Things to know

Wearing Schedule

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.



Sock/Liner Management

How to wash your prosthetic socks:

  • Socks should be machine-washed, warm water with mild soap
  • Let air dry to avoid shrinking
  • Most manufactures recommend socks be rotated on at least a three- or four day schedule to allow the fibers to retain their original position

Managing Prosthetic Socks:

  • The reason for wearing multiple ply socks is to minimize the number of one-ply socks you have to apply. Its is easier to apply two 5 ply socks than 10 one-ply socks.
  • Prosthetic socks must be applied carefully to avoid wrinkles. Always be sure there are no wrinkles in a sock, especially in the back of your leg.
  • You should use only socks that are clean and dry. Dirty socks harbor bacteria that can cause skin rash, and wet socks can cause skin maceration (the softening and breaking down of skin resulting from prolonged exposure to moisture).
  • You may have to change your socks in the middle of the day during warm, humid weather. Socks will absorb sweat and dirt, making the socket not fit correctly.

Liners: 

  • DO NOT MACHINE WASH THEM
  • Turn your liner inside out, with the gel or silicone side exposed
  • Hand wash ONLY, with warm water and mild soap
  • Let air dry completely
  • You can also clean it with rubbing alcohol, once dry, if desired

              It is very imperative that you keep your liners and socks clean and dry to avoid bacteria