• Jesse Heaton

    Jesse Heaton

    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

    Jesse's Bio:
    I graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and am now in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program here at CSS. I played on the baseball team at CSS for four years. I was also a statistics tutor and currently work as personal care assistant in Duluth. I love the outdoors, hunting fishing, hiking, etc. While being at St. Scholastica I have noticed the “family” atmosphere and I am truly enjoying every second of it.

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    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

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    Communications

DPT: Amputees and Prosthetics

We recently finished up our Amputation and Prosthetic Unit in the Musculoskeletal and Evaluation Management class. This is a spring 2nd year course within the College of St. Scholastica’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. We were fortunate enough to have a few Certified Prosthetists and Pedorthists from Northern Orthotic and Prosthetic Center in Duluth, MN come to our class to help us out with this unit. They also brought along a few of their clients to give us the opportunity to hear their stories of how they became amputees. These clients also demo’d their prosthetics, allowed us to be hands on with their residual limbs, and provided us with a fantastic learning opportunity.

Below is one of the clients who gave me permission to take some pictures and videos. He is a below knee amputee (BKA) who has a supracondylar (above the femoral condyles), suprapatellar (above the patella) socket. This individual is extremely active. He walks over 10 miles a day and loves to hike. He therefore chose a prosthetic that allows him to ambulate efficiently over elevating and declining terrains, which can be difficult for many amputees unless they have a prosthetic that is specifically designed for such a task. This man chose to have a microprocessor prosthetic that knows when his knee is flexed and swinging forward during gait and will automatically dorsiflex (bring the toes up towards the knee). This action allows for the foot to clear the ground effectively. In other words, this prosthetic allows for this man to walk up an incline and provide enough toe clearance for him to not catch his foot which would lead to tripping and possibly falling.

There is some awesome technology being utilized out there for this particular population to allow them to be more functional and have the quality of life that they desire! Check out the I Am Adaptive website to learn more about how these individuals overcome, innovate, and evolve!

One of our guest speakers demonstrating how his microprocessor prosthetic allows him to walk comfortably, safely, and efficiently uphill and downhill.

Some of the required reading for our amputation/prosthetics unit. Here are some examples of some of the commonly used prosthetics on the market today.

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