September is National Skin Care Awareness Month and Creative Technology would like to take some time to discuss skin care tips for patients who wear a prosthetic limb. Whether for the upper leg, lower leg, hand, arm, or foot, all limbs require special care and attention.
General skin care tips for all parts of the body are to wear sun screen, avoid artificial UVA lamps, stay hydrated, and to watch for suspicious moles. The skin is the largest organ on the body and we must treat it well so it will look and feel it’s best. Someone who wears a prosthetic limb may already understand their life requires unique considerations, and skin care is no different, which is why Creative Technology wants to suggest tips for keeping their skin as healthy as possible.
- Wash your limb with soap and water every day. Allow the limb to dry completely before putting on the prosthetic limb to reduce the risk of fungal growth that could lead to infection.
- Most limbs are covered every day, so it is important to protect it with sunscreen if and when it is exposed to UV rays.
- Check for skin breakdown on the limb at least twice a day. If you have difficulty seeing the limb, ask for assistance or use a mirror.
- After removing your prosthesis, check for red pressure patches that do not disappear within a few minutes. They may result in skin breakdown if left untreated.
- If skin breakdown does occur, visit your doctor or prosthetist for immediate attention. Do not wear your prosthetic and have a wheel chair or crutches for back up.
- To lesson skin irritation and damage, talk to Creative Technology about the Negative Vacuum Suspension Socket. It helps maintain limb volume and ensures the prosthetic fits throughout the entire day.
With these tips, and many more, Creative Technology is confident your skin will look and feel its best. Whether you have been wearing a prosthetic limb for 2 or 20 years, it is never too late to pick up new healthy habits. Creative Technology is available and excited to assist with all your prosthetic and orthotic needs.