Wearing the prosthesis is around the clock, ..

When bathing, carefully examine the surface of your residual limb for red or tender areas (pressure points), and any type of abrasion or blister. While this practice is important for everyone, it is essential if you have diabetes or vascular disease. Also examine your sound foot for any signs of injury or redness. Contact your prosthetist at the earliest sign of skin damage.

Once your wound has healed, you may be ready for a prosthesis (artificial leg)

Your prosthetist may recommend that you wear a prosthetic sock or cushioning gel liner as a protective layer over the residual limb. Prosthetic socks are measured by their thickness or “ply”, starting at 1-ply and going up to about 6-ply. As the volume of your residual limb decreases over the course of each day, additional layers or plies of socks can be added to keep the socket fitting snugly. For example, if you are currently wearing a 3-ply sock with a 1-ply sock over it (4-ply total) and the socket is loose, you many either add an additional 1-ply sock or remove all socks and replace them with one, 5-ply sock. For some people, multiple plies of socks may limit their ability to feel the limb inside the socket. If you have concerns, call your prosthetist to discuss the situation, and schedule an appointment for an evaluation. Caring for your limb and prosthesis will become easier as you practice and become consistent with these guidelines.


activities while wearing your prosthesis

If this happens, stop wearing the prosthesis until you see the prosthetist.

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- Closely follow the wearing schedule set forth by your prosthetist

It is not unusual for the size of your residual limb to fluctuate, especially in the early stages. A shrinker sock is useful to reduce swelling and should be worn when you are not wearing your prosthesis. If the size of your limb reduces, it is often necessary to adjust the fit of the prosthesis. The most common technique involves adding or subtracting the number of prosthetic socks. If your prosthesis doesn’t utilize socks, set up an appointment for an adjustment.

OCuSOFT® Prosthetic Wearers Guide - Soper Brothers

The residual limb can be particularly subject to perspiration as it is enclosed in a plastic socket. This can be a source of odor and bacteria, as well as the culprit behind skin problems. Try sprinkling your residual limb with baking soda, or if needed, apply an over-the-counter antiperspirant such as CertainDri. The more consistently you wear the prosthesis, the more the residual limb will adjust to being inside the socket, with perspiration naturally subsiding. However if you continue to have a problem, consult with your physician or prosthetist. Keep a good supply of prosthetic socks on hand; you may want to change socks more than once a day due to perspiration. Caring for your prosthesis is a daily priority.

Wearing prosthesis and socks during Ihram due to necessity

It is essential to clean the residual limb everyday after wearing the prosthesis. Use a mild antibacterial soap, rinse thoroughly with clean water, and gently dry with a towel. Don’t soak your limb, shave your limb or apply creams to your limb. Allow your residual limb to air dry completely before wearing your prosthesis. Caring for your limb and prosthesis by following these guidelines will reduce injury and increase the longevity of your device(s).

Regal Prosthesis - Prosthetics & Orthotics

To obtain the greatest advantage of the prosthesis, it is important to take care not only your general health, residual limb conditions but also the new limb/prosthesis.