How to Care for Prosthetic Limbs

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If you're an amputee, you may have chosen to be fitted for a prosthetic limb. You must care for it properly, or you can develop problems with your residual limb, which may mean months of trying to get along without your prosthetic.

  • Check your prosthetic daily for tears, cracks or other signs of wear. If you find any, have your prosthetic repaired by your prosthetist before the damage gets worse and you can't use it.

  • Lubricate your joint. If the joint seems too loose, have it adjusted or repaired by your prosthetist.

  • Keep the prosthetic clean, paying special attention to the inside of the socket. Use mild soap and water and dry it thoroughly before wearing. Because the socket comes into contact with your residual limb, keeping it clean helps prevent sores or infections.

  • Wear shoes at all times with a prosthetic leg to keep from damaging the foot portion and to ensure that you maintain the proper gait

  • Ask for additional prosthetics that are specifically designed for things such as swimming or running. Don't use your prosthetic for activities for which it wasn't designed.

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