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Limb Loss Awareness Month: Let Your Voice Be Heard

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

There are approximately 185,000 amputations in the US alone every year. In 2013, there were around 2.1 million amputees in the US, and by 2050, this figure is projected to increase to 3.6 million. Despite this number, it's still easy to feel alone....this April, we at Amputee Store are celebrating Limb Loss Awareness Month 2019, and we invite you to join us and be your own advocate.

Become a peer visitor and help new amputees.

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Better Psychological Planning Pre-Amputation is Key to Quality of Life Post-Amputation

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

There is a need to improve psychological screening and early treatment of anxiety symptoms before the surgery. There is also a need to improve symptoms of traumatic stress and depression after an amputation further, and the study advocated for the importance of social support over time. 

Symptoms of anxiety were typically magnified after amputation.

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Prosthetic Foot Alignment: Part 3

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

The toe-in and toe-out movements of your prosthetic foot are referred to as foot rotation. And rotational changes can negatively affect how your prosthetic foot functions right before your leg goes into swing phase of walking when you’re on the “toe.” (This group of orchestrated movements is referred to as the late stance phase of gait.)

Too much prosthetic too out can reduce the toe functionality of your prosthetic foot.

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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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