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Are you controlling your socket volume?

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

You already know that the size and shape of your residual limb is constantly changing. Throughout your day, these subtle or not so subtle changes in volume mean your comfort level and prosthetic fit are fluctuating too.  Layering prosthetic socks is an easy way to adjust the volume of your socket, giving you a better, more consistent fit. A too tight or too loose socket can cause pain, abrasions, or other uncomfortable issues. Prosthetic socks not only affect volume, they act as padding, protect your skin from the effects of pressure and friction in the skin-socket interface, and can create...

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What's your opinion of the "S-Word"?

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

 Some say it's just a word. Other people say whether to use it or not is up to the individual. "People who hate the word 'stub' for their amputated limb fret no more. Call it your PAL (post amputated limb)," proclaimed the Amputee Coalition on their Facebook page. Amps weighed in with a bunch of alternatives: they say "residual limb," "short leg," just "leg," " Nubby," even "Rita," as one of the commenters calls her arm. Residual limb is such a mouth full.  Why can’t we simply refer to a leg as a leg and an arm as an arm?...

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