Journal article

The functional, spatio-temporal and satisfaction outcomes of transtibial amputees with a hydrocast socket following an extended usage period in an under-resourced environment

Sheridan Laing, Peter VS Lee, Jim Lavranos, Noel Lythgo



BACKGROUND: Transtibial hydrocast sockets have been shown to be a potential alternative to hand-cast patella-tendon bearing sockets, the use of which would have particular benefits in under-resourced environments. However, data concerning wearer outcomes of hard hydrocast sockets (i.e. those without silicone liners), especially over long-term usage periods, is scarce in the literature. RESEARCH QUESTIONS: Are there any changes in wearer functional, spatio-temporal or satisfaction outcomes over a long usage period with a hydrocast socket? And how do the post-usage period outcomes compare with those from the wearers original prostheses? METHODS: In this pre-post interventional study, the clini..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded by the CASS Foundation (Australia), the Rotary Club of Richmond (Australia), the Promobilia Foundation (Sweden) and the Australian Government Research Training Program. The funders had no role in the study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish or preparation of the manuscript. The authors wish to thank Mr. Dao Hong Duc and Mr. Pham Hung Cuong from the Vietnamese Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists for their contributions to the study. The authors also wish to thank Mr John Corcoran from JCMeasurements P/L (Australia) for kindly supplying a GAITRite instrumented walkway for the study and Mr Tom Dunn for assistance with data collection and extraction.