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.
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.
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.
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.
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.