Fitting a child with a prosthesis pose's certain unigue challenges. Where as adults start out swollen and begin shrinking and must be constantly re-evaluated, with adjustments due to volume loss. Children must be fit with ample room to grow. There are several aspects to a childs prosthesis that must addressed to provide a proper fit to begin with, yet allowing adjustments to be made later, to accommodate the growth of the child.
The fit of the residual limb is the first area to be examined. Casting and fitting with a mulitply sock,
such as a 5 ply or a combination of socks will allow personal fitting adjustments to be made. As the child grows, sock ply can be reduced from a 5 ply to a 3ply to a 1 ply lengthing the time before the prosthesis will need to be replaced.