Prosthetic Case Study – Trans Tibial Amputee

Mikhaila Rutherford is 26 years old and, and has a new articulating ankle. This allows her to be more ambulatory and ready to enjoy her new career in nursing without the hassles and limitations of her old and worn out prosthetic device.

Four years ago, Mikhaila came to our lead prosthetic practitioner with some challenges:

  1. She would be challenging to fit due to multiple surgeries to resolve her subluxating patella (knee cap).
  2. A short trans tibial residual limb.
  3. Her current foot did not allow for any flexibility when walking on slopes of any kind.

George was able to get approval through the insurance for the best possible device for Mikhaila. Watch the video to see how she demonstrates her new prosthesis with an articulating ankle.

Mikhaila was fit with an Alps AKDT locking liner and Patellar Tendon Bearing Supra Patellar Supra Condylar (PTB SCSP) socket design to help stabilize her knee in the medial lateral plane. For her last fitting, she was provided a foot with an articulating hydraulic ankle which can accommodate going up and down sloped terrain.

Mikhaila can now get back to daily living with a lot more mobility when hiking and being outdoors. We look forward to hearing about her new career as a nurse when she comes back for a check up.

Mikhaila has been a patient of George Villarruel at Collier O and P. If you would like to see more of our patient success stories, visit our patient outcomes page.