Overview of Lower Limb Prostheses


This one hour introductory level course for PT/PTA, OT/OTA, RN, Case Managers and other health care professionals reviews common terms associated with prosthetics and levels of amputation of the lower limbs. A generalized time line for the rehabilitation of an individual after lower limb amputation will be discussed. Aspects of creating a lower limb prosthetic design will be presented, including discussions of: user evaluation process; interface materials; types of suspension available; categories of prosthetic feet and knees; and additional components that may be incorporated into a prosthesis for maximized user outcomes. The course concludes with group discussion of three hypothetical patient profiles.

Course Syllabus

Course Handout

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Recall common terms associated with prosthetics
  • Identify and describe levels of amputation of the lower limbs
  • Discuss a generalized timeline for the rehabilitation of an individual after a lower limb amputation
  • Identify typical components used in the fabrication of a lower limb prosthesis, such as the various kinds of interfaces, transtibial and transfemoral sockets, types of suspension, and categories of feet and knees
  • Interpret and discuss hypothetical patient profiles indicating the need for a lower limb prosthesis

AOTA Classification Codes

  • Domain of OT: Client Factors
  • OT Process: Intervention

Hanger Clinic is an AOTA approved provider of occupational therapy continuing education. This course has been approved for 1.0 CE Contact Hours. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA APP No: 8417.