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Glossary of Terms

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


Edema is a swelling that occurs in any part of the body’s tissues – in fact, the word “edema” itself is the medical term for swelling. This unpleasant form of inflammation is usually caused by excess amounts of fluid being trapped in any part of the body, most commonly the ankles, legs, or feet (although it can certainly affect other parts of the body, such as the face and hands, as well).

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