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4 Ways to Care for You Prosthesis in the Cold

Posted in: Lower-limb prosthesis, Prosthesis, Prosthetic

Posted on: by Level Four

4 Ways to Care for You Prosthesis in the Cold

We’ve certainly had some cold days this winter! If you’ve ventured out in icy temperatures while wearing your prosthesis, you may have noticed a change in prosthesis fit, or even experienced a slip on some ice.

To avoid winter weather misadventures, we’re offering the following tips:

  1. Bundle up!

If you’re headed out into the cold, it’s important to keep your prosthesis as bundled up warmly as the rest of your limbs. Although there’s no risk of frostbite to the metal and plastic exterior, cold temperatures cause molecules to contract, meaning your prosthesis might shrink just a little bit!

 

  1. Invest in good shoes

 

If you’re a lower-limb amputee, you need to practice extra caution when it comes to wearing the right footwear in the snow and ice. Make sure your boots have good enough traction that you don’t set yourself up to have a fall. Cleats and rubber soles can go far in helping you stay upright. You also want to make sure your footwear is insulated enough that your prosthesis doesn’t become easily wet or cold.

 

 

  1. Take it easy when moving.

 

If you are still learning to walk on your lower-limb prosthesis, make sure you take it slow and steady when moving through the snow. Canes or crutches can make an enormous difference when it comes to slick surfaces, so don’t shy away from using additional support during peak winter months.

 

  1. See your prosthetist for special modifications.


Prosthetic technology is ever-evolving, and that includes new advances that can make your life safer and more comfortable during the winter. Things such as microprocessor knees that lock out at different angles and heat-regulating prostheses can all help ensure you stay mobile no matter what the weather is like.

With the right equipment and practice, it is possible for amputees of all levels to return to an active lifestyle. If it’s time for you to see a prosthetist for a tune-up, make an appointment with us today!