Tips to Improve Your Outcome as a Prosthetic User: Part 1

Posted on: May 15th, 2015 by Premier Prosthetics Blogger
There are many things that you can do to keep your prosthetic device in good working condition for life.

There are many things that you can do to keep your prosthetic device in good working condition for life.

 

Even people who have been using a prosthetic device for many years can start to experience problems down the road. The best way to prevent minor problems from turning into something more serious is through communication and regular maintenance. As experts in prosthetic devices, Premier Prosthetics has some tips to help you improve your outcome as a user:

  1. See your primary care physician at least every six months. Visit your doctor to discuss the condition of both your residual limb and your prosthetic device. If you need new liners, socks or have an issue that is causing discomfort, your primary care physician can write a prescription for you to get those taken care of.
  2. Make lifestyle changes to avoid diabetes. An active lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and regular exercise is important for everyone. If you already have diabetes, lifestyle changes need to be made. With the help of your primary care physician, develop a healthy plan that will help you reduce your dependency on medications that can have negative effects on your body in the future.
  3. If you use dialysis, manage your socket fit with socks. When using dialysis, the volume of your residual limb will fluctuate from day-to-day. Typically, you will need more socks immediately following dialysis and fewer socks as your approach your next session. Diuretics also play a role in your limb volume and socket fit so don’t skip any medications!
  4. Know what your K-level is. K-levels are used as a measurement to define an amputee’s mobility level. K-levels are determined by your primary care physical and prosthetist and are typically used by medical insurance companies. Discussing your K-levels with your prosthetist can help you understand how it affects the components used when fabricating your prosthetic device.
  5. Practice good hygiene. Be sure that you are cleaning the inside of your liners daily and take care of cracks, blisters and ulcers that can lead to infection.

Premier Prosthetics wants to do everything we can to help you thrive with your prosthetic device. Please contact us with all of your questions or to schedule an appointment. Be sure to watch for our next blog post with more tips to help you improve your life as a prosthetic user!

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