Prosthetic sockets are the connecting feature between a person with amputation and his or her prosthesis. However, we have limited knowledge on the strength of these sockets and no accepted standard to test them. This article evaluates the static strength of prosthetic check sockets, copolymer sockets, and definitive laminated sockets obtained from nine facilities (central fabrication, private practice, and military). The results demonstrated that socket strength was not consistent and varied between and within facilities. This article provides information about the quality of prosthetic sockets, insights on improving patient care, and a way to evaluate future technologies.
Volume 49 Number 3, 2012
Pages 405 — 426
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