Thanks to the sophistication of medical technology, many people are greatly helped by the existence of prosthetic limbs to help them move. If the treatment is right, the use of prosthetic feet can even keep you productive just like before amputation. So, how do you treat the right and good prosthetic legs?
How to treat the right and good prosthetic
The first use of prosthetic limbs will usually be guided step by step by your medical team. After that, you have to put on and treat your prosthetic limbs onwards.
Infection and skin irritation are the most common risks if you do not treat prosthetic limbs properly. Therefore, treating fake feet cannot be careless.
- Clean the prosthetic feet before using, especially the inside and edges that affect your skin. Also wash socks that you usually use to coat the skin before using fake feet.
- Dry all fake stiff parts thoroughly. A moist prosthetic area can be an ideal "home" for bacteria and fungi to multiply to cause infection.
- Don't use lotions or moisturizers just before using prosthetic limbs. We recommend using 10-15 minutes beforehand. Make sure the lotion has completely absorbed into the skin.
- Make sure that the prosthesis you are using is right for the size of your feet. Usually, prosthetic limbs will be made according to your body size, if the size is not right, you should immediately talk to your medical team.
- Use the right shoes. Avoid using shoes that have different rights. The size and height of the prosthesis are usually adjusted from the start, so it's best for your shoes to be adjusted to the size of the fake feet.
- Keep your weight healthy. Fake feet can feel cramped if you experience weight gain that affects your comfort in activities with prosthetic limbs.
- If you have diabetes, you should check your skin condition often, if there are cuts or abrasions. People with diabetes are usually prone to infection wounds, so it is better to prevent injuries from the beginning.
- Always remove prosthetic feet when you are resting. Don't forget to check if there are parts of the prosthesis that are dislodged or damaged periodically.
- Exercise and regular exercise. This habit will make your leg muscles stronger, making you more comfortable using prosthetic limbs.
What should be done if a problem arises when using prosthetic limbs?
Even though you have treated your prosthetic leg well, it is possible that problems can still arise when using it. Here are tips that you can overcome when experiencing these problems:
- If the skin has blisters or even pimples and ulcers arise, then don't arbitrarily break the boil. We recommend that you use a cloth or bandage that is clean to cover it until the boil is deflated on its own.
- If the skin feels itchy and spots appear, you should first stop using prosthetic feet until the symptoms disappear.
- If the skin is red and the symptoms don't go away even if you have stopped using fake feet for some time, then consult a doctor immediately.
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