Abduction

The act of moving the hip (and residual limb) away from the midline of the body.

Ace Wrap

Elastic bandage used for support or compression.

Acrylic Resin

Thermoplastic resin used in fabrication of an acrylic orthosis/prosthesis.

Adapter

Device used to connect a prosthetic socket to a pylon/foot.

Adjust

Process of correcting a problem that may not fit right. May also refer to individual getting used to the orthosis/prosthesis.

A.D.L.'s

Activities of Daily living.

Air splint

Orthosis that contains an air chamber to customize fit.

A.K. prosthesis

Prosthesis after transfemoral amputation.

A.K. socket

Above-knee (transfemoral) socket.

Alignment

Attaching and assembling O&P components in order for them to align the body in a correct position.

Aluminum

A light-weight metal used in both orthotics/prosthetic componentry

Ambulate

Walking from place to place.

Ambulation

The act of walking.

Ambulator

A person that is walking.

Amputation

The loss of a body extremity by surgery or trauma.

Amputation level

The location at which the limb is missing.

Amputee

An individual that is missing a limb

Amputee care

The safety and hygiene plan of care for a person that is mission a limb.

Ankle block

Connector between prosthetic foot and shin.

Ankle-foot orthosis (AFO)

Orthosis with functional impact on ankle and foot.

Anterior

On the front side of the subject.

Anterolateral

A position on the front and out-side of the specific subject.

Anteromedial

A position on the front and inside of the specific Subject.

A.P.

Anteroposterior, from front to back.

Arch support

Orthosis used in a shoe to act as a support for the arch of the foot.

Articulation

Joint moving in multiple positions.

Atrophy

Muscle shinking due to amputation or lack of use.

Axilla

Level of body at the arm pit.

A.D.L.'s

Activities of Daily living.
 


ACA

Amputee Coalition of America - Resources for amputees


Ankle-Foot Stimulator (AFS)

An Ankle-Foot Stimulator, is a Functional Electrical Stimulation device that uses mild electrical current to lift the foot and toes to prevent them from catching on the ground.


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