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Common Questions about Prosthetics

The time required to learn how to use a prosthesis depends on many factors including your prior level of activity, the level of your amputation, and your goals and motivation. Our staff will work with you every step of the way to help ensure that you reach your goals as quickly as possible and that you resume your life without limitations.

Feet are recommended based on a multitude of factors that are specific to the patient. Considerations include activities the patient pursues on a daily basis, recreational activities, work environment, home environment, value placed on cosmesis, and whether the final prosthesis will be covered or not. Each foot is then specifically categorized based on the weight of the patient and the amount of forces that will be put through the foot according to the above listed factors.

It depends on the type of prosthesis. A Step Ahead Prosthetics can create water legs that are completely submersible in water. Some microprocessor knee units are waterproof, although many are not. Your prosthetist will advise you to the care that should be taken when using your prosthesis around water.

Common Questions about PRicing

There are many different options for prosthetic knees: mechanical, polycentric, manual, hydraulic, and computerized. The cost and setup of a prosthesis and prosthetic components can vary depending on each patient’s needs. For more information about specific costs and the benefits of different prosthetic parts, please call our office to speak to us.

Every insurance policy is different. Our insurance department and prosthetic staff will work with you to ensure that you are informed of all of the details of your prosthetic coverage.

All of the prosthetics made at A Step Ahead Prosthetics are customized for each individual patient based on anatomy, needs, functional lifestyle, and cosmetic preferences. In order to provide you with an accurate cost estimate, please contact our office so that we can set up an in-person or phone consultation for you with Erik Schaffer, C.P.

Common Questions about our hyper-realistic silicone prosthetics

The life expectancy of the silicone skin depends completely upon the person wearing it. With proper care, they are quite durable.

The silicone skins themselves are waterproof, but the underlying mechanics of the leg may not be. Your prosthetist will be able to advise you on proper care of your prosthesis and skin cover.