A well-fitted prosthetic can make all the difference in whether an amputee gets sores around their prosthesis, but even the best fitting technology can wear on the skin and cause discomfort for people using prosthetic limbs. The Negative Vacuum Suspension Socket at Creative Technology is a great option for lower limb amputees because it maintains a better and more comfortable fit throughout the day.
If you have discomfort or sores at the end of a long day in your prosthetic, check out these tips to prevent sores with your prosthetic.
• Our body part sizes change throughout the day based on activity level, food intake and even the weather. To deal with this, try adding or removing socks or liners until the fit feels better.
• Work to maintain a stable body weight. Even slight changes in body weight can affect how your prosthetic fits, so aim to stay at the same weight you were when you were fitted.
• Eating healthy and drinking plenty of water helps to control your body weight and keep the skin in your prosthetic healthy.
• If you have diabetes, monitor and control your blood sugar as recommended by your doctor to help keep the blood flowing to the skin around the prosthetic and keep it healthy.
• Avoid changing the way you carry yourself. Adjusting to a prosthetic will completely change the way you walk and hold your body upright, but once you have an established way of walking or standing that is comfortable, stick with it. Avoid activities that force you to stand or walk in awkward positions that make your prosthetic uncomfortable.
• Wash the skin that comes in contact with the prosthetic and the socket of the prosthetic every day with antibacterial soap. If you are prone to sweating, try antiperspirant spray on your skin that contains no scents or additives. Baby oil is the best option for lubrication, not lotion.
Creative Technology prides itself on providing custom-fitted prosthetics that leave patients completely comfortable. Everyday wear and tear and body weight fluctuations can cause discomfort before a new fitting, so take these precautions to stay comfortable in your prosthetic.