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Amputee Life Blog — Prosthetic Issues

Prevent Your Prosthesis From Destroying Your Pants With This Trick

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

No matter what you do, your prosthetic socket always leaves small holes in your pants. It seems as if there’s no winning, right? Some people add some covering over their socket trimelines or stitch a durable material to their pants. Others wear slick yoga pants underneath their jeans, but inevitably, the prosthetic socket wins. We’ve been experimenting with a few ideas to prevent your socket from destroying your favorite pair of jeans or pants. Here’s what we have so far. 

A tear in denim pants due to wearing a prosthesis.

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3 Tips to Manage Socket Fit

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Lower back pain, pressure over a bone, wearing a dozen sock ply too many—all of these are good reasons to manage your residual limb’s volume changes proactively. If you’re already wearing a 25-ply sock, but you’re still wondering what else can be done to make your prosthesis feel comfortable, your residual limb doesn't swell and shrink uniformly.

A below-knee amputee enjoys a day on the field because of proper socket volume management.

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Prosthetic Socket Alignment: Ideal Rotation

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

If you find yourself comfortable in your prosthesis until you start walking, your socket rotation may be slightly off. Here’s how you can determine if your suspicions are correct.

How to determine the ideal prosthetic socket alignment and rotation using your phone's measuring or photo editing app.

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Prosthetists Are Concerned Over Ohio Law on 3D Printed Prostheses 

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Prosthetists in the US are closely watching the developments in Ohio as a new law gives anyone with a 3D printer the ability to begin providing artificial limbs. This chain of events started when Aaron Westbrook, now a 20-year-old Ohio State University student, used recycled plastic and a 3D printer at his old high school to create a prosthetic arm when he was 15 years old. Born without a hand and wrist on his right arm, Westbrook used his first creation.

Aaron Westbrook is the CEO of Form5, a non-profit company that provides 3D printed prosthesis to those in need.

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Silipos Silosheath: What It Is and How to Use It

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Prosthetic sheaths are one of the most underrated prosthetic gears you can have at your disposal. Sheaths can reduce friction, wick sweat, and help keep the valves inside a vacuum setup free from lint. If you’re looking for a good prosthetic sheath brand, we recommend the Silosheath line by Silipos. 

A lower limb amputee mannequin showcases the Silipos Silosheath gel sheath which is available at Amputee Store.

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