Winter can be a slippery, sliding time for many of us. For those of us wearing prosthetic legs or orthopedic braces, the extreme weather can pose a threat. So, how do you stay safe and warm and not feel itchy or uncomfortable? Follow these tips from BioTech Limb and Brace!
#1: Get Gear with a Grip
When we’re talking about staying safe in the winter – when weather gets nasty – it all comes down to grip.
Resist sliding on ice or in snow by making sure that all of your shoes have good grip. No matter the weather, good traction will keep you safe and keep your feet on solid ground. Flats or sneakers with rubber soles will keep you stable – just don’t try heels outdoors! If you are going to experience severe weather, consider investing in snow shoes, weatherproof boots, or ice cleats.
To ensure comfort even under layers of wool and fleece, learn more about custom BioTech comfort sockets. Gel liners for your prosthetic leg will also keep you both warm and comfortable, even in harsh weather. Your flexibility and range of motion will improve, and overall you will simply be more comfortable.
#2: Stay Warm
Beyond footwear, your prosthetic leg or hand must be worn at all times in the cold. If your orthopedic professional suggests that you wear a knee or leg brace, make sure that you do not skip a day during the winter. Especially during this season, if your residual limb is left uncovered, you may experience pain and irritation. Cold weather can leave your extremities in a lot of pain, due to barometric pressure, if you are not careful.
If you have experienced limb loss due to natural causes or surgery, maintaining body warmth, no matter your Body Mass Index, is important. Warm layers and adequate material like waterproof jackets and appropriate footwear will keep you comfortable in the cold.
#3: Talk to Your Therapist
At BioTech Limb and Brace in Birmingham, AL we are committed to excellent service and patient satisfaction. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to form new relationships with patients, because we consider everyone who comes to visit family. During this holiday season, we are reminded of how grateful we are for our patients and for modern technology that helps us recognize possibilities for those patients everyday.
Learn more for yourself by checking out our latest blog or contacting a personal professional on the BioTech team today.