OCT 21, 2012 - Oklahoma has one of the highest rates in the U.S. for diabetes-related amputation. People with diabetes can suffer from problems with circulation that can lead to the amputation of part of their leg..
After losing a leg to injury or disease, women adjusting to life with a prosthetic limb face the same challenges as men, with perhaps one added complication: how to wear high-heels? Students have developed an early version of a potential solution.
Austrian researchers have developed an affordable smart garment worn over prosthetic feet and ankles that provides sensation to amputees through vibrations. We can expect to see more smart garments for amputees and the team is already working on making a version for hands.
The average additional cost in the six months following a fall for transfemoral amputee patients requiring an emergency department visit was $18,000. For patients who had to be hospitalized, this extra expense was more than $25,000.
After an amputation, finding the right prosthetic is key – and it’s not that simple. There are tons of factors to consider. And everyone’s experiences are different, there are two big challenges to finding the right prosthetic: cost and fit. But a new (and way cool) technology could be changing all that: 3D printing. While 3D …