Hygiene and wound care
It is important to take good care of the stump, as it is enclosed in a prosthetic sleeve for many hours.
Cleanliness is important to keep the skin whole and soft, while preventing chafing and blisters on the stump.
You should wash your stump thoroughly every day, either in the morning or preferably in the evening. Ordinary soap means that natural fats disappear and wet skin can cause chafing. Therefore, wash the stump with water and use mild, unscented soap with a low or neutral pH value. Rinse off all soap and rub away moisture with a soft towel.
Feel free to use a mirror to look for hints of blisters, cracks or sores. If you notice red marks or signs of sores, you should contact an orthopedic engineer and limit the use of the prosthesis until it is under control.
Feel free to lubricate the stump with mild, unscented ointment or cream and let it dry overnight. Excessive tanning should be avoided as it can make the stump sunburned. If you have sores or blisters, a green soap bath can have a cleansing effect and speed up healing. There are also special plasters and other things that you can use. The prosthetic sleeve that you have directly against the skin should be cleaned daily using a damp cloth or disinfectant wipes. If you sweat a lot, it can be an advantage to remove the prosthesis during the day, clean and dry the part you have directly against the skin. Some people enjoy antiperspirants.
Do not leave anything on top of the sleeve at night – the prosthesis sleeve needs ventilation. Ask an orthopedic engineer or nurse for advice on proper care products.
THE ASSOCIATION OF AMPUTES, DYSMELISTS AND ORTHOSE USERS
PO Box 49 Skøyen
+47 400 04 360