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Is Your Prosthesis Telling You It’s Time For A Replacement?


20160505_084332_resized_1Achieving and maintaining the best possible fit with your prosthesis requires attention and ongoing assessments of how it’s feeling and performing. How your prosthesis works for you is expected to change with time and usage, so knowing what to watch for when it’s time for a replacement will help you maintain your healthiest lifestyle. If you’ve recently noticed a change in how your prosthesis feels or fits, or if you’ve begun to struggle with certain activities, it may be time to consider replacement.

If you’ve begun to experience poor balance or have been feeling unstable when you stand or walk, your prosthesis should be examined. Mobility issues are typically some of the first indications of fit or alignment problems, but they are often overlooked until more serious issues like pain or skin irritations arise. If you suddenly feel like your prosthesis just isn’t moving correctly or maybe it feels unbalanced, you may simply need an adjustment or it may be time for a replacement.

Skin irritation is, unfortunately, a common ailment amputees struggle with. Skin irritations like itching, burning, and chafing can often be resolved with an adjustment to the socket fit and spacer socks to accommodate for slight changes in your leg’s volume. But if you find that the itching, burning, or chafing persists despite these adjustments, it’s time to visit your prosthetist to pinpoint the source of the irritation before it becomes a more serious medical concern.

Pain is another red flag for that your prosthesis needs to be evaluated, and possibly replaced. Pain in your back or in the residual limb are signs that your prosthesis is not serving you as well as it needs to. There may be a simple alignment problem or a more serious issue. In either case, it’s time to have your prosthetist pinpoint and correct the source of your pain before serious complications arise.

If you’ve been feeling more tired or physically taxed than usual, it can be another sign that it’s time to evaluate your prosthesis. This symptom is the most easily overlooked, but is one of the most common for amputees whose prosthesis need to be replaced. Pay attention if you find you tire much faster than normal, or if you don’t have the energy for activities you regularly enjoy.

In other cases, you may find that your prosthesis still fits well, but it just isn’t designed to do something you’d like to do, like running or golfing. There are different prosthetic devices designed for more strenuous activities, so if you’re planning to start a new hobby it’s important to talk with your prosthetist. If your prosthesis isn’t designed for the activity you have in mind, you could damage your prosthesis and possibly injure yourself.

Likewise, you may risk injuring your residual limb if you continue to wear a prosthesis on which something is clearly broken. Don’t try to stick it out or just repair it yourself—consult with your prosthetist as soon as the problem is apparent.

If you suspect it may be time for a prosthetic replacement, call Premier Surgical Prosthetic Center in Knoxville a call today at (865) 474-7096 or schedule a free consultation online. Our expert staff create can create a prosthesis for your unique lifestyle with our specialized design technology and comprehensive fitting process.

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