FAQs

Prosthetics

When do I need to wear socks?

You wear socks when your residual limb becomes loose or uncomfortable. Here are some signs that indicate that you should wear socks:

How do I care for my liner? How do I keep them from smelling?

Gel liner needs to be cleaned after every use. Lukewarm water and soap is recommended, but if you’re not a fan of strong soaps you can find cleaners specifically for makeup brushes. Remember to allow the liner to air dry; putting it in the dryer will damage it. It’s also recommended that once a week you wipe down the inside of the liner with rubbing alcohol. By sticking to a daily cleaning routine, you will quickly cut down on odour because your liner won’t be sitting in a pool of smelly liquid.

Can I wear my prostheses in the shower?

Most prostheses should not be worn in the shower. Water will rust the metal parts and screws, but there are special ones that can withstand a bit of water.

How long will this prosthesis last? How long will my liners last?

A prosthetic can last for several years. The length of time depends on the amount of time it’s worn and what activities it’s used for. Prosthetics are designed to be very strong and durable, but it’s still good to get them checked every year or so. Liners will usually start to wear out in about six months, but they can last up to a year or more depending on usage. Like a prosthetic, the lifespan of a liner also depends on how often it’s being used.

Can I wear my leg to bed?

It is not recommended that you wear your prosthesis to bed. Wearing the prosthesis for an excessive amount of time may cause harm to your residual limb.

What do I do if I get stuck in my leg?

Remain calm and contact the office or your Prosthetist immediately.

What do I do if I get a sore on my residual limb?

Discontinue wearing your prosthetic immediately or wear it as little as you can. Contact the office or your Prosthetist as soon as possible.

How long will it take to get my Prosthesis?

The manufacturing and fitting of your prosthesis will take a few weeks. We understand that you’re anxious to get back to the day-to-day, so we do our best to deliver your prosthesis in a timely fashion.

What will my Prosthesis look like?

Every prosthesis is custom-fitted to every individual. The prosthesis, which includes a knee and/or foot, is connected to the lower part of the socket. There is an option to cover the prosthesis with a cosmetic cover after the fitting process is completed. A cosmetic cover will cover the metal parts, which are the knee and/or foot, and make it look like a regular leg.

When can I be fit with a prosthesis?

The fitting process can begin after the surgical wounds are healed and there is an appropriate amount of patient healing. It’s also recommended that there be some reduction in the swelling before the first socket is cast.

Will I be able to do the things I did before I got the amputation?

Have you ever noticed that most people with an amputation can still do the same activities they did before? During your first evaluation, your prosthetist will ask you what personal goals you want to achieve so they can make a prosthetic device to help you get there.

How do I learn to use my prosthesis?

Once you’ve been fitted with a prosthetic, we provide training in our world-class gait lab. We’ll work together on how to use the device and the proper way to walk.

What happens after I am fit with my final prosthesis?

Your prosthetist will continue to follow up with you every 3-6 months to make sure everything is going smoothly and that you are happy with your prosthesis. If you have any concerns, call us at 7382024049

How much will my lower limb prosthesis weigh?

The weight of your prosthetic leg will depend on the type of prosthesis it is and its components. A below-knee prosthesis will typically weigh around 4 or 5 pounds, but it may weigh more if it has a foot included. An above-knee prosthesis will usually weigh around 8 to 10 pounds, but it will also vary depending on what components are present — for instance, if the socket below the knee is made from metal or plastic. One thing that many above-knee users may not realize is that your prosthetic leg can actually weigh less than what your anatomical leg did.

Orthotics

How do I clean my brace?

Previously, prefabricated braces came with a tag attached to the brace that had cleaning instructions printed on it. As of this writing, all prefabricated braces will come with a tag that has cleaning instructions printed on it. For custom-fabricated braces, our clinician will instruct you on the brace’s care.

How long am I supposed to wear my device?

Your doctor will provide guidelines to follow. They will tell you when and how long you should wear your brace, as well as what activities you should or shouldn’t do while wearing it. Your doctor will also tell you when to discontinue wearing your brace.

Why did my doctor order this device in the first place?

Doctors prescribe devices to help you heal: to protect, immobilize, support, increase comfort and/or promote healing so you have the best chance of a successful recovery.

Foot Care

How long will my foot orthotics last?

There are a ton of variables that come into play with a device’s lifespan. A patient’s weight, activity, and the type of foot orthotic affect this. Generally, the sturdier the device, the longer it’ll last. For example, a plastic device may last 2-3 years, but the material at the top will wear out. A soft device, like one designed for a diabetic patient, may only last 1-2 years depending on usage.
Who is this paragraph intended for? Probably not people who have a background in medicine. The audience is going to be for people who are considering an orthotic for themselves or someone else and want to know how long they would actually last.

What will my foot orthotics do for me?

Depending on your diagnosis, your physician might prescribe any number of different foot orthotics. This can include a supportive orthotic, such as a functional or accommodative orthotic.

What is different about your shoes than what I can buy at the store?

Our shoes meet the stringent standards for Medicare’s Diabetic Shoe Bill (in United States of America). They come in varying widths and depths and are custom-fit to each patient based on their individual foot type. For more information on Pedorthic Footwear, you can visit the Pedorthic Footwear Association website.

Do I have to follow the Break In Schedule for my new foot orthotics?

Yes, when you first start using your braces or orthotics, your body will need time to get used to them. You’re breaking in your feet to the orthotics, not the other way around. Initial overexposure may worsen your current symptoms, or cause new ones.

Why don’t you have a larger selection of shoes?

There are a lot of different shoe types out there for different foot types, and we carry the shoes that are best for your needs now. We’ve noted that some shoes don’t provide the function required for foot orthotics treatment, and we don’t carry those.
We have high standards when selecting the shoes we carry, so shoes that fit the quality and function criteria are our top priority. Unfortunately, “style” can never be our primary concern.

How do I clean my foot orthotics?

Foot orthotics should be wiped off regularly with a damp cloth that has a mixture of mild detergent and water. This is best done using soap, rather than detergent. (Detergents, including vinegars and antiseptics, can break down the material.) Don’t submerge these devices in the sink or dishwasher, or put them in a washing machine. They should be dried in a well-ventilated area, not in direct sunlight.

Pediatric

How will I know when my child out grows their brace?

Braces are designed to stretch as your child’s foot grows. When the toes on one side of the brace reach the joint between the brace and the shoe, it’s time for a new one. Check for redness in the foot and indentations from the side and top of the brace if this occurs.

Will my child have to wear these the rest of his life?

With so many different types of diagnosis, the person to answer this question would be your child’s physician. They would know what information is needed in order to give you a thorough answer.

When my child is breaking in their braces, does it count if he is is sitting and not active at that time?

For the initial break-in period, it’s not a factor. But once your child becomes active, check every hour to make sure blisters don’t develop.