The decision to amputate is always difficult, however if both you and your medical team believe this is the best course of action for your mobility and life choices, please contact us and arrange an appointment, we will assist by speaking with you and if you wish your medical team.
Bring yourself, a good attitude, and a list of questions you may like to ask!
If you are already wearing a prosthesis, bring it, wear it so that we can perform a physical assessment, even if it is uncomfortable.
Bring your spouse, partner, family member or a friend, you will receive a great deal of information and it’s always good to have another set of ears!
Generally, prosthetic componentry should last between 2 or 3 years. However, if there have been significant changes to your weight, activity level or stump volume, it may require a socket replacement and/or replacement of componentry. We’re here to help and will take the time to address all of your questions.
Depending on your funding body (who pays for your prosthesis). Your everyday prosthesis is not water-proof so getting it wet should always be avoided. If a shower/water prosthesis is something you would like to consider please arrange an appointment to discuss.
It is very important that your prosthesis is comfortable and wearing the right number of socks can contribute to this. If you are feeling too much load on the end of your stump, you may need to add an extra sock. On the other hand, if the prosthesis is too tight, you may need to take a sock off. If you feel the fit of your prosthesis needs attention, please make an appointment.
This is different for every amputee. Consideration needs to address other health and/or injury concerns as these will contribute the time frame for your return to work. For some amputees, it’s a few months and for others it may need a longer period of adjustment. Feel free to discuss your goals, wishes, and wants with us and we will do everything in our power to help you achieve them.
Most prostheses can accommodate a heel height of about 1cm. It is easiest to try to stick to shoes with similar profiles. If you have a pair of shoes that your prosthesis just doesn’t feel right in, make an appointment we may be able to adjust your shoes to allow for the change in heel height.
Lightweight shoes with fastening (laces, straps, or Velcro) are the best types of shoes to avoid slipping and allowing a good level of shock absorption under the foot.
Please remember to bring the shoes with you, we can’t adjust if we don’t have them!
Wipe out your liner and sleeve at least once every day. You could use anti-bacterial or baby wipes.
It is important not to submerge your liner in water as this will limit its durability.
Once per week you should clean your liner and your stump with alcohol solution such as Isocol or a weak antibacterial solution to help keep only the healthy bugs on your skin.
If you turn the liner/sleeve inside out to clean, please ensure you return it to its original state to dry.
No, no and no! You need to remember that your residual limb (stump) is encased in a warm environment – shaving nicks or ingrown hairs can create major issues with infection.
Contact us immediately, minor issues can become major problems if not dealt with early.
If your prosthesis is ‘stuck’ it usually means that the fitting sock you have used has become caught in the lock. You will need a friend to fill a container with water and while you hold the liner in a taut position have your friend pour the water between your liner and your stump or if you have no-one to assist, hop in the shower and follow the process.
Arrange an appointment so we can clear the lock as soon as possible.
This could be for several reasons (swelling, oedema, illness) however please contact us to discuss, we’re happy to advise you.
Yes, this assists with keeping the swelling down, ever heard a plane load of people trying to put their shoes on after a long flight! If you do need to remove your prosthesis please keep your liner on, if you don’t have a liner take a stump shrinker with you.