Measuring and Sizing for Prosthetic Garments

Measuring and Sizing for Prosthetic Garments

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When to take measurements

It is important that the edema is at its most reduced state. Most often this is found first thing in the morning or at the end of treatment.

When to measure for a custom garment

Measure for a custom garment after determining that a leg will be too large or too small for a regular size. You will have to take the standard measurements listed to the right and compare to a size chart to determine this.

circumferences for measuring prosthetic garments

Circumference points for an AK shrinker

Circumference point ‘cE’ is taken at the distal end of the stump. Measure circumferences beginning 5cm from the distal end of the stump.

Circumference point ‘cF’ is taken at the middle of the thigh.

Circumference point ‘cG’ is taken at the top of the thigh or groin area.

Circumference point ‘cH’ is the largest circumference of the hips and lower abdomen. This measurement is only taken if the patient requests a body part attached to the shrinker.

Circumference point ‘cT’ is a waist measurement measured above the hip bones. This measurement is taken only if the patient desires a hip attachment attached to the shrinker.

Length points for an AK shrinker

Take all length measurements along the inside of the leg. S = Distal end of the stump. Measure all lengths from ‘S’ Measure lengths from ‘S’ to point ‘cE’, ‘S’ to point ‘cF’ and ‘S’ to point ‘cG’.

Circumference points for a BK shrinker

Circumference point ‘cC’ is taken at the distal end of the stump. Measure circumferences beginning 5cm from the distal end of the stump.

Circumference point ‘cE’ is taken at the mid patella.

Circumference point ‘cF’ is taken around the middle of the thigh.

Length points for a BK shrinker

Take all length measurements along the inside of the leg. S = Distal end of the stump. Measure all lengths from ‘S’ Measure lengths from ‘S’ to point ‘cC’, ‘S’ to point ‘cE’ and ‘S’ to point ‘cF’.