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Amputee Life Blog — Prosthetic Issues

Help Me Choose: Prosthetic Socks

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Prosthetic socks are mission critical supplies. They can solve many common prosthetic issues, including excessive sweating, volume changes, and socket odors. Realizing one type of prosthetic sock doesn't work for everyone, nor solve all common prosthetic issues, prosthetic sock manufacturers have been expanding their sock offerings. 

There are different prosthetic socks materials and styles available to amputees.

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5 Reasons Why Above-Knee Suction Sockets Lose Suspension

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Nowadays there are so many ways to suspend an above-the-knee prosthetic socket. One of the most popular is using suction with a one-way valve. Many above-knee amputees prefer this method because it can create the greatest sensation of oneness with their prosthesis, and when a suction socket fits well, it works exceedingly well.  Learn what makes suction suspension fail.

Suction suspension is a method of suspending prosthetic legs that requires minimal weight changes.

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2 Types of Exercise that Negate the 'Prosthetic Factor'

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

In this article, we explore the Prosthetic Factor—what it is and how negating it can help prosthetic wearers function better than someone who is “able-bodied.” We’ll also delve deep into the benefits of two types of exercise: aerobic or cardio workouts and strength training.

Conditioning your body helps keep you mobile as a prosthetic user.

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When Should You Recalibrate Your Alignment? (Part 1)

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Understanding the effects of proper alignment is important to your overall physical health. When your prosthetic socket is misaligned, it can create a variety of issues such as lower back pain (LBP), fatigue and physical exhaustion, among others. So, we created this Alignment Guide for you.

The correct prosthetic alignment can make a prosthetic socket more comfortable.

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10 Ways to Improve Your Prosthetic Outcome

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Getting the most out of your prosthesis requires equal effort—50% from you, and 50% from your Prosthetist. Minor problems may occur from time to time, but communication and proper maintenance go a long way. Here are some tips on how to improve your outcome as a prosthetic user.

An amputee working to improve his prosthetic outcome.

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