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Prosthetic Guides — Skin Care

Common Skin Issues for Above Knee Amputees

Posted by Bryan Potok on

A variety of skin complications can occur around a residual limb. Many of these are preventable with diligent limb inspection and early treatment; and therefore should be brought to the attention of a physician when first noticed. The first of these skin problems is skin abrasion or breakdown, which may be attributable to inadequate sensation or blood supply to the residual limb and the inability to tolerate the pressure of a prosthesis. The prosthesis itself may not be fitted properly or may have been worn for too long; both conditions cause blisters from too much motion between the residual limb and the prosthesis. To reduce this friction, wear a nylon sheath or increase the ply (thickness) of socks worn over the residual limb. A better solution is getting the prosthesis modified to fit better. Both abrasions and blisters should be treated aggressively. 

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15 Skin Problems Amputees Experience & How to Solve Them

Posted by Bryan Potok on

From time to time, you may find yourself dealing with an uncomfortable situation related to wearing a prosthesis. It's important to be able to recognize what's happening and know what steps to take to address the problem.  Read below how to treat these prosthetic related skin issues at home or with the help of your Prosthetist.

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Your Skin Deserves Some TLC

Posted by Bryan Potok on

When surface skin is healthy, it looks and feels smooth and soft, like the skin of a baby. In contrast, damaged skin appears dry, rough, and dull. But prosthetic skin care isn't an aesthetic issue, but rather an issue of comfort and mobility.

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Why do some skincare products cause a negative reaction?

Posted by Bryan Potok on

Your skin's health is important, and anything you can do to protect it is ultimately a good thing. Taking care of your skin encourages collagen production, keeps it smooth on the surface, and helps it to protect itself from trauma, like the kind that can be caused by wearing a prosthesis. Skin care products usually help you care for your skin, but sometimes the product becomes the problem.

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Why are fragrance free products best?

Posted by Bryan Potok on

When a skincare product is a regular part of your daily routine, it helps if it has a pleasing aroma. Unfortunately, a product with a wonderful scent is also most likely to cause damage to your limb's extra-sensitive skin. Whether the fragrance in the product is natural or synthetic, it's almost always going to be irritating. 

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