While there are sometimes other causes to the above socket fitting problems, most of the time residual limb shrinkage is the source of the problem. If you experience any of these below problems that you are unable to remedy with socks you should contact your prosthetist.
Common Fitting Problems:
Fitting problems due to limb shrinkage may include:
Troubles Applying your Prosthesis:
It will most likely take you 1-2 weeks to learn how to properly apply your prosthesis. Socket rotation (foot turned in or out) is the most common problem. Improper rotation positioning can cause the prosthesis to be uncomfortable and unstable. If you think you have the prosthesis on incorrectly, remove it and reapply.
Remember, the most common remedy to most socket-fitting problems is adding or removing socks. Prosthetic socks plays an important role in keeping your residual limb comfortably seated within the prosthesis. If your prosthesis is uncomfortable, four out of five times it is because you are not wearing the proper amount of prosthetic socks. Vary your sock ply until the prosthesis feels better. If this does not fix the problem, contact your Prosthetist.
Pressure on the bottom, front-end of your bone? (Anterior distal end of your limb):
Pressure on the bottom of your knee cap:
Pain on the bottom-back of your calf:
Pressure on the sides of the knee: