Maintaining good liner and socket hygiene is essential to extending the life of your prosthetic device. Since your prosthesis is now an extension of your body, you’ll want to ensure its upkeep on a daily basis. Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions is here with some tips on how take care of the liner and socket:
1) Clean it daily.
You wash your hands every day. Likewise, the parts of your liner that come into contact with your skin need to be cleaned daily. Use warm, soapy water to wash away any skin oils, sweat or dead skin that build up over time. Not only will this extend the life of your liner, it will also keep the skin on your residual limb from breaking down. Remember not to use any alcohol-based cleaners, as these can damage your liner extensively.
2) Don’t make adjustments to your socket.
If your socket feels “off” it may be tempting to try and adjust it yourself. However, you may do more harm than you realize. Tightening the wrong screw could damage your socket, putting you in danger of a malfunction. Be sure to call us right away if you think your prosthesis needs an adjustment.
3) Don’t swim with your prosthesis
While the liner can absorb sweat just fine, most prostheses were not meant to be fully submerged in water. This is especially true if you are using myoelectric technology. Bulow can craft a prosthesis for you specifically for swimming, so give us a call if you’re interested in having one.
4) Give it a quick once over each day.
Exam your liner and socket for any cracks or signs of breakage. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment if you see potential problems. When it comes to prostheses, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
At Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions, we understand that there’s a learning curve when it comes to using a prosthesis. Our team is prepared to answer any of your concerns, and can help you continue the activities you enjoy. Make an appointment with us today, and see how we can help you live the life you’ve always dreamed.