Maximize Prosthesis Lifespan
You understandably want your prosthesis to last as soon as possible. The longevity of your prosthesis is dependent on the care you take with it, its type, and usage. You’ll also need to consider lifestyle factors and any physical changes. However, there are steps you can take to make your prosthesis last longer. We’ll dive into those tips below.
Factors to Be Aware Of
The lifespan of your prosthesis is dependent on the following factors:
- The maintenance and care your prosthesis receives
- The type of prosthesis, how often it is used, and how it is used
- The age of the user: children will outgrow their prosthesis and need replacements
- Any significant weight changes that alter the size of your residual limb
- Any significant lifestyle changes that dictate the need for a new prosthesis
Caring for Your Prosthesis
The good news? The first factor (maintenance and care) is one of the most significant and completely under your control. Here’s to take care of your prosthesis and make it last:
- Clean your prosthesis and residual limb with mild soap and water each day.
- Allow your prosthesis to air dry before using again.
- Keep your socks and liners clean. Change them at least once a day, more often if they become soiled.
- Likewise, replace worn-out socks and liners as needed.
- Use the type of shoe designed to fit with your prosthesis.
- Never apply lotions or fragrances to your prosthesis.
- Check your prosthesis regularly for cracks, damages, or uses with function.
- Never “DIY” prosthesis adjustments and repairs. Always work with a certified practitioner.
- Contact your practitioner ASAP if you notice an issue with your prosthesis to avoid more costly repairs.
- Follow your practitioner’s guidelines for care and maintenance.
Working with your prosthetist is the best way to lengthen the lifespan of your prosthesis and ensure that you stay comfortable. Keep in mind that after amputation, your residual limb will change in size and shape. It’s important to keep an eye on these changes and be open to trying new sockets, liners, or prosthetic devices. When you first meet with your prosthetist discuss the longevity of your device and how you can maximize its performance and lifespan. If you’re looking for a team of prosthetists who put your needs first, look no further than Metro Prosthetics. Since 1977, we’ve helped people like you regain independence and a get a new lease on life.