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Francis Kwahene is a qualified chartered accountant registered with The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). Francis received a postgraduate diploma in Higher Education Studies at the University of Cape Town and completed an MCOM, Accounting Sciences degree through the University of Pretoria. In addition, Francis has a BCom through the University of Cape Town and a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting as well.
Being passionate about education and teaching, Francis occupied senior-level positions for over ten years as a senior lecturer, head of department and Faculty Dean. Francis is acting Rector of the Mthatha campus of Walter Sisulu University (WSU). Several research papers have been published under Francis' name, which deal with business incubation during COVID-19 and the challenges business incubators face.
We try to remember that medicine is for the patient. We try never to forget that medicine is for people. It is not for the profits. The profits follow, and if we remember that, they have never failed to appear. The better we have remembered it, the larger they have been.
When can I expect my device to be ready?
The timeframe depends on the materials used and an individual’s assessment/evaluation. Measuring or casting the residual limb to prepare the prosthetic depends on when the limb was lost. A recent amputee wears an elastic sock called a "shrinker” to bring down the swelling for two weeks. Only then can the prosthetist take measurements for the socket. After being measured, a diagnostic socket is worn for over a week. Should everything go well, we can prepare the prosthesis. We always remain in contact to inform you about the prosthesis status. Sometimes, several diagnostic fittings are done to ensure the prosthetic fits accurately. Orthotic devices can be purchased in mass because most of them are prefabricated, whereas others are designed according to requested specifications.
What shoes complement my orthosis (brace)?
Sneakers, takkies or any other type of flat walking shoe with velcro closures can be worn with a brace. Your shoe needs to have enough space to fit the brace inside. So choosing a shoe about half a size larger would be more comfortable.
Is it possible to drive with a brace?
You can speak to your family doctor or prosthetist/orthotist about driving with a brace. A prosthetist/orthotist can help you adjust your brace so that you can drive comfortably.
Do I need physical therapy and Or an Occupational Therapist?
The need for these differs in each case. For example, some patients require physical therapy after receiving an orthotic or prosthetic for gait training. While others need and Occupational therapist to improve activities of daily living when using a device.
Should a prosthetic hurt?
While it is normal to feel a bit of pressure radiating from the prosthetic socket near the limb, the prosthetic itself should not cause pain. However, if it does hurt, a prosthetist needs to evaluate the mechanics of the device to fit the prosthetic better.