Skin and Moans
Whether you are a new amputee or have been an amp for years, skin care is always important. To try to prevent skin conditions that compromise the use of your prosthesis, make appropriate skin care an essential part of your daily hygiene regimen.
Inside your prosthesis your residual limb is confined in an airless socket, where heat accumulates and perspiration is trapped, creating a potential environment for bacterial or fungal growth. The residual limb is not designed for weight-bearing so remember, your prosthetic socket exposes your skin to potential pressures and friction.
Our skin is our first line of defense against the invasion of infection and disease. It is comprised of several layers and is constantly regenerating. It has sweat glands and hair follicles which can be sites of irritation. Whether you are involved in high levels of exercise and activity, or more casual forms of active living, the importance of skin care and stump hygiene to get you to the finish line is the same.