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We're thrilled to announce that Orthotic Prosthetic Center (OPC), a long-time leader in prosthetic care throughout Northern Virginia, has merged with MCOP. However, even though their name will be changing, OPC will still operate in the exact same manner it always has, providing the highest level of quality care to clients throughout Virginia.Learn More

Glossary of Terms

Learn about the mostly commonly used terms in prosthetics and orthotics industry.

Below-Knee Amputation

A below-knee amputation is the removal of the leg below the knee—including the foot, ankle joint, distal tibia and fibula with related soft tissue structures. Most below-knee amputations are due to peripheral vascular disease, which affects blood circulation in the lower limb. However, below-knee amputations are sometimes the result of a traumatic lower leg injury that requires removal of the limb. 

Our approach to care for below-knee amputees is to focus on symmetry and getting clients to trust their prostheses. We know this may sound strange, but over time it helps our clients to stop treating the prosthesis as a device and begin considering it as an extension of themselves, as a new leg.

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