There are some days when you wake up and it’s just miserable to put on your prosthesis. It doesn’t want to fit right or it’s itchy or it pinches horribly.
There are a few things you can do to prevent an uncomfortable prosthesis fit, including:
1) Good Hygiene.
Certain socket designs can increase the likelihood that you’ll sweat in your prosthesis. If you’re not wiping it down on a daily basis, you run the risk of a fungus outbreak. Make sure you’re using ph-friendly soaps and all-natural lotion. If you do use an antiperspirant, avoid the scented kind.
2) Maintain a steady weight.
Changes in weight are one of the top reasons why prostheses stop fitting as they should. Remember, your prosthesis doesn’t change shape just because you do. Make sure you’re eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly.
3) Stay compliant with physical therapy.
Getting physical therapy early on can ensure that you’re catching any issues quickly. Make sure that you continue to practice the stretches and exercises your physical therapist showed you at the beginning of your prosthesis journey. Otherwise, you could lapse into bad habits that lead to a poor prosthesis fit.
4) Switching out your socks at the right time.
There’s no one formula for when you should add or take away socks throughout the day. Each person is different, and each day is different. Make sure you carry extra socks with you throughout the day to make sure it continues to fit comfortably.
5) Talk to your prosthetist.
You should see your prosthetist once every six months, even if you don’t think you need to. Small adjustments to your prosthesis can make a big difference in your comfort level. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t try and fix it on your own.
We pride ourselves on providing the most comfortable solutions to all our amputees. If your prosthesis isn’t fitting correctly, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with us today. We can help you detect what may be causing the discomfort and work with you to resolve it.