If you’re headed to the beach for the first time after limb loss, you may be wondering if there are certain things you should and shouldn’t do regarding your prosthetic device. The short answer is, yes – there are definitely special considerations to be made as an amputee at the beach! Read on to learn some tips for a beach trip that’s safe and fun.
Tip #1: Don’t Leave Your Prosthesis in the Car
If you’re driving from your condo to the beach access point, you may be tempted to just leave your prosthesis in the backseat for safekeeping. However, a prosthesis that’s left in a car can get too hot, which can cause the plastic to melt and warp. You don’t want that!
Tip #2: Know How to Use a Prosthesis in the Water
First of all, there are some prostheses that are actually designed to be used in water. After you use one, though, be sure you turn it upside down when you rinse it out because sand and water can get trapped inside. There are also protective covers that you can use on your regular prosthesis to keep it dry, even when it’s completely submerged.
Also, another tip: some prosthetic devices float in the water!
Tip #3: Be Careful with Forearm Crutches
If you’re using forearm crutches at the beach, be aware that they are hollow and can easily fill up with sand and/or water. Also, if part of your crutches are metal ( this really goes for all prosthetic devices), then remember the danger of rust. If your device is exposed to salt water, you need to rinse and dry them well so that they don’t rust.
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