Maintaining Your Prosthetic Devices for Longevity – What to Know

Two of the most important parts in prosthetic device setups are the liners and sleeves; you may not notice it, but they’re responsible for the softness and comfort that you experience during use. Prosthetic sleeves and liners are vital components in the suspension between layers and the ease of use of any prosthetic device or limb, which means they need to be given much care and maintenance once you start using them.

When prosthetic sleeves and liners aren’t maintained properly, they’re prone to becoming brittle and even cracking, which can result in you having to spend more to use your prosthetic limb without any discomfort. Aside from the brittleness and cracking, unmaintained prosthetic devices will begin to give off a funky smell that won’t go unnoticed, eventually falling apart much more quickly.

Given the delicate nature of the materials used, it’s essential to maintain your prosthetic devices regularly so that their usefulness can be prolonged, setting replacement day back a few more years (or decades, even).

How to maintain a prosthetic device properly

Prosthetics might seem like a pain to maintain, but it’s much easier than people think! Here are some essential tips that you can use to help keep your prosthetic device nice and clean while helping it last even longer:

Clean your prosthetic device regularly

Using a trusted high-quality cleanser to give your prosthetic device a thorough clean is important in ensuring that it will last longer in its usefulness. Leaving sweat and grime in your prosthetic device can result in aggravated skin irritation and result in even more problems than you can handle. Those irritations can range from sores, allergies, red skin, and even strange smells. If you don’t have a pH-balanced or special prosthetic cleaner, gentle compounds like baby shampoo will do the trick to help keep your device in tip-top shape.

After applying a gentle solution on your cleaner, use your hands and rub and wash it on the gel and fabric of the prosthetic liner until it forms foams. If you want a deeper clean, use a soft brush (like a toothbrush) to help get in tight spots such as your prosthetic liners and sleeves. Once you’re satisfied with the result, wash the foam off with warm water until all the soap comes off. 

Pass on the animal-based skin care products

Using skin care products that contain any animal oil, animal fat, or hydrocarbon oil will cause your gel liners and prosthetic sleeves to break down quickly due to their chemical content. It would be best for you to settle for other alternatives that don’t contain any similar materials. Examine the product ingredients that you use on your skin by checking the list in the label to ensure that those items are free of animal products.

Use prosthetic wipes

If you don’t have time to clean your prosthetic sleeves and liners thoroughly, specially-formulated prosthetic wipes are perfect for maintaining your prosthetic sleeves, liners, and the device itself. This is perfect for when you’re travelling or on the go! Using prosthetic wipes that are pH-balanced and alcohol-free will help with the maintenance of your device and skin. It will also reduce the occurrences of unwanted odours during use!

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