Stubby prostheses: An alternative to conventional prosthetic devices

Stanley F. Wainapel, Harold March, Laurence Steve

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Stubby prostheses offer potential advantages over conventional prosthetic devices in terms of safety, stability, and energy efficiency. Although cosmesis is compromised in the process, these short nonarticulated pylon prostheses may be a viable option to consider in bilateral A-K or knee disarticulation amputee patients under the following circumstances: (1) as a training tool to determine whether progression to full-length articulated devices is feasible; (2) as permanent prostheses for the patient whose primary need for ambulation is within his own home; (3) for the elderly bilateral amputee in whom ambulation is feasible but safety and energy efficiency are of particular importance; and (4) as a definitive device in the patient who expresses a preference for them. Two patients who have become successful users of stubby prostheses are presented to illustrate these points.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)264-266
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1985


  • Equipment design
  • Prosthesis
  • Prosthesis design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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