Number 8, 2011
Pages 987 — 1004
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