Although a new prosthesis may be comfortable when you first get it, this may not be the case after you begin wearing it for an extended period of time. We strongly encourage you to gradually increase your wearing time with your prosthesis.
Recommended Wearing Schedule:
Day 1-3: Wear 3 times a day for 30 minutes each session, sitting with intermittent standing
Day 4-6: Wear 3 times a day for 60 minutes, sitting with intermittent standing
Day 7-9: Wear 4 times a day for 2 hours, sitting with intermittent standing
Following the wearing schedule above (especially if your amputation is related to vascular problems or your strength and endurance are in need of improvement) will gradually guide you to successful, full-time use. If wearing time is excessive there is a good chance that you will develop skin breakdown with the potential for infection. Skin problems will prevent you from wearing the prosthesis. Ask your Prosthetist or therapist; you may be able to skip this wearing schedule and move a little quicker.
For individuals with vascular related amputations, check your skin after every use. If red marks are present (especially on bony areas) and persist longer than 30 minutes, alter your sock ply and try it again. If redness persist, contact your Prosthetist. You may increase wearing time based on your comfort level and tolerance of the prosthesis. Eventually, you should be able to tolerate wearing the prosthesis all day, if you choose.
How to wash your prosthetic socks:
Managing Prosthetic Socks:
It is very imperative that you keep your liners and socks clean and dry to avoid bacteria