Prosthetics can be incredibly helpful for many individuals, but to ensure that you get the most benefit from them, it is important that you maintain them. For those who have never had a need for a prosthetic and find themselves in the need for one, it is completely understandable if you don't know where to begin. Luckily, you can get started with just a few tips. Keep reading to learn more.
Since you are new to prosthetics, you need to get accustomed to wearing it. You don't want to overdo it, so only wear it for an hour to two every day after receiving it. Your prosthetist will ultimately help you in devising a schedule that will gradually increase the amount of time that you spend wearing it. If you are using a prosthetic leg, you will want to use a cane or crutch to support your weight as you get used to the prosthetic. Remember, it will take some time to get accustomed to it.
Clean the Prosthetic Daily
Because the socket is the part where the artificial limb attaches to the body, it is important that it is washed each day with mild soap and warm water. It can also be wiped down with some rubbing alcohol to remove bacteria. A mild soap and warm water can be used on a daily basis to wash socks and the liner. However, avoid wearing the same socks more than one day to avoid fungal growth and infection.
Maintain Your Personal Hygiene
When the prosthetic is attached to the socket, you can expect it to produce some sweat, and as a result, your skin is likely to start smelling or get infected. This can be prevented by using baking soda to line the socket. Mild soap and water can be used to wash it each night, but it is important that you do not soak it. Each night, you should also check for any scrapes or blisters. If you do notice any, however, you will want to avoid wearing the prosthetic or at least wear it less frequently until your skin has had a chance to properly heal.
Know What Is Normal
Your artificial limb should not make any clicking or squeaking sounds. As you end up getting more comfortable with the prosthetic, you will find that it is much easier and quicker to notice any issues that will require an appointment with your doctor. Speak to them about any reoccurring or ongoing skin issues that you may be having as well.
Contact an orthopedist to learn more about prosthetics.Share