CARE OF RESIDUAL LIMB
amputation, the residual limb is highly sensitive and often subject
to irritation and injury.
It is, therefore, extremely important that you follow these
procedures to take care of your residual limb.
RESIDUAL LIMB DAILY.
This should be done in the evening, as the residual limb should
always be dry when putting on your prosthesis.
Although you may not be wearing a prosthesis yet, this is a
good habit to start early.
USE A MILD
SOAP WHEN WASHING YOUR RESIDUAL LIMB.
After washing your residual limb with a mild soap, rinse it
with warm water and pat it dry with a towel.
times a day, gently massage your residual limb.
We advise that rubbing alcohol be used one to two times a day
when massaging (unless open areas are present or you are advised
against this by your physician).
Massaging your residual limb usually decreases discomfort and
increases circulation. Rubbing alcohol aids in toughening the skin and preparing your
residual limb for future total contact fit inside of the prosthesis.
LOTION OR HAND CREAM ON THE RESIDUAL LIMB!
Lotion will soften the skin, but the goal is to have
toughened skin which will not break down inside of you prosthesis
A STUMP SHRINKER OR ACE WRAP ON THE RESIDUAL LIMB.
Whether you should be wearing a stump shrinker or ace wrap is
a decision that your physician will make based on the overall
condition of the residual limb.
Both items, if used correctly, will aid in shaping your
residual limb and control or reduce swelling.
Even after you have been cast and fit with a new prosthesis,
it is very important to continue wrapping or wearing the stump
shrinker, as swelling can still occur.
The shrinker can be taken off several times a day for
massaging and other desensitizing activities.
basic procedures are designed to increase the overall health of your
residual limb and to decrease residual limb discomfort when you
first begin wearing a
prosthesis. If you have
any questions regarding these procedures, please contact your
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