Fabric corset

Orthosis used to support back.

Fabrication

Process of creating an end product.

Fatigue (muscles)

When a muscle tires.

Femoral condyle

The bulbous part of the femur that attaches to the knee joint.

Femoral channel

The channel that runs just behind the femur in a prosthetic socket.

F.E.S.

Functional Electrical Stimulation.

Fibula

The small bone that runs along the side of the lower leg.

Fibular head

The prominent bone on the side of the leg just below the knee.

Fitter-Orthotics

Person who is trained and qualified to participate in the fitting and delivery of pre-fabricated orthotic devices and/or soft goods.

Fitter-Mastectomy

Person who is trained and qualified to participate in the fitting and delivery of breast prostheses and mastectomy products and services.

Flatfoot

Type of foot deformity. The arch of the foot is flat.

Flexion

Bending of a joint.

Floor reaction orthosis

Orthosis utilizing floor reaction forces for patient stabilization.

Folliculitis

Inflammation of the hair follicles which may lead to deeper abscesses; often caused by bacteria.

follow-up

Term used to have patient return to O&P facility to ensure all is well.

foot flat

Part of the stance phase of gait: It is when the sole of the foot is in complete contact with the ground.

Foot slap

Undesired result of the foot during stance phase: When the forward part of foot it’s the floor abruptly after the heel of foot contacts the floor.

Framed socket

The rigid material encompassing the flexible plastic of a prosthesis (Made up of Carbon, Resin, Plastic).

Friction

Type of movement that is undesired when wearing a brace or prosthesis. Up and Down or side to side motion.

Functional level

Degree of function a disabled patient still achieves.

Functional level 0

Amputee not foreseen for prosthetic management.

Functional level 1

USA and Germany: Amputee - indoor ambulator.

Functional level 1 prosthesis

Prosthesis satisfying minimal basic needs of ambulation and ambulatory safety only.

Functional level 2

USA and Germany: Amputee - indoor and limited outdoor ambulator.

Functional level 3

USA and Germany: Amputee - unlimited outdoor ambulator - averagely active.

Functional level 3 TF-prosthesis

Prosthesis satisfying most needs of mobility of the healthy, averagely active amputee.

Functional level 3-4 TT-prosthesis

Prosthesis satisfying most needs of mobility of the healthy, higher active amputee.

Functional level 4

USA and Germany: Amputee - unlimited outdoor ambulator - highly active.

Functional needs

Minimal fundamental requirements to achieve functional performance.

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