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Prosthetic Skincare Ingredient Focus: Castor Oil

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Castor oil is rich in omega-6, omega-9, and vitamin E, which makes this skincare ingredient super nourishing and hydrating for prosthetic users. The inside of a prosthetic socket can be a harsh environment, leaving your skin at risk for irritation and trauma. 

Bottle of castor oil which can be used for prosthetic skincare.

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Stopping Phantom Limb Pain Before It Starts with Primary TMR

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Primary Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR) seems to be the answer to stopping or mitigating the effects of phantom pain even before it starts. Pioneered by surgeons at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, primary TMR entails the rerouting of nerves cut during amputation into surrounding muscle.

Amputee suffering from phantom limb pain, which could be stopped before it starts with primary TMR.

 

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A Beginner’s Guide to Amputee Running: Pre-Run Exercises

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Now it's time to create a pre-run ritual to protect your muscles from straining. On your quest to become a proficient prosthetic runner, you need to focus on strengthening your leg, especially your sound side leg which will bear most of the load. Aside from strengthening your leg, you need to continually build your endurance so your body can meet the demands of running with a prosthetic leg.

An illustrated above-knee amputee shows the different exercises amputee runners should do to prepare their bodies for the demands of running.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Amputee Running: Below-Knee Suspension

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

One of the most preferred suspension systems for BK amputee runners is a suction suspension with a prosthetic liner, one-way valve, and prosthetic sleeve. The ideal prosthetic liner should be made from silicone because it will not lengthen or stretch as much as gel liners while on your run. 

A below-knee mannequin amputee showcases a below-knee suspension system fit for amputee running.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Amputee Running: Above-Knee Suspension

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

During a run, you want your complete focus on your performance, so you wouldn’t want anything to hinder you from giving it your all. Another essential component of your prosthetic running system is the suspension. And the only way to ensure optimal performance is to select a secure suspension system that fits you well.

An above-knee mannequin amputee wears an above-knee suspension belt which can be used for prosthetic running.

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