The Power Short Auxiliary Suspension Belt® option, with continuous waist configuration, eliminates the bulk of velcro closures for the cosmetic appeal and comfort preferred by some patients. The improved design of the adjustable leg version allows the leg to be more fully opened, eliminating donning limitations with the previous design. The non-stretch velcro leg closure with this option allows a custom purchase of the socket taper. The longer leg section provides greater socket containment.
The wearable stretch/compression range of the Power Short Auxiliary Suspension Belt® is up to 8–10" in the waist and hip, depending on the size and wearer preference. Most individuals prefer a size selection that creates 4–6" of stretch when worn for normal activity. Higher activity levels may benefit from a tighter fit, while some individuals prefer as little as 2" of stretch, especially when other benefits such as rotation control, are the main objective. Some users prefer a looser belt for daily activities, and a more secure belt for more active pursuits. Others prefer the cosmetic and comfort benefits of the Power Short, but like the adjustability of the Power Belt Auxiliary Suspension Belt® during times of varied activity.
Users of the original plain leg Power Short usually invert the silicone leg section and slide the belt up both legs as when donning a pair of shorts. This requires the ability to manage sliding a tight fitting leg section over the prosthesis, as well as the ability to maintain balance and knee stability while pulling the belt section over the knees and hips. The Adjustable Leg option, or Power Belt Auxiliary Suspension Belt® may be indicated in situations where ability to don is an issue, or foam thigh cover poses a challenge for repeat donning.
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