Your prosthesis is a unique tool that provides you with comfort and functionality. However, like any tool, your custom prosthesis can simply lose its effectiveness with time, especially due to a changing fit. Therefore, replacing your prosthesis is vital.
Replace Sooner than Later
Most professionals recommend replacing your device every three to five years. Depending on your lifestyle, how much daily wear and tear your device experiences, and your personal preferences, your replacement may need to be made sooner.
Many invest in a new custom prosthesis sooner than later to avoid inconvenient maintenance visits and fees. Repairs add up over time. When parts are worn, your prosthesis does not function as it should. It can also be uncomfortable and require you to exert more energy.
To improve the efficiency of your device, your first socket should be replaced within the first three to six months. The socket will most likely have to be replaced two or three times within in the year. Frequent changes are best.
Recognizing Residual Limb Change
The longer you have your prostheses, the better you will get at recognizing residual limb changes. Your prosthetist will always have the best recommendations. Every three months, it is best to check in with your professional for preventative care.
For utmost comfort, wearing more than one sock can help. However, having to wear thicker ply socks is a sign of limb shrinkage. This can affect how well your socket fits your residual limb. Our BioTech comfort sockets help provide the most comfort and functionality.
Any red or sore area should be tended to immediately. That is usually a sign of the residual limb changing shape.
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