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Prosthetic Guides — Slip-On Aids

Prosthetic Liquid-to-Powder Lotions

Posted by Bryan Potok on

Liquid to powder formulations are intended for suction socket donning, moisturizing your limb and keeping you drier.  Simply add Liquid Powder to the top of your socket's brim as well as along the top third of your residual limb and slide in.  Within a few moments the liquid powder converts to powder.  Depending upon how much you use, having a towel handy for wiping your hands is helpful.  This system of using liquid powder to apply your suction socket is effortless. 

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Prosthetic Donning Aids

Posted by Bryan Potok on

Donning aids are available using different materials, designs and techniques, however they are all intended to assist you in applying your prosthesis.  Some are more popular than others based on individual needs and/or ease of use.  Prosthetic donning aids address issues for individuals ranging from upwardly pressure from skin rolls to excessive sock ply bunching to hammock-ing and discomfort related to putting on prosthetic suction leg sockets. 

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Cotton Stockinette as a pull sock for suction sockets

Posted by Bryan Potok on

Prosthetic users have the option of using a cotton stockinette pull sock.  Stockinette pull socks are available in rolls of usually 25yd (23m).  Stockinette pull socks are used in a similar manner to Nylon Donning Sheaths.  The end result, for the most part is the same, however the experience is quite different.  Using pull socks is actually messy because you will need a lubricant such as talcum powder to reduce any abrasiveness and friction.

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Donning Sheaths are made with parachute material

Posted by Bryan Potok on

Nylon Donning Aids consist of two pieces of slippery nylon that slide over one another as you "pull" the donning sheath through the valve opening.  The material is very similar to parachutes. Each manufacturer uses a variation of nylon.  Some nylon variations are slightly thinner or contain more reinforcement strands.  Nylon finishing range from a "crunchy" feel to a light cloth-like feel.  It's really a matter of user preference as to which one is better.  Some users have commented that having a "crunchy" finish makes it easier for the two nylon layers to slide on one another. 

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