A comparatively low-cost functional limb is described which consists of a leather thigh corset with fasteners in the front, double cam knee lock, a plastic kneecap, a foam-plastic shank, a SACH foot, and pelvic suspension. This functional limb is designed for senile, fragile, apprehensive patients who cannot be fitted satisfactorily with a muscle-contour-socketed wooden limb. The new limb is particularly suitable for hemiparetic patients with an above-the-knee amputation of the affected extremity. During the past two years, this limb has been fitted to fifty-two patients. The rehabilitation of these geriatric amputees was expedited and the results were gratifying.
Copyright 1964 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated