Before you are fitted with your final artificial limb, your prosthetist first manufactures an interim prosthesis. This consists of all the components found in the final product, such as a prosthetic foot, knee joint (where applicable), adapters and an interim socket. The interim (or check) socket is made of a thermoplastic material, which is flexible and allows the prosthetist to react to volume fluctuations in your residual limb and any other possible changes. You'll be able to wear this interim prosthesis for standing and walking exercises at an early stage – in some cases only a few days after your amputation. It has a positive influence on the healing and shaping of your residual limb, and lets your prosthetist see your individual wishes and needs. This is important information when considering whether the prosthetic components selected are suitable for you.
You may need to visit our Clinic several times to ensure that the socket and alignment are correct. Please be patient at this stage of the process – your prosthetist will evaluate your progress, discuss with your therapist if any additional exercises are needed and check whether your residual limb has reached a stable volume.