Part two of a blog series devoted to helping you live a happy and healthy post-amputation life.  

In our last blog post, we talked about some things you can do to ensure a good outcome with your prosthetic device. Today, we want to talk about some more tips that will help you live a happy and healthy post-amputation life.

  1. Maintain your overall health. Just wearing your prosthesis while you sit around the house all day does not help your overall health. Strive to be active by standing and walking around on your prosthetic device as much as possible. This will also increase blood circulation to the lower limbs, aiding with the prevention or treatment of diabetes.
  2. If you use dialysis, manage your socket fit with socks. When you use dialysis, the volume of your residual limb will fluctuate from day-to-day. Typically, you will need more socks immediately following dialysis and fewer socks as your approach your next session. Diuretics also affect your limb volume and socket fit so don’t skip any medications!
  3. Liners don’t last forever. As liners wear, the gel becomes thin and less protective. This can lead to skin breakdown. Insurance will typically cover the expense of two new liners every 12 months.
  4. Make lifestyle changes to avoid diabetes. A lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and regular exercise is important for everyone. If you already have diabetes, lifestyle changes need to be made. With the help of your primary care physician, develop a plan to help you reduce your dependency on medications that can have negative effects on your body in the future.
  5. Understand the importance of sock-ply management. It is normal for your residual limb to change size and shape after your amputation. You can use different sock-ply configurations to help maintain a comfortable socket fit. Combining full-length and partial length socks is often a good way to achieve an optimal fit. Be willing to experiment and make adjustments to find the right fit. Be sure to stay in touch with your primary care physician and prosthetist if you think you need a smaller socket due to weight loss or major shape changes.

A successful prosthesis involves a combined effort between you and your prosthetist. It is important to communicate your goals so you can work as a team towards success. You can talk with a prosthetist at Creative Technology by contacting us online or scheduling an appointment. We look forward to working with you!