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maintenance steps artifical limbThere is a lot to see and do in the Asheville area. You have miles upon miles of mountain peaks and river valleys to explore. You have premium shopping and world-class restaurants to enjoy. You have charming mountain towns to experience and art galleries to visit. 

When you are on the go, it is easy to forget tasks such as maintenance. 

There are many things in your life that require maintenance. Your house, vehicle, and bicycle all require routine maintenance. If you have an artificial limb, believe it or not, it requires routine maintenance as well. Here is what you need to know about keeping your prosthetic device in great shape.

Key Maintenance Steps for Your Artificial Limb

Here are four steps to help make sure your artificial limb is well-maintained:

1) Maintaining the Mechanisms That Help Improve Your Mobility

Your artificial limb will show symptoms of wear and tear, just like any other mechanical item. The following are a few of the maintenance considerations to which you should pay special attention: 

It's critical to discuss any maintenance concerns with your rehabilitation team and artificial limb developer. 

2) Keep Your Artificial Limb Clean 

It's only natural that you'd want to spend as much time outside as possible in such a gorgeous place as ours. Your prosthetic device, like anything else, will gather dirt, debris, dust, rain, and sweat. 

Clean the liner and socket on a regular basis and the socks or sheaths on a daily basis. It is vital, therefore, to avoid allowing water to linger on your artificial limb. 

3) Make Sure You Keep the Residual Limb Clean

Dirt, dust, and sweat that gather on your prosthesis might affect your residual limb as well. An unpleasant rash could develop if the residual limb is not adequately cared for. Any rash could become infected and create further complications. 

4) Pay Attention to Fit Changes 

It is common for your residual limb to enlarge in warmer weather, which may cause the prosthetic device to feel tighter. Even so, the difference in fit should be minimal. If you are experiencing significant changes or even discomfort, you should not disregard them. It's time to meet with your physical therapist and orthopedic expert. 

Orthopedic Appliance Company - Artificial Limb Maintenance Asheville, CN

Artificial limb maintenance is something we take very seriously at Orthopedic Appliance Company. After receiving their permanent prosthesis, new amputees frequently return to our clinic for modifications and to ask concerns as they gain endurance and acclimate to life with an artificial limb. After a few months, return visits are normally only required once every 3-4 months. 

Patients' concerns, as well as periodic maintenance, cleaning, and component replacement, are addressed during follow-up appointments. Follow-up is, in fact, a lifelong task. We will do all possible to ensure that you receive the greatest artificial limb possible.

If you need artificial limb maintenance or a new prosthetic device, we are here to help. Orthopedic Appliance Company has over sixty years of experience in the Asheville area. Contact us for more information about artificial limb maintenance in Buncombe County and surrounding areas.