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By Crofton Podiatry
September 22, 2016
Category: Amputees

Prosthetics play a large role in the Paralympics as they enable disabled athletes to walk, run, cycle, and hold sports equipment. While watching the Paralympics, you may have noticed that the most common prosthetics are those of the leg (whole or partial). Athletes who were born with a missing limb and amputees who were victims of disease, injury, or trauma (like wars), have chances at competing for gold thanks to prosthetics. Some have even been able to surpass records set by non-disabled Olympians!

 

They even have a Paralympic repair shop for fixing the different prosthetics, as well as wheelchairs and other equipment necessary for the Paralympians to compete. For example, they have even refitted a refugee athlete’s prosthetic lower leg as the one he had before was fitted at a refugee camp and didn’t fit comfortably. They have all sorts of tools to adjust or even recreate new prosthetics for the athletes.

 

Each person has a unique body with unique requirements and there’s no such thing as “one-size-fits-all”. Each Paralympian may even have multiple types of prosthetics for their needs. According to the BBC, Stef Reid of Great Britain has four different types, including an everyday leg, straight line running and jumping leg, sport leg to allow for lateral motion, as well as a heel leg for when she wants to wear high heels.

 

Customization of prosthetics highlights the individual characteristics of each person. In the same way, caring for your body can be a unique process. Those with prosthetics can incur ailments and issues that are specific to their need to adapt to their prosthetics. Some use different muscles to mobilize the same way that non-disabled folks do. Dr. Brad Toll of Crofton Podiatry understands the uniqueness of each individual. Those that strain one side of their body more to compensate for the prosthetics may be more likely to suffer from Achilles tendinitis or plantar fasciitis.

 

If you have foot or ankle problems, our board-certified foot doctor will treat your specific needs at his Crofton, MD office. Call us at (410) 721-4505 to make an appointment today!

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