Information down to the smallest detail.
PROSTHETIC CARE MANUAL
The care of your skin, prosthetic socket, liner and socks is a vital part of your daily routine. Maintaining good hygiene will help avoid any issues, like skin irritations.
Check your skin at the end of every day – use a mirror if needed – any redness should dissipate. If you have any concerns please contact your prosthetist, therapist or doctor. We can help make your prosthetic more comfortable – sometimes the smallest adjustments make all the difference.
Daily Care and Cleaning
Your daily skin care must include cleaning with a gentle, scent–free soap. Be sure to rinse well, and pat dry.
The inner surface of the prosthetic socket must be wiped clean with a warm, soapy cloth every day. Rinse well and make sure all the soap residue is removed – a warm, wet cloth works best, dry with a towel. The skin, socket, liner and socks must be completely dry.
If you are using a myoelectric prosthesis and need more information on care or cleaning, please call and make an appointment with your prosthetist – a very specific cleaning regiment is required as the electronics cannot get wet.
Socks come in various lengths, widths and thicknesses. Socks can be washed with warm water by hand or machine. To dry, lay socks flat or can use dryer too.
If you’re required to wear socks with your prosthesis, we will give you the appropriate ones at your fitting. Over time, socks will wear out and need to be replaced. You may be eligible for coverage for new socks, through MDL. Make an appointment to see your prosthetist is you need or want more socks.
A liner is made out of a variety of materials including silicone, thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) or polyurethane (PUR). Your prosthetist will explain which type of liner will work best for you, and can answer any questions you might have.
A liner is worn directly on the skin and absorbs any sweat, bacteria and moisture. This is normal, and it is very important to wash the liner every day.
Daily Cleaning Routine
- turn the liner inside out so the fabric is on the inside, and place your hand inside
- run water over the liner – avoid getting the fabric wet as much as possible
- rub a gentle, unscented soap over the entire gel surface of the liner
- rinse well, and make sure you get off all soap by holding the liner under warm running water
- turn the liner right side (fabric side) OUT for drying
- always store liners with the fabric on the outside to prevent cracking or collecting dust/airborne particles