Caring for your Prosthetic 

Report any issues to your prosthetist. If you encounter a problem that you don’t know how to fix or are unsure of what to do, contact your prosthetist. Making an adjustment without knowing what you are doing can cause your prosthesis to break, wear out faster or may even cause you personal injury. It is recommended that you check with your prosthetist before making any adjustments on your own.

Listen for unusual noises coming from your prosthesis. If your prosthesis isn’t functioning correctly, you may notice that it makes an unusual noise.

  • Any unusual clicking, grinding or popping noises should be investigated.

  • New clicks, scraping sounds or squeaks might indicate a problem with your prosthesis.

Keep an eye out for any cracks or breaks that appear on your prosthesis. Over time, your prosthesis will suffer from daily wear and tear.

  • Even a small crack should be addressed with your prosthetist.
  • Always check your prosthesis for cracks or tears before wearing it for the day.
  • If you plan on traveling, make sure your prosthesis is in a suitable condition before leaving.

Cleaning your Prosthesis

Clean the gel liner. You should clean your gel liner once every day to prevent health issues and make your liner last longer.  Cleaning the liner is a simple process and can be done by following these steps:

  • Remove the liner from the prosthesis.
  • Spot clean the outside of the liner if needed.
  • Turn the liner inside out.

  • Wash the gel section of the liner with anti-bacterial soap and warm water.
  • Fully rinse the soap off of the liner and dry it with a clean cloth.

  • Turn the liner right side out and store it for future use.

Clean your prosthesis socks or sheaths daily. Wearing a prosthesis sock or sheath for more than a day can cause the sock to quickly wear out and may pose a health risk.

Keep the socket of the prosthesis clean. Although your skin won’t come into direct contact with the prosthesis socket, you’ll still need to keep it clean.

  • Clean the inside socket at least once a week with soap and water.
  • Lightly spray the socket with an alcohol-based cleaner.

  • Wipe the socket dry.
  • Make sure to keep any locking or pin mechanisms clean and free of obstructions.

Limb Care

Wash your limb daily. Because your limb will be kept inside your prosthesis during the day, your skin is at risk for becoming irritated or infected due to moisture. A small rash or irritation could turn into an ulcer or cut, preventing you from using your prosthesis until it heals. Bathe at night rather than in the morning in order to make it easier to put your prosthesis on in the morning.

  • Check your limb daily for blisters, sores or other signs of irritation. You may need to use a mirror or get someone to help you to do a thorough check.
  • Before bed, clean the limb with mild soap and water, pat dry, and put a small amount of lotion on the limb and massage it gently into the skin.