Instructions for Wearing a Limb Protector
Apply appropriate dressings to your leg- (may not be needed if your incision is fully healed).
a. Cover your incision with a non-stick dressing.
b. Hold the dressing in place by wrapping with gauze.
1. If provided to you, apply the shrinker sock over the limb (not everyone will receive a
2. Next, put on your prosthetic socks. These socks come in different thicknesses called “ply”.
They are color coded based on the thickness. Start with a thin sock. Wear clean prosthetic
socks everyday. The sock can be cleaned. Follow the instructions listed on the packet.
3. Apply the protector over the socks.
a. If it is loose then remove and add another sock until it fits snugly.
b. You may need to replace the thin sock with a thicker one to make the protector fit
c. If you cannot get it all the way on, then remove socks until it fits properly.
d. Be sure it is on the correct way: The front of the protector should be marked with
an “F” or “FRONT.”
4. Place the thin stocking over the protector and secure the protector in place with the strap of
Velcro. The strap should be above your knee.
5. You should remove the protector every 2 hours and check the skin on your leg for pressure
areas. Pressure areas will appear as an area of red skin or sometimes a small blister. It is
especially important to perform frequent skin checks each time you change the number of
socks or get a new protector. If you develop a pressure area from the protector you should
leave it off until the redness goes away.
ξ Do not wear the protector if redness develops and does not go away for 30
ξ Do not wear the protector if any blisters appear on your leg or if your incision
begins to open up. Call your doctor or nurse.
6. When you no longer have enough socks to get a good fit, then it is time for a new protector to
be made. If you need more than 10 ply socks to make it fit, it is time for a new one.
ξ Do not continue to wear the old protector if it is too loose. This can result in
injury to your incision.
Do not wear protector at night. You may wear your shrinker sock and knee immobilizer at
night if your therapist has instructed you to do so.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 2/2017 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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