Keeping the foot or ankle strong going into the surgery will aid in a faster recovery afterwards, explains Wade Kenney, MD, Greenville Health System. In this video, learn exercises which can help you heal faster.
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What level of function do prostheses and braces allow people to have?
Whether someone has had limb salvage surgery (primarily performed to remove bone and soft-tissue cancers occurring in limbs in order to avoid amputation) or an amputation, advances in braces and prosthetics are making a fully engaged life more possible.
For people who have had limb salvage surgery, newly designed braces can allow them to function at a high level, even run.
The high number of servicemen and women who have lost limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan has spurred innovation and the use of new technology in prosthetics. That innovation also benefits civilians who have had an amputation, allowing them to be much more functional than they could have been 20 years ago.
What are hand surgeons?
Healthwise answeredHand surgeons are orthopedic surgeons (medical doctors who specialize in bone, muscle and joint surgery) or plastic surgeons who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of hand problems and injuries. Hand surgeons can be board-certified through the Boards of Surgery or Orthopedic Surgery, which are recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
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