The ALPS Skin Reliever Gel Sheath is categorized as a sheath because it acts as shear and friction reducing barrier between your skin and prosthetic socket. If your prosthetic socket is loose, you may experience the sensation that your prosthesis feels heavier and possibly skin irritation from rubbing. The idea behind the Alps Skin Reliever Gel Sheath is now you don’t have to suffer through the afternoon when your socket is typically the loosest. Simply add a Skin Reliever and tighten your socket on your own schedule. It’s possible to place a Skin Reliever inside a gel pin locking liner or underneath a foam pelite liner. A Skin Reliever varies in thickness from 1.5 mm at the top to 3 mm along the bottom. That kind of gel thickness can reduce your sock ply by 5-10 ply thickness while simultaneously protecting your skin from abrasions. Alps Skin Reliever offers both superior comfort and durability. Don't hesitate to add a Tamarack Glidewear underneath your skin reliever to remove any friction.
Alps uses a proprietary compound called Easygel and is made from a combination of Styrene Triblock Copolymer & Mineral Oil.
Although it is not necessary to apply any type of lubricant to your residual limb, you may use either talcum powder or a very small amount of Alps Silicone Skin Lotion. Avoid petroleum jelly and other oil based lubricants as they will damage the gel. Talcum poser will form a scaling on the surface of the Skin Reliever. You may put your Skin Reliever on by either inverting and rolling it up or donning it like a sock. If you choose to invert it, use a powder on the outside to facilitate rolling. Remove any air pockets trapped between your residual limb and gel sheath. Storing your Skin Reliever Sheath: Always keep the foam insert in the skin Reliever when not in use. Laying flat for long periods may cause creases to develop.
Daily: Be sure to clean your Alps Skin Reliever Sheath on a daily basis with a light washcloth and neutral/pH-balanced soap, Alps Prosthetic Cleanser PD595 and Ottobock DermaClean are especially made for this purpose. Do not scrub or rub the gel during washing, this can damage the gel. Rinse well because soap residue can cause skin issues. Make sure the sleeve is completely dry before using. Wipe the sleeve dry with a clean, dry towel and apply a light dusting of talcum powder to the outside of the sleeve. Weekly: Place a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a soft, clean cloth. Do Not soak the sleeve in alcohol. Wipe the sleeve with a the cloth thoroughly, wipe dry with a towel and apply a light dusting of talcum powder to the outside of the sleeve.
Consult with your local Prosthetist if you have concerns with your prosthetic socket fit and or comfort level.