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Caring For Your Prosthesis

To ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your prothesis, it is very important to care, clean, and maintain them. Here are 3 tips to keep in mind when caring for your prosthesis:

1. Clean Your Get Liner

Rule of thumb – anything that is in direct contact with your skin should be cleaned as often as possible to prevent health concerns or infections. The gel liner falls under this category. Follow this easy 5 step guide on how to clean your gel liner to keep it at its tip top shape and to prevent potential skin irritation:

  1. Remove liner from your prosthesis
  2. Spot clean the outside of your prothesis
  3. Flip your liner inside out, use anti-bacterial soap and warm water to clean
  4. Rinse off products and dry with a cloth
  5. Flip liner right side out and store for future use

2. Clean your Prosthesis Socks Daily

It is ideal to wash prosthesis socks as often as possible, especially if being worn on a daily basis. Like stated previous, lack of cleanliness can lead to potential health concerns, as well as unpleasant odor.

Every prosthesis sock brand is different, it is important to follow the care instructions provided – these instructions will help you keep its shape, effectiveness, and prolong its life.

3. Clean Your Prosthesis Socket

Often times people skip this step and we get it, since this piece doesn’t make direct contact with your skin, why bother cleaning it? We suggest cleaning it for the same reasons we’ve mentioned above: effectiveness, longevity, and to prevent irritation or health concerns. Unlike socks and liners, the socket does not need to be cleaned quite as often but instead on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

Clean your socket by simply spraying your socket with an alcohol-based cleaner and wipe the socket. Don’t forget to clean the inside of your socket as well!

Bonus Tip: It doesn’t hurt to reach out to a professional! If you ever feel extra guidance is needed, have concerns or questions, it is best to speak with a professional. They will steer you in the right direction and ensure your healing process is on the right path.

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