You may need Prosthetic Care if………..
- – You have not seen your prosthetist with in the last 6 months
- – You experience weight gain or weight loss of 10lbs or more
- – Your functional/activity level changes
- – Your prosthesis does not fit as well at it did
Maintenance is necessary to keep your prosthetic functioning properly. As you improve as a prosthetic user, it is important to have adjustments made to your prosthetic. Some examples of maintenance and adjustments you may need are….
- – Liners, sleeves, and prosthetic socks should be properly maintained and kept in good working condition while utilizing your prosthetic.
- – Alignment/Gait as a prosthetics user becomes more comfortable using his or her device, the alignment and gait will change and need to be adjusted to continue the best use of prosthetic.
- – Prosthetics feet/knees/elbows/hands all require maintenance to ensure they are in good working condition at all times.
The lifetime of a prosthesis is dependent on activity level and lifestyle. By performing checkups and regular maintenance the lifetime of your prosthesis could be extended. Even with the best care a prosthesis will eventually have to be replaced. A socket replacement is required if any of the following take place.
- – The socket no longer fits properly. Slipping or movement within the socket while wearing it.
- – Residual Limb Size has changed
- – Existing socket is worn out of broken
- – An additional surgery to residual limb
Contact Gulf Coast prosthetics at 281-292-2255 If you are in need of prosthetic check up’s or maintenance.