When your limb is healed and the shape is ready for a prosthesis, you will walk on a check socket or diagnostic prosthesis. This is typically 2-4 weeks after the shrinker has been worn, depending on how quickly your leg takes shape. This prosthesis is only worn in clinic and it is made of a clear, easily adjustable material. Your prosthetist will make adjustments as you stand, walk and sit in the leg to ensure proper fit and alignment.
A preparatory prosthesis will be made after successful check socket fitting. This is typically worn for 6-8 months. During this time, your limb will change in size and various adjustments will need to be made to your prosthesis as you become more proficient in walking. The socket can be customized with designs or decals.
A definitive prosthesis will be utilized once your limb has matured and size of the leg has stabilized. It will be made of carbon fiber for decreased weight and increased strength. The socket can be customized with designs or colored to match your skin color.