Patients that have been recently fitted for a new prosthetic device may have many questions regarding prosthetic care. This intricate tool was designed to improve your mobility and independence, however, does require basic prosthetic care to keep it in good working order. To ensure you gain the most significant benefit from your new prosthesis, it is crucial that you take care of the device and the amputation site. As you wear your prostheses, Prosthetic Orthotic Solutions International (POSI) recommends these tips for caring for your prosthetic device.
Basic Prosthetic Care Tips
- Examine your prosthesis daily for loose parts or damage.
- Clean daily with antibacterial soap and warm water.
- Rubbing alcohol can be used in place of antibacterial soap but should be followed by a wet towel to prevent dry skin.
- Ensure your limb and socket are thoroughly dry before each use.
Prosthetic Care and Your Residual Limb
Prosthetic care and care of your residual limb go hand in hand. Performing proper prosthetic care is necessary in order to keep your residual limb healthy.
- It is essential to clean your residual limb daily with mild antibacterial soap, rinse meticulously with water, and pat dry with a towel.
- Do not soak, shave, or apply creams to your limb without speaking to your prosthetist.
- After cleaning, allow your limb to dry completely before using your prosthesis again.
- Your residual limb will be subject to excess perspiration as it is enclosed in a plastic socket. This increased perspiration can cause odor, bacteria growth, and skin problems. However, over time as you wear your new prostheses, the perspiration will naturally subside. In the meantime, extra prosthetic sock may be necessary.
- Daily examine your residual limb for red or tender areas (pressure points), and any other types of blisters or abrasions. If you notice any signs of skin damage contact POSI today.
Most importantly, remember that your prosthetic device is a mechanical tool. From time to time general maintenance or repair may be required. Scheduling regular checkups with your prosthetist as part of your prosthetic care can help prevent potential issues from becoming larger ones.
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Ossur: Touch Bionics, I-Limb
Otto Bock: Bebionic, Michelangelo
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