Today's prosthetic systems are constructed with fixed components that often results in users becoming provided with variants of systems, where the different systems are specially adapted for specific activities and purposes. Which then leads to that different sports and Activities require different components, this often leads to that orthopedic engineers produces several prosthetic systems for patients who all require their own separate sockets. The socket is the component which is directly adapted for the specific the individual, which is based on a mold the orthopedic engineers take of the patient's residual limb to achieve a good fit.

The systems are designed with locked components, which means that patients will be bound to change the entire leg to change between different systems for specific activities. The socket is designed to create a pressure around the residual limb as soft parts are compressed, and this means that each change provides an increased risk of swelling.

If a patients residual limb start to swell it increases the surrounding pressure that occurs between the residual limb and the socket which can result in pain and discomfort and that the socket can not be connected to the residual limb.

It is not uncommon for a patient to be provided with between two to six different prostheses adapted for different purposes resulting in a large amount of sockets prepared for each patient. Which in health care systems results in an increased patient time because orthopedic engineers repeat the manufacture of sockets for every system. Prostheses are designed to replace lost extremities which results in longer patients have longer prostheses that can not always be accommodated in luggage. Which may be because the sockets have a large load capacity which has a negative impact on baggage space when traveling abroad, when traveling patients are often in need for several prostheses for various activities to be packed in the luggage. Patients often also prefer to disconnect prostheses for longer periods at lack of legroom to achieve a better sitting position.

There are major shortcomings in how the user can customize their systems for those situations they face. When users are expected to switch between the entire prosthetic system, they can experience situations where system design is perceived to be obstructive whenever they want be spontaneous

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Last updated: May 29, 2018

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