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CARE MANUALS

 

Daily Care

As an amputee, care of your skin, prosthetic socket, liner and socks are a vital part of a daily routine. Maintaining good hygiene will help avoid skin irritations and other serious issues.

The skin, socket, liner and socks should be completely dry. Get into the routine of checking your skin at the end of every day (use a mirror if needed). If you have any concerns, please contact your prosthetist, therapist or doctor.

Read More about Upper Body Prosthetic Care

Skin Hygiene

Daily, the skin should be cleaned with a soap that does not irritate the skin and does not contain perfumes. The limb should be rinsed well and patted dry before donning the prosthesis.

The Socket

Daily, the inner surface of the prosthetic socket should be wiped clean with a warm, soapy cloth. All soap residue needs to be removed by wiping the socket with a clean, wet cloth and then dried with a towel.

If you are using a myoelectric prosthesis, ask your prosthetist on the best cleaning method.

You cannot get any of the electronics wet.

The Sock

Socks come in various lengths, widths and thicknesses. Socks can be washed with warm water; by hand or in a washing machine. Lie socks flat to dry or put them in the dryer.

If you’re required to wear socks with your prosthesis, your prosthetist will give you the appropriate ones. Over time, socks will wear out and need to be replaced. As you become eligible for new socks, through AADL, you may get new socks from your prosthetist.

The Liner

A liner can be 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 with your prosthetic design.

A liner will be worn directly on the skin. Due to the intimate fit of the liner on the residual limb, the liner will absorb sweat, bacteria and moisture. 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, skin friendly, unscented soap over the entire gel surface of the liner to remove all residue.
  • Rinse 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.
Read More about Lower Body Prosthetic Care

Skin Hygiene

Daily, the skin should be cleaned with a soap that does not irritate the skin and does not contain perfumes. The limb should be rinsed well and patted dry before donning the prosthesis.

The Socket

Daily, the inner surface of the prosthetic socket should be cleaned with a warm, soapy cloth. All soap residue needs to be removed by wiping the socket with a clean, wet cloth and then dried with a towel.

The Sock

Socks come in various colours, materials, lengths, widths and thicknesses. Socks can be washed with warm water; by hand or in a washing machine. Lie socks flat to dry or put them in the dryer.

Your prosthetist will give you socks of different thick­nesses when you are fit with your prosthesis. Over time, socks will wear out and need to be replaced. As you become eligible for new socks, through MDL, you may get new socks from your prosthetist.

The Liner

A liner can be made out of a variety of materials includ­ing: silicone, gel, thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), or polyurethane (PUR). Your prosthetist will explain which type of liner may be best for you.

Liners are worn with direct contact on the amputee’s skin. The intimate fit of the liner on the residual limb suggests that the liner will absorb sweat, bacteria and moisture. 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, skin friendly, unscented soap over the entire gel surface of the liner to remove all residue.
  • Rinse off all soap by holding the liner under warm running water.
  • Turn the liner right side (fabric side) OUT, and place on the drying stand (the fabric must be facing out when drying).
  • Always store liners with the fabric on the outside to prevent cracking or collecting dust/airborne parti­cles.
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