What is "K-Level" ?

K-Levels as defined by Medicare is based on an individual's ability or potential to ambulate and navigate their environment. Once it is determined in which K-Level an individual resides, it can be determined which prosthetic components are covered by Medicare & Partners.

What is your Functional K-Level?

A patient's general health, height, weight and the length & shape of the residual limb are all factors a prosthetist will consider when creating a prosthetic care plan. These factors and the patient's predicted mobility level will help determine which prosthesis will assist a patient's function at his/her desired activity level. Medicare created a system to rate a patient's functional mobility level as it relates to component selection (socket design, foot type, etc.). Use this guide to help you unserstand the process your provider uses to determine the best fit for your activity level.

K-Level 0

K-Level 1 | Low Impact

K-Level 2 | Moderate Impact

A person said to have a functional K-Level of 0, if there is no potential to walk or transfer safely with or without assistance, and a prosthesis will not enhance the quality of mobility.

You may qualify for a prosthesis designed to allow limited and steady walking with minimal impact on the foot. Staying mobile in your home and accomplishing daily licing tasks, light and simple household chores are achievable with a K-Level 1 lower limb prosthetic.

You may qualify for a prosthesis designed to allow limited and steady walking with minimal impact on the foot. Staying mobile in your home and accomplishing daily licing tasks, light and simple household chores are achievable with a K-Level 1 lower limb prosthetic.

K-Level 3 | High Impact

If you answered yes to most or all of the questions so far, you may qualify for a K-Level 3 prosthesis, designed to allow varied-cadence walking, golfing and other activities that involve extra force on the foot.

K-Level 4 | Sport/Extreme

A K-Level 4 prosthesis is designed to absorb extreme repeeated impact with the most variance in cadence. Athletes involved in high-impact sports and children involved in normal childhood activites are good prospects for a K-Level 4 prosthesis.

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