4 tips for cleaning your prosthesis
A prosthetic arm or leg enables you to function like you always had, even without your missing limb. And whether you use it every day or not, it is very important that you take good care of your prosthesis, as it will last longer if cared for properly. But how should you go about cleaning your prosthesis?
In this blog, we’ll give you four general tips. It’s important to remember that there are lots of different prosthesis out there that all need to be cleaned in slightly different ways, so always consult your O&P professional about the best way to clean yours.
Tip 1: Integrate cleaning your liner into your daily hygiene routine
If you have a prosthetic leg, you probably have a liner too: a kind of sock that you wear over your residual limb and that you use to attach your socket. It is important that you clean your liner every day. It should be part of your daily hygiene routine. Always use skin-friendly, fragrance-free soap to prevent skin irritation and damage to your liner.
Tip 3: Avoid (prolonged) exposure to heat
Be sure not to expose your prosthesis, socket and liner to heat. In other words: don’t leave them next to or on the heating or in direct sunlight. To dry your liner and socket, use a clean, dry tea towel. To maximise the life span of your prosthesis, leave it in a well-ventilated area.