We know that sometimes you may not feel like you have the right answer or know what to do. If you have a question concerning your prosthesis, please don’t hesitate to call. Here are some of our most common questions:
1) Why did I fall?
Not only is a fall painful for you physically, if you’re a lower extremity amputee, it could mean there’s something wrong with your prosthesis. A fall can also throw your prosthesis out of alignment or otherwise damage it.
2) What should do if my skin becomes irritated?
Call us if you start to develop a rash, blister or sore in the areas where the liner has direct contact with your skin. It could mean a range of problems—from an allergic reaction to the liner to issues with alignment or socket fit.
3) What if I gain or lose weight?
Lower-extremity amputees rely on their socket to evenly distribute the weight they place on it. Changing how much your prosthesis handles can negatively impact the fit. Your residual limb will also grow or shrink in size if you have a sudden change in weight.
4) Why is my limb hurting?
Usually, this happens as you start to lose some of your natural padding around the areas where the bones are most prominent. This can be remedied through a socket fit or alignment.
5) How long will my prosthesis last?
The various components on your prosthesis weren’t meant to last forever. Gel liners will crack, socks will fray, the mechanical knee will go out and the vacuum pump will stop working. We’re here to help you with maintenance issues like these and more.
6) How often should I get my prosthesis checked?
Various things can interfere with your prosthesis’ functionality, such as adjustment screws coming loose or your foot rotating out of proper alignment. Even if these things don’t occur, you should check in with your prosthetists once every three months or so just to make sure everything is working correctly.
Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions is here for you. If you are experiencing any of these common complications, call us to and make an appointment. We will work with you to solve the issue and you can continue enjoying your life to the fullest.