The prosthetic industry is something most people don’t really know about until they need it, and it’s often hard to find information about it. There is no handbook to becoming an amputee, but what makes A Step Ahead unique in the orthotic and prosthetic industry is that everything we do is entirely done in-house. From start to finish, each item we create for our patients is done within days. We do not outsource any of the work, which enables us to give our patients a better-fitting prosthesis in a very short period of time.
Most of our patients are fitted within a single week. On day one, they are casted in our facility with one of the prosthetists, and by the end of day one, they are in their diagnostic socket, a temporary socket made of clear plastic meant to help the prosthetist get a perfect fit for the final prosthesis. By day two, the prosthetist will have a complete prosthetic made, and the rest of their time at our facility will be spent working on gait training and adjusting the socket! Some vital things to remember: you should not be waiting for weeks or months to walk in your finished prosthetic, and once it is finished, you should not need to make frequent trips to the prosthetist for adjustments; comfort and durability are essential when using a prosthetic, and a well-made prosthetic will have both.
We’re also very proud of our ability to make custom prosthetics to enable our patients to do the activities they love. Anything you wants to do like dancing, gymnastics, soccer, swimming, etc. is possible! Our motto is “Live Life Without Limitations,” and we stand by our commitment to help them achieve their goals and truly live their lives without limitations.