For many amputees, one prosthetic will need to last a lifetime. That’s why proper care of your prosthetic device is so important. We take the time to care thoroughly for our patients, so why not your device too?
Preparation for Your Prosthetic
Proper care of your prosthetic starts before you even have it in place. It’s important to make sure that your residual limb is fully prepared for the prosthesis. Make sure your skin is clean and dry in the area where the prosthetic will be attached. If there are any cuts, scrapes, or sores, it’s important to let your doctor know. They could worsen under the pressure and friction of the device and could even become infected.
Explore Optional Components
In order to help your prosthetic work best for you, it could be helpful to consider additional components that will prepare your residual limb. A prosthetic sock is designed to provide a comforting layer between your limb and your prosthetic socket. With the right thickness and material, your prosthetic will fit snugly and comfortably. You may also consider a prosthetic suspension sleeve. They work similar to a sock but provides extra padding and grip, offering a better fit between your limb and your prosthetic. This can help provide long term support for you and your device.
Continued Check Points
Throughout the life of your device, there are a few considerations that will help you make sure it is helping you at optimal capacity. When you first receive your prosthetic, you will want to ease your body into accepting it as a new part of you. In order to avoid too much pressure on your residual limb, try to limit your use time to about 30 minutes at a time – giving your limb a break. Your rehabilitative therapist will help you and your body adjust to the new device.
Once you are able to wear your prosthesis full time, there are a few more considerations to remember. Only clean your device with hypoallergenic soap and water with a wash cloth or sponge. Never submerge it underwater. Continue to check your device for general wear and tear – making sure there are no cracks or chips out of the device and that any joints are working correctly. Finally, continue to take care of your residual limb. Check for any cuts, scrapes, or sores, and make sure your sock or suspension sleeve is continuing to support you properly.
If you have questions or need adjustments, our friendly staff and doctors are happy to help!