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A Primer on Breathable Prosthetic Liners

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Sweating profusely underneath your prosthetic liner isn't limited to rock climbers and marathon runners. Heat and moisture buildup plagues every prosthetic user every day. And if you wear a prosthetic liner, then you know that sweat magnifies a lot of prosthetic-related issues. 

Breathable amputee liners allow sweat to flow through the liner and prevent buildup and chafing.

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How to Navigate Online Dating as an Amputee

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

When it comes to online dating, the general rules apply to everyone. But self-consciousness, an obstacle to which most of us admit succumbing, can lead to avoiding dating altogether. It also doesn't help that online dating seems to magnify physical traits. 

Online dating for amputees can seem to magnify physical traits.

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Prosthetic Foot Alignment: Part 2

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Changes in the side-to-side movement of a prosthetic foot along the frontal plane can negatively impact your knee. When foot placement remains uncorrected for a long time, you can expect issues that can lead to a long-term deterioration of the knee joint. This holds true regardless whether you wear an above- or below-the-knee prosthesis. 

Everything you need to know about prosthetic foot alignment part 2

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How to Restore a Discolored Prosthetic Foot Shell

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

A prosthetic foot shell is susceptible to the same environmental factors as other footwear. Over time, your foot shell will become discolored and stained. But there’s a way to restore it to an almost-pristine condition. 

How to clean and removed discoloration from a prosthetic foot shell.

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New Theory Sheds Light on Phantom Limb Pain

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Recently, the journal Frontiers in Neurology published a paper by Dr. Max Ortiz Catalan, Associate Professor at Chalmers University of Technology and head of the Biomechatronics and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory. He called it “stochastic entanglement,” which describes how entangled neural circuitry causes phantom limb pain.

Phantom limb pain can be explained using stochastic entanglement.

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