Glossary

Here we hope to shed some light on any mysterious terminology specific to the field of prosthetics. As always, if you have any unanswered questions, don't hesitate to ask our team


A

Abduction:

Close to the body

Adduction:

Away from the body

Alignment:

Position of prosthetic socket in relation to foot and knee.

Amputation:

The loss or absence of all or part of a limb.

Atrophy:

A wasting of tissues; the decrease in the size of a normally developed extremity or organ

Anaplastology:

The art and science of prosthetic restoration for the eye, face, and other parts of the human body

C

Congenital Deficency:

Condition present at birth, when all or part of a limb fails to develop normally.

Contra-lateral:

Relating to the opposite side

Contracture:

A shortening of muscle and tendons, which causes a deformity or subnormal range of movement of a joint

Check Socket / Test Socket:

A trial socket, often transparent, made to evaluate comfort and fit prior to final (definitive) prosthesis design.

Cosmetic Cover:

A plastic foam or rubber material, laminate or stocking that gives a prosthetic device a more natural appearance.