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Prosthesis is an artificial limb or artificial body part which replaces a natural limb or body part lost through illness, accident or due to a birth defect. A prosthesis – whether prosthetic leg or arm - is designed to be as close as possible to the natural body part it is replacing in terms of appearance and function. It may be for cosmetic purpose or highly functional.Health Products For You offers several prosthetic products like prosthetic socks, stump shrinkers and prosthetic lubricants to make donning of prosthetic liner or sheath easy. There are prosthetic skin lotions to provide relief from redness, itchiness and cracking of skin. Prosthetic anti-perspirant sprays keep the wearer feeling fresh and clean while cleansing agents are efficient and quick in removing dirt and perspiration from prosthetic liners and sleeves.

What are Prosthetic Limbs?

A prosthetic limb could be a prosthetic arm or prosthetic leg. A prosthetic leg is a highly functional artificial leg because it has to bear the weight of the entire body. These prosthetic products are generally lightweight but made from a strong and durable material such as carbon fiber and covered with foam padding or plastic which is flesh colored.

How Does a Prosthetic Help?

A prosthetic helps a person carry on day-to-day activities without difficulty. Usually, all the basic tasks involved with walking and eating are easily taken care of. However, there have been instances of a prosthesis user performing amazing feats – such as running marathons, climbing mountains and taking part in sporting events despite a prosthetic leg.

Prosthetic Socks and Liners

Prosthetic products range includes prosthetic socks and liners which are designed to provide maximum comfort to the prosthesis user. This comfort comes from the material that provides good pressure distribution and manages friction without affecting the wearer, especially in the skin-socket interface. The material is important to ensure the prosthetic product absorbs perspiration and maintains breathability.

Prosthetic socks are available in wool, cotton and synthetics. Thickness, which is measured by ply unit, is usually between 1 ply to 6 ply.

  • Prosthetic socks made from wool provide excellent cushioning and comfort because of the material which is highly conformable and resilient. Wool offers rapid moisture-wicking properties and a smooth, wrinkle-free fit.

  • Cotton prosthetic socks are not as absorbent or cushioning as wool prosthetic socks but their advantage lie in being non-allergenic, durable and easily adjustable to any skin type.

  • Synthetic material is also used for prosthetic socks, but they are used either alone or in combination with other materials. A popular blend is Lycra and polypropylene with wool. This combination offers prosthetic socks that are soft, strong and shrink-resistant thus maintaining their original shape over time with minimal stretch. They are more economical than all-wool socks.

  • Prosthetic socks made with CoolMax fibers have moisture-wicking action which keeps the skin dry, cool and comfortable.They are available with hole and without hole. Socks with plastic reinforced hole prevent fraying of the seam around the distal hole. They control the shape and thickness without requiring adjustment of the yarn, volume or tension.

  • Also available are prosthetic stump shrinkers for amputees that provide protection from skin irritation, recurring sores and pain. They are antimicrobial, antistatic and leave you odor free. Stump shrinkers maintain the shape of the stump with their well-balanced elasticity and correct compression level.

Types of Prosthetic Liners

Prosthetic liners are worn over the residual limb and act as a protective cover to prevent friction between the skin and the socket of the artificial limb. Using this prosthetic product ensures proper fitting of the prosthesis and prevention of chafing. Prosthetic liners are available in three types – silicone, polyurethane and copolymer.

  • Silicone prosthetic liners are suitable for those with a low-to-moderate activity level. These prosthetic products are soft, durable and easy to clean.

  • Polyurethane liners allow even distribution of pressure in the socket and are apt for low-to-high activity levels. They offer precise and comfortable fit for all residual limb types, in particular sensitive, bony or scarred.

  • Copolymer liners are usually suitable for persons with low activity level. They are soft, highly elastic and protect dry skin.

  • Prosthetic liners are available in variable thickness to protect fragile or sensitive skin. They also include tear-and-puncture-resistant formulas for durability.