One prosthetic will need to last a lifetime for many amputees. That is why proper prosthetic device care is critical. We take the time to thoroughly care for our patients, so why shouldn’t your device?
1. Clean it daily – As with your residual limb, it is critical to wash your prosthesis daily to prevent the accumulation of sweat, dirt, and bacteria. Clean the inside of the prosthesis with a damp cloth and mild soap. Wash the part of the socket that touches your skin, the soft liner if you have one, and any rubber padding. DO NOT immerse the prosthesis completely in water. Wipe away the soap with a clean cloth and thoroughly dry the prosthesis. It’s best to wash it in the evening so it can dry overnight before wearing it again.
2. Don’t make adjustments to your socket – It may be tempting to try to adjust your socket yourself if it feels “off.” You may, however, cause more harm than you realize. Tightening the wrong screw could damage your socket, putting it out of commission. If you believe your prosthesis requires adjustment, please contact us right away.
3. Don’t swim with your prosthesis – While the liner can easily absorb sweat, most prostheses were not designed to be fully submerged in water. This is especially true if myoelectric technology is used. Saket ortho can create a swimming prosthesis for you, so give us a call if you’re interested.
4. Give it a quick once over each day – Look for cracks or signs of breakage in your liner and socket. If you suspect a problem, don’t be afraid to schedule an appointment. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to prostheses.
5. See your prosthetist for special modifications – Prosthetic technology is constantly evolving, and this includes new advancements that can make your winter life safer and more comfortable. Microprocessor knees that lock out at different angles and heat-regulating prostheses can all help you stay mobile regardless of the weather.
With the right equipment and practice, amputees of all levels can return to an active lifestyle. If it’s time for you to see a prosthetist for a tune-up, make an appointment with us today!