Claimed walking distance of lower limb amputees

JHB Geertzen*, JC Bosmans, CP Van der Schans, PU Dijkstra

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Purpose: Walking ability in general and specifically for lower limb amputees is of major importance for social mobility and ADL independence. Walking determines prosthesis prescription. The aim of this study was to mathematically analyse factors influencing claimed walking distance of lower limb amputees of 500 m or more.

Method: A total of 437 patients returned two questionnaires: the Groningen Questionnaire Problems after Leg Amputation, in which walking distance was assessed, and the RAND 36.

Results: The chance of walking 500 m or more reduced when a transfemoral amputation was performed. The chance reduced even more when phantom pain or stump pains were present. If the amputation was performed because of vascular disease or because of vascular problems because of diabetes the chance reduced again. Independently of these factors, age reduced the chance of walking 500 m or more.

Conclusion: The chance of walking 500 m or more reduces with increase in age and a more proximal amputation. The chance reduces even further when the amputation is performed because of diabetes or a vascular disease and also if phantom pain and or stump pain is present.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-104
Number of pages4
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 4-Feb-2005


  • lower limb amputee
  • walking
  • phanton pain
  • PAIN

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