Prosthetic Socket Fit

Above knee prosthetic socket fitting.

The key to a good prosthetic leg is proper fit of the prosthetic socket. Which depends first and foremost on the expertise of your prosthetist. Therefore it is difficult to say if your prosthetic socket fit is good or if you could have a better one. I have seen many prosthetists and more than once I had to change my prosthetist because the prosthetic socket I got was uncomfortable or even painful.

The prosthetic socket I am demonstrating in this video is unconventional because I hold this socket purely with muscle contraction in my residual limb. I do not need a silicone liner or a donning aid (to pull the stump skin into the socket). This might not work for all above knee amputees. However, the precise fitting of this socket is a demonstration of what is possible even with a short stump. This should give hope to amputees who are struggling with their current prosthetic leg. See my video to understand why this above-knee prosthetic socket is exceptional.

I give credit to my prosthetist Alexander Schwarz from Schwarz Prosthetics in Hamburg, Germany, who was patient enough to try out unconventional ways and whose expertise as a specialist for above knee prosthetic sockets is unparalleled. For me as an above knee amputee a prosthetic socket that is both functional and comfortable is a major factor for my quality of life!

Also see this video in which I show how I don my above-knee prosthesis:

Easily Donning my Above Knee Prosthetic Leg

In the following video I am testing my socket on difficult terrain, requiring a maximum of stability in the socket. See how it works, even with a short stump:

Also see my post on my flexible prosthetic socket.

Flexible Prosthetic Socket

Prosthetic socket comfort often is a big problem for above knee amputees. The flexible prosthetic socket I am demonstrating here has changed my quality of life as an above-the-knee amputee! This socket is very comfortable, yet providing good stability when I walk on my prosthetic leg. When I have a day in office, or in my job having long meetings with customers, I require a comfortable prosthetic socket that enables me to sit for long hours without having pain from the prosthetic socket. When walking, I require good stability in the socket. My flexible prosthetic socket is made from silicone with different degrees of flexibility, and certain areas having a rigid carbon frame inside.

Above knee amputation flexible transfemoral socket.
Comfortable and flexible prosthetic socket for above knee prosthesis

This innovative prosthetic socket design has been developed by Alexander Schwarz and Udo Danske from Schwarz Prosthetics. Also see my article on Prosthetic Socket Fit.

In the video below I am testing a new above knee prosthetic socket. My prosthetist, Alexander Schwarz, is doing a video gait analysis here (see more on Alex Schwarz’s German Facebook profile and Alex Schwarz’s English Facebook profile).