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Prosthetic Guides — Prosthetic Textiles

How many sock ply is too many ply?

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Whether you are a new amputee or one whose limb has fully matured and you find yourself wearing a prosthesis with 20 plus sock ply, here's what you can do.  First and foremost, please call your Prosthetist for an appointment.  During your scheduled appointment he/she will evaluate your current socket and you can decide whether it's time for a socket replacement or attempt to adjust your current socket fit.   During this appointment he/she will take into consideration any changes in medications, weight gain or lose and  previous attempts to adjust your socket fit.

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Which prosthetic sock is right for me?

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As with activity specific clothing, there are different types of amputee socks designed for optimum performance under specific conditions, and the type you choose will largely be determined by when you plan on using them and what performance priorities you value. A thick 5-Ply, wool sock with X-Static, for example is ideal when odor management and cushion are priority and perspiration is secondary.  Applying this same X-Wool by Knit-Rite sock underneath your prosthetic liner to help with odor causing bacteria would create a critical suspension issue.  In this example, the ideal prosthetic sock would be the Liner-Liner prosthetic sock by Knit-Rite for underneath your gel liner.  During your search for prosthetic socks, you may find that a mixture of specialized-appropriate socks is ideal.

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5 Prosthetic Sock Best Practices

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It may seem obvious how to wear a prosthetic stump sock, however we put together this list of best practices.

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How to care for your prosthetic socks.

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Everyone should wear clean socks daily to promote good prosthetic hygiene. Prosthetic socks should be put on carefully to avoid wrinkling, which can cause skin abrasions. When your prosthetic socks become worn and packed down they should be replaced. Re-stitching socks will cause skin issues along from the seam for those with sensitive skin.  

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How to measure for stump socks.

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You want to be sure that when you measure, the tape is straight and in line with the area you are measuring. For example, most circumference measurements require the tape  measure to be parallel to the floor while lengths will need to be either parallel or perpendicular (based on the line orientation of the body part being measured).

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