The invention of prosthetics has given hope to people with amputated limbs. One of the most common types of amputations involves the leg, usually because of accidents or disease. Living with an amputated leg can be more comfortable with a prosthetic leg. The prosthetic leg will not only allow the amputee to walk without crutches, but can also bolster amputee's self esteem since the prosthetic legs recreate the missing body part. Here are the steps to assembling your own prosthetic leg.
- Attach the release button. The BK prosthetic leg is one of the most common types of prosthetic body parts, and is useful for patients whose amputation is above the knee. Some other types of prosthetic legs are also available, and some others are custom made for severe types of amputation where the BK prosthetic leg has no room to attach itself onto the amputee's body. To assemble the prosthetic leg, you need to fit the release button pin in the side of the prosthetic knee cap. There is a slot for this, which will accommodate the long pin that will act as the securing mechanism for the pyramidal connector that will be used to connect the shin and the foot. To attach the release button, you need to use strong adhesives such as Loctite. These are available in most hardware shops. Place a few drops at the end of the pin, and attach to the release button hole.
- Attach the pyramidal connector between the shin and the foot. The pyramidal connector is used to attach the shin and the foot. The pyramidal connector has two intersecting lines that can be fitted at the bottom of the shin part of the prosthetic leg, which has grooves specifically created for the shape of the pyramidal connector. The connector will lock into place by itself, but you will need to use Loctite again to ensure that the connection is very stable. This is especially important if the amputee will use the prosthetic leg on a daily basis. Once the pyramidal connector is in place, you can attach the foot, which will easily lock into place.
- Fit in the lining. The prosthetic leg is attached to the remaining length of the amputee's leg using the lining. The lining in the prosthetic leg will fit to the contours of the amputee's legs, and is created using a combination of natural and synthetic fibers that will ensure a perfect and snug fit that will not slide easily out of the amputee's body. The lining attaches to the bottom of the hollow shin through a connector pin which will fit onto the bottom of the shin case.
A prosthetic leg can act and look like a real functional leg with some finishing touches. The release button is usually colored red, but you can use skin-toned patches of plastic to hide this. Using pants will also allow you hide the prosthetic leg. Most prosthetic feet can also be adjusted to fit into the amputee's regular shoes. Once the finishing touches are completed, you can begin wearing the prosthetic leg.