It is that time of year when we remember and honor the service men and women who bravely and valiantly serve our great nation. We remember the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense not only of our country, but of other nations as well. We also need to remember the families of our soldiers. Though they do not physically join the battle, the emotional cost is just as high.
Limb loss is an extremely common occurrence on the battlefield. From bullet wounds to the disastrous effects of IEDs, the lower extremity is an easy target. Limb salvage techniques have improved over the years, but sometimes amputation is the best course of action. Thankfully, technology is on our side.
Technology has advanced in leaps and bounds regarding prosthetic devices for the lower extremity following traumatic injury and limb loss. Gone are the days of the wooden peg. Todays prosthetics can offer so much more. There are designs that take into consideration the biomechanical principles of the leg and foot to help mimic a more normal gait. Some would argue these new prosthetics give that individual an advantage, especially in sports. WHO CARES?! A little advantage is a small gift for the sacrifice given.
As you celebrate Memorial Day, take a moment to think of the freedoms you have. If you know a veteran please take time to thank him/her in some way.
If you are in need of a foot/ankle specialist, please dont hesitate to contact Dr. Bowman at 713-467-8886 or visit www.houstonfootspecialists.com.
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Tags: Injuries, Limb replacement, Memorial Day, Trauma