A survey of function in children with lower limb deficiencies

W. M. Vannah, Jon Davids, D. M. Drvaric, Y. Setoguchi, B. J. Oxley

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Function and prosthesis technical problems were surveyed in 258 experienced paediatric lower-limb prosthesis wearers. The two-part survey form consisted of the modified Prosthesis Evaluation Scale and the core module of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons/Council of Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies (AAOS/COMSS) Lower Limb Outcomes instrument. Eighty-eight percent (88%) of these paediatric subjects were able to wear their prosthesis more than 9 hours/day; only 3 subjects (1%) were not able to wear their limb at all. The average distance walked per day was reported to be 5.24 kilometres. Sixteen percent (16%) reported pain as 'moderate' or worse. A majority reported not having a problem with perspiration, however, 20% had problems serious enough to limit prosthesis wearing time significantly. The most common reasons for temporary loss of limb use were pain (62 responses) and prosthesis failure (59 responses), followed by tissue breakdown (42 responses) and perspiration (30 responses). In general, the paediatric population achieves full use at a high rate, is much more active than the adult population, and experiences less limb pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-244
Number of pages6
JournalProsthetics and Orthotics International
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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