Even individuals who have been wearing a prosthetic device for years can start to experience minor problems. Communication and regular maintenance can help prevent small problems from turning into more serious issues. Check out these tips for improving your outcome as a prosthetic user:
- Visit your primary care physician at least every six months. Discuss the condition of both your residual limb and your prosthetic device. If you need new liners, socks or have a fitting problem that is causing discomfort, your primary care physician can write a prescription for you.
- Get informed about the terms of your medical coverage. Whether you are insured by Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Administration or other private insurance, you should understand what your deductibles and co-pays are. If you have a primary insurer, you may also be able to buy a secondary coverage policy to cover more of your prosthetic expenses when you need them.
- Know what your K-level is. K-levels are used to define an amputee’s mobility level and are typically used by medical insurance companies. K-levels are determined by your primary care physical and prosthetist so you should discuss it with them. This can help you understand how it affects the components used when fabricating your prosthetic device.
- See your prosthetist at least every three months. Even if you think there is nothing wrong, you should visit your prosthetist regularly to have your residual limb and prosthetic device checked. If you notice that something is wrong or uncomfortable between scheduled visits, you can schedule additional appointments.
- Practice good hygiene. Proper hygiene is especially important for lower-limb amputees. Be sure to clean the inside of your liners daily and take care of cracks, blisters and ulcers that can lead to infection.
Creative Technology wants to do everything we can to help you thrive with your prosthetic device. Please contact us with all of your questions or to schedule an appointment. Watch for our next blog post with more tips to help you improve your life as a prosthetic user!