Residual Limb Care
Examination and care of your residual limb should become part of your daily routine.
- You should wash your residual limb every morning with warm water and soap. You may have to do this more often if your skin perspires in warm weather.
- Always ensure your skin is completely dry after washing. A moisturising cream should be used if your skin is very dry.
- Avoid oils and talcum powder unless they have been prescribed by a doctor as they may lead to irritation and skin damage.
- Check your residual limb every day for signs of chafing, pressure points, excess reddening, blisters and cracks in the skin or other skin disorders. A mirror may help you to check your skin, especially at the back.
- Any signs of damage to your residual limb should be notified to your prosthetist or doctor immediately.