Tips to Improve Your Outcome as a Prosthetic User: Part 2

Posted on: May 15th, 2015 by Premier Prosthetics Blogger
Continued from Part 1 and caring for your device, here are some tips to help keep you happy and healthy as a prosthetic user.

Continued from Part 1 about caring for your device, here are some tips to help keep you happy and healthy as a prosthetic user.

 

In our last blog post, we talked about some things you can do to help ensure a successful outcome with your prosthetic device. Today, we want to talk about some more tips that will help you stay happy, healthy and active.

  1. See your prosthetist every three months. Even if everything seems to be working well, you should visit your prosthetist regularly to have your residual limb and prosthetic device checked. If something becomes uncomfortable between your scheduled visits, you can schedule additional appointments.
  2. Maintain your overall health. Wearing your prosthetic device while you sit around the house or in a wheelchair all day does not do any favors for your overall health. Get active by standing and walking around on your prosthetic device as much as possible. Increased activity will also improve blood circulation to the lower limbs, aiding with the prevention or treatment of diabetes.
  3. Liners don’t last forever. As liners wear down in certain areas, the gel becomes thin and less protective. This can lead to skin breakdown and infection. Insurance typically covers the expense of two new liners every 12 months.
  4. Understand the importance of sock-ply management. It is normal for your residual limb to change size and shape after your amputation. You can use different sock-ply configurations to maintain a comfortable socket fit. Combining full-length and/or partial length socks is one way to achieve the best fit. Be willing to try different things and make adjustments to find the right fit.
  5. Get informed about the terms of your medical coverage. Whether you are insured by Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Administration or private insurance, educate yourself about what your deductibles and co-pays are. If you have a primary insurer, you may also be able to buy a secondary coverage policy to cover more of your prosthetic expenses.

You and your prosthetist must work as a team to achieve success with your prosthetic device. Communicate your goals with them so you can combine efforts and work towards that objective. You can talk with a prosthetist at Premier Prosthetics by giving us a call at 210-340-2181 or contacting us online.

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