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Likhona Tshali is a certified Orthotist and Prosthetist with a genuine interest in helping amputees regain mobility and confidence. Tshali has a Bachelor of health sciences degree in Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics and adopts a positive, patient-centred approach when manufacturing and fitting prosthetic and orthotic devices. Being punctual, empathetic,and a team player, Tshali ensures patients are always comfortable when attended to.
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.