Transtibial prosthetic users as a risk group for deep tissue injuries

Graser, Marisa and Buis, Arjan and Day, Sarah (2020) Transtibial prosthetic users as a risk group for deep tissue injuries. In: EPUAP Virtual Meeting, 2020-09-24 - 2020-09-24, Online.

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    Abstract

    The replacement of the lower leg with a transtibial prosthesis poses a high biomechanical challenge for the surrounding body structures: Loads that are usually distributed across the skeletal system are now transferred to the prosthesis via soft tissues. Since those tissue layers are not physiologically adapted to be weight-bearing structures, amputees might develop Deep Tissue Injuries (DTI). To gain a better understanding of the underlying processes and population-specific influences, we aimed to map out and analyse existing research on aetiology and risk factors for DTI in transtibial amputees, and highlight open questions.