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Amputee Life Blog — Skin & Wound Care

Help Me Choose: Salves, Balms, and Moisturizers

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

As you go about your day getting things done, your residual limb bears the brunt of your daily activities. This is why you notice that the skin around your residual limb looks rough, red, and cracked. And as we age, these skin conditions will only get worse. 
How do you know which product to use, a salve or balm?

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8 Summer Skin and Prosthetic Problems

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

If you're thinking of spending a day at the beach or lounging by the swimming pool, you are not exempt from some skin and prosthesis-related problems that are commonly prevalent during the hot and humid season. So, we'd like to help you keep your vacations fun by exercising a bit of caution to prevent discomfort and even jeopardizing your health.

Prosthetic skin issues during hot weather.

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What Causes Chafing?

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Before we can look into the causes chafing, it’s important to understand what chafing is. A chafe is a common skin irritation that is almost identical to blisters. It occurs when the skin is rubbed against another surface over and over again. Not to worry though, it is not a grave injury. However, it can be a real pain in the neck, quite literally sometimes. If left untreated, it may get infected. This article will be your guide to all things chafing.

What causes prosthetic chafing for amputees.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Stop Using Antibacterial Soaps, Bars, and Gels

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Even after 40 years of research, the FDA can't find substantial evidence that antibacterial soap and other antiseptic wash products curb bacterial growth. As a result, manufacturers had to prove that their products are safe and more effective than regular soap and water. Here are 5 reasons to stop using antibacterial soaps. 

Using antibacterial soaps are not good for your body and are no more effective than regular soap.

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Everything You Need to Know About Desensitization Exercises

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

In your rehabilitation journey, living healthily post-surgery will help you recover much faster and feel better sooner both physically and mentally. However, a skilled physical therapist can also teach you simple exercises to increase your comfort in everyday living, how to manage your prosthesis, and how to work through movements while minimizing pain with desensitization exercises.

Learn everything about stump desensitization exercises.

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