Get your life and mobility back with a new prosthesis. Prosthetics have come a long way from their early roots to the point where prosthetic body parts can now look or work just like the real thing. With the latest prosthetics, you can regain full range of motion, greater stability, and better quality of life. Prosthetic limbs can help you travel further distances, sit more comfortably and improve your mental health issues associated with loss of limb. Prosthetic body parts are easy to remove and attach, and they won't cause skin problems, especially if you have the right equipment. If you are considering how a prosthesis might improve your life, but may be on the fence about it, read on to learn more about prosthetic limbs and available accessories.

Get your life and mobility back with a new prosthesis…

Prosthetics have come a long way from their early roots to the point where prosthetic body parts can now look or work just like the real thing. With the latest prosthetics, you can regain full range of motion, greater stability, and better quality of life. Prosthetic limbs can help you travel further distances, sit more comfortably and improve your mental health issues associated with loss of limb. Prosthetic body parts are easy to remove and attach, and they won't cause skin problems, especially if you have the right equipment. If you are considering how a prosthesis might improve your life, but may be on the fence about it, read on to learn more about prosthetic limbs and available accessories.

For many amputees, one of the biggest concerns in terms of wearing a prosthesis is how comfortable it is to wear. Generally, the desire for increase mobility outweighs these concerns, but it is important to note there can be something done about comfort. Just as many people wear socks on their feet for comfort, prosthetic stump socks can make wearing a prosthesis a lot easier. Stretchy stump socks fit over the area of the removed limb to provide cushioning and pressure relief, as well as control sweating. The Amputee Store offers anti-microbial socks that control odor starting at $15.90 and even socks designed for sensitive skin starting at just $11.25. In addition to socks, you can also purchase sheaths, as well as stockings for women. When friction is an issue, you can buy useful products such as moisturizers, balms and blister kits for under $20.

One of the greatest regular expenses in terms of owning a prosthesis is the sleeve which helps body the prosthetic limb to your body. Like the socks, the sleeve also works to relieve pressure, particularly on your knee. A single sleeve can cost you as much as $300, give or take. For added cushioning, you can buy liners under $50 in some cases or more expensive ones at around $500. Other options for comfort are gel pads placed at the joint. You can get them as low as $15. For above the knee amputees, belts and straps are available to hold your prosthetic limb in place. However, generally you don't have to pay much more than $100 for a belt, and sometimes even less. Clean your liners and sleeves with the Alps Prosthetic Cleanser for just $27.99 at the Amputee Store. This is especially important since liners and sleeves are worn regularly.

If you can manage the costs associated with prosthetic limbs in favor of a better quality of life, it is time to talk to your doctor. A medical professional can help you weigh the benefits and risks of your individual case. Some patients may not be good candidates if they live relatively sedentary lifestyles. Others may not be candidates because of their medical condition, especially if there is a lack of soft tissue cushioning the bone as the bone could become inflamed. Talk to your doctor about your mobility goals and make a decision that's right for you. Should you decide to go with a prosthesis, you'll have a range of options to choose from. Ortheco Prosthetics is one of the biggest names in prosthetics and they are well prepared to hook you up with a new limb when you are ready.

Once you talk to a doctor and decide that a prosthetic limb is right for you, your doctor will help you choose a prosthetic limb that best suits your lifestyle. There are a variety of designs and fits available, many of which you probably don't know about because prosthetics are constantly advancing. The most advanced robotic limbs give you impressive muscle control you would have to see to believe. But the next thing to think about is how you are going to pay for it all.

Luckily, if you have insurance, cost shouldn't be too much of a concern. Most insurance policies will cover at least a portion of your prosthesis but how much is covered depends on your individual policy. Out of pocket, a cosmetic prosthetic body part can cost as much as $5,000. A split-hook arm, on the other hand, can cost you as much as $10,000. Artificial legs can be as high as $50,000. If you are on Medicare, however, you only need to pay up to 20 percent of a Medicare-approved prosthesis unless you have supplemental insurance. Unfortunately, many state Medicaid do not cover prosthetics but there are some that do to some extent. With that said, be sure to research coverage beforehand if needed.