Frequently asked questions
Able ll Orthotics & Prosthetics is committed to providing excellent orthotic and prosthetic care to the people of eastern Nebraska, so we make sure the clinicians, customers and partners we work with are fully trained and up to date on all our products and treatments. Through continuing education, we ensure our partners maintain the highest level of expertise in technological advances to provide our patients with the best possible care and treatment outcome.
Q. How much does the device cost?
A. Once you are evaluated and the full scope of the device is determined by the clinician, we will have a clearer picture of the price. We will work with you to assure your insurance is properly billed and you have a good understanding as to what, if any, will be your cost.
Q. Will my insurance cover this device?
A. The answer to this question depends upon your insurance plan, the device needed and your diagnosis. Depending upon your insurance, you may have a deductible, copay or a percentage of the total cost that you will be responsible for paying. The receptionists at our clinical offices should be able to inform you of the probability of coverage. Insurance coverage is NOT a guarantee of full payment.
Q. How long will it take for me to receive my device?
A. Custom devices and special orders take approximately 1 week following insurance approval. Off the shelf, prefabricated devices may be delivered the same day if we have them in stock.
Q. How long will this device last? How long will my liners last?
A. prosthesis can last for several years. The length of time depends on the amount of time the patient wears the prosthesis and what type of activities it is used for. Prostheses are designed to be very strong and durable. However, it is a good idea to have your prosthesis checked out every 12 months to make sure it is in good working order. Liners will usually start to wear out in about 6 months. But they can last up to 12 months or longer. Just like the prosthesis, the longevity of the liner depends on amount of usage.
Q. How long will my foot orthotics last?
A. There are many variables that come into play with regard to a device’s useful life. Factors such as patient weight, activity level and the style of foot orthotic must be considered. Generally, the more rigid the device the longer it will last. A rigid plastic device may last 2-3 years although the top-cover material may not. A soft device, such as one made for a diabetic patient, may last less than one year.
Q. How long should I wear my brace each day?
A. Typically a brace should be worn during waking hours unless otherwise specified by your physician.
Q. What do I do if my orthosis or prosthesis breaks?
A.Stop wearing your device and contact your orthotist or prosthetist immediately.
Q. Can I fix or adjust the orthosis or prosthesis myself?
A. No. This can lead to personal injury or damage to the device.
Q. Can an orthosis be adjusted for growth?
A. Yes. In most cases an orthosis can be adjusted in response to growth. Contact your orthotist for an appointment so he or she can evaluate the situation.
Q. How often should I see my orthotist or prosthetist?
A. Under normal circumstances you should see your orthotist or prosthetist every 3 to 6 months.
Q. Can I get my orthosis wet?
A. Yes. However, it should be cleaned and dried thoroughly before you reapply it. If it comes in contact with salt water be sure to rinse it thoroughly with fresh water. Be aware that the padding inside of some braces may mildew if not properly dried.
Q. Can I get my prosthesis wet?
A. Most prosthesis are NOT compatible with water unless they have been specifically designed for water activity.
Q. Do I need a prescription for an adjustment?
A. Not usually. However, if the adjustment involves changing the basic type or function of the orthosis or prosthesis you may need to see your physician for a prescription.
Q. How often should a brace be replaced?
A. This depends on the age and activity level of the patient. Higher activity levels can lead to a shorter “life” for the brace, as more activity generally means more wear. Additionally, younger patients need braces more often because they generally grow quickly.
Q. What kind of shoes should I wear with my orthosis or prosthesis?
A. We recommend athletic type shoes. Although, most shoes can be worn as long as they comfortably fit both the brace and your foot. However, you must not change the heel height of the shoe as it will change the function of the brace.
Q. Can I play sports in my orthosis or prosthesis?
A. Yes, unless otherwise directed by your physician, orthotist or prosthetist.
Q. Is it normal that my skin is red after I remove my orthosis or prosthesis?
A. Minimal redness is expected with both orthosis and prosthesis. However, if you experience redness or irritation that lasts longer than 30 minutes after removing the brace contact your orthotist or prosthetist.
Q. When should I have a new socket fabricated for my prosthesis?
A. When you are using 15 to 17 ply of socks or more, you should be evaluated by your prosthetist. Also, if the shape or size of your residual limb changes you should see your prosthetist about a new socket.
Q. Can the alignment of my prosthesis be changed as my activity level changes?
A. Yes, it is expected that the alignment of your prosthesis will change over time. This normally occurs in a new amputee as he or she adjusts to the prosthesis and becomes more active.
Q. Can the components of my prosthesis be changed (i.e. knee, ankle, foot)?
A. These components can be changed depending on the type of prosthesis. However, a prescription is usually needed to do so.
Q. How do I obtain new liners and/or socks?
A. A prescription and an evaluation are usually needed.
Q. What should I do if the fit or function of my othosis or prosthesis changes?
A. You should contact your orthotist or prosthetist at once.