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How to Care for Your Prosthesis (8014)

How to Care for Your Prosthesis (8014) - Clinical Hub, Patient Education, Health and Nutrition Facts For You, Orthopedics


How to Care for Your Prosthesis
This handout explains how to care for your prosthesis. Please know that not everyone will have
all of these accessories.
Gel liner
ξ Wash daily. Use gentle soap and
water (Ivory dish soap, or another
hypoallergenic cleanser – no dyes,
fragrance). Rinse well with clean
water. Do not use Dial soap.
ξ Store the liner on an upright stand or
lay on a clean, flat surface with the
gel side facing inward. If you have
two gel liners, change them daily.
ξ Wipe down the gel liner surface once
a week with rubbing alcohol to help
keep them free of germs (*do not use
alcohol more than once a week).
ξ Replace gel liners every 6-12
months. This depends on the amount
of wear and if the gel surface begins
to fall apart.

Pelite or foam socket insert
Every few weeks, or as needed, wipe the
foam insert with rubbing alcohol. Do not
dunk or soak in soapy water or cleanser of
any kind.

Prosthetic socks/sheaths
Please read the directions that come with the
socks/sheaths. Most cotton-based socks can
be machine-washed on gentle cycle with
gentle detergent. Hand wash and air dry
nylon sheaths. Socks keep their size and
shape best if air dried; follow the directions
that come with the socks/sheaths about dryer

Prosthetic foot
Avoid contact with water and/or sand which
can damage the prosthetic foot. If the foot
gets wet:
1. Turn the prosthesis over so water can
2. Remove the foot shell so that water
is not in there for a long time
3. If sand or gravel gets in the foot
shell, the foot shell needs to be taken
off to be cleaned.
4. See your prosthetist as soon as
possible to have the foot module
cleaned. This helps make sure it
works correctly.
Change the Spectra sock (fiberglass sock
covering the carbon foot module within foot
shell) about every 6 months. If you hear
squeaking coming from the foot during use
this may mean there is a tear in the spectra
sock. This can lead to the foot shell and foot
not working earlier than expected.

Prosthetic cover/skin
Do not get wet or store near moisture. If the
cover gets wet, use a towel to dry off. Do
not dunk or soak any prosthesis with a
foam cover in water. The outer skin can be
wiped down with gentle soap and water, or
sometimes with rubbing alcohol. Do not use
acetone to clean skin cover. Many flexible
outer skins absorb ink; avoid contact with
ink print on inside of shoes/sandals, or
storing prosthesis in contact with ink print of
any kind
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 © 10/2017 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
and Clinics Authority. All rights reserved. Produced by the Department of Nursing. HF#8014