Prosthesis care is key - whether you’re traveling to places with colder temperatures this season or staying put, proper care can help you feel more comfortable and keep your prosthesis in better shape. That’s why we’ve come up with our top 5 favorite tips on caring for your prosthetic.
1. Clean it daily.
You wash your hands every day. Likewise, the parts of your liner that come into contact with your skin need to be cleaned daily. Use warm, soapy water to wash away any skin oils, sweat or dead skin that build up over time. Not only will this extend the life of your liner, but it will also keep the skin on your residual limb from breaking down. Remember not to use any alcohol-based cleaners, as these can damage your liner extensively.
2. Don’t make adjustments to your socket.
If your socket feels “off” it may be tempting to try and adjust it yourself. However, you may do more harm than you realize. Tightening the wrong screw could damage your socket, putting you in danger of a malfunction. Be sure to call us right away if you think your prosthesis needs an adjustment.
3. Don’t swim with your prosthesis.
While the liner can absorb sweat just fine, most prostheses were not meant to be fully submerged in water. This is especially true if you are using myoelectric technology. Quantum Prosthetics & Orthotics can craft a prosthesis for you specifically for swimming, so give us a call if you’re interested in having one.
4. Give it a quick once over each day.
Examine your liner and socket for any cracks or signs of breakage. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment if you see potential problems. When it comes to prostheses, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
5. See your prosthetist for special modifications.
Prosthetic technology is ever-evolving, and that includes new advances that can make your life safer and more comfortable during the winter. Things such as microprocessor knees that lock out at different angles and heat-regulating prostheses can all help ensure you stay mobile no matter what the weather is like.
With the right equipment and practice, it’s possible for amputees of all levels to 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!