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Prosthetic Guides

How to escape from your prosthesis when the lock isn't working.

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Relax and take a deep breath.  Removing yourself from your prosthesis is actually simple and doesn't require damaging your prosthesis to escape.

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How do I care for my stump shrinker?

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It's always advantageous to have two shrinker stockings, wear one, wash one.  Most shrinker manufacturers will recommend hand washing or using a delicate cycle in cold water with mild soap such as medi care Compression Garment Detergent, inside a garment bag.  It's always good practice to wash your shinker stocking every day.  Do not dry your shrinker stocking inside the dryer, but rather allow it to air dry.

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How to measure for a stump shrinker

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All stump shrinkers require three circumferential measurements.  First it's important  when using a fabric tape measure to make sure you don't pull the ends too tight.  This can cause you to order a stump shrinker that is too small for your residual limb. Second, try to make sure that the tape measure lays horizontal and not on an angle.  And last, take your time.  Don't hesitate to measure your residual limb a few times.  The bottom measurement is always the toughest to acquire, yet the most important. 

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When should a prosthetic shrinker be worn?

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You should wear your shinker anytime you are not wearing your prosthesis.  Typically new amputees begin wearing a prosthetic shrinker once the suture line has begun healing.  Please consult your physician and/or prosthetist on whether you can use a prosthetic shrinker before your sutures are removed.  When wearing a prosthetic shrinker at night and it begins rolling down, please pull it back up into place. 

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I think it's time for a new prosthetic shrinker

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Prosthetic shrinkers change shape with time, as well as your residual limb.  Prosthetic shrinkers are sized using measurements that you or your Prosthetist acquired when your limb was at a certain shape and size.  If a prosthetic shrinker is too tight or loose it may be time to reassess the fit of your shrinker by taking new measurements.   

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