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5 Prosthetic Sock Best Practices

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

1.Don’t pull your prosthetic socks too taut.

When applying a sock never pull your sock too taut.  What may have started as a full 3-Ply, can quickly become lightweight thickness along the bottom of your limb and 2-3 Ply along the top.  Basically the exact scenario you want to avoid.

2. Place the seam towards the back of your limb.

Filler stump socks that have a seam require special care when applying onto your limb.  Always rotate the seams so that they are placed in the back of your  limb versus across the suture line.

3. Hole-in-Toe Socks

Pay special attention when applying socks with a hole-in-toe, so not to place the pin in the lock with your sock covering the pin.  Learn how to escape from your jammed prosthetic liner lock.

4. Choosing a length of Prosthetic Sock

The general rule is 3 inches (7.5 cm) above the middle of your knee cap.  Above knee amputees typically select a length based on preference.  However many prefer to reflect the sock over the above knee (AK) socket trimelines, creating a soft transition while also preventing the sock(s) from rolling down within the socket.   This general prosthetic rule does not apply to socks applied underneath a liner that help with odor control.

5. Washing Prosthetic Socks

After washing your prosthetic sock and allowing it to either tumble or air dry remember to give it a quick pull to revive the sock's fibers.

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