Why is a longer stump better for an individual with a lower extremity amputation?
A longer stump is better for an individual with a lower extremity amputation as it allows for improved prosthetic fitting, a more improved gait, better hip control, and easier ambulation. (For additional information see online reading assignment “Lower Extremity Amputations”)
(Panton, H. “Lower Extremity Amputations.” In P. Deutsch and H. Sawyer (Ed.) A Guide to Rehabilitation. White Plains, NY: AHAB Press).