Among the valuable and much-needed services that are provided by our physiatrist is our Rockville Centre amputee care. Over 2 million people in the United States are missing at least one limb. And if you’re one of them, we are here to help you achieve and maintain the highest level of health and well-being possible. Prosthetic limbs, of course, offer tremendous benefits and permit you to live your life more consistently in the manner that you want to. However, there are potential complications that come about as a result, and that is the basis of the work we do in this area, handling issues that arise, and putting in the effort required to prevent problems from happening in the first place.
Your prosthetic limb is a necessity for you, but it has to be cared for in a specific manner. The sockets in them can trap sweat and keep air from circulating around your residual limb. As a result, bacteria can congregate in this environment that is welcoming to them. An infection from this bacteria, or even from fungus, which can also accumulate, may cause symptoms that are frustrating, uncomfortable, and even dangerous to your health. Among them are skin irritation, skin abrasions, and breakdown of the skin itself. If ignored, the infection can spread and possibly lead to skin ulcerations. These are not only unhealthy developments, but significantly, they can keep you from being able to use your prosthetic limb in the meantime. Our Rockville Centre amputee care will offer you advice and guidance on how to care for your prosthesis at home, but you will also need to come in for periodic care to make sure that everything is as it should be, and to correct it if not.
Some of the things you should do are to thoroughly clean the skin, limb area, and prosthesis daily. Use mild soap and water, which will do the job just fine. Check to be certain that your prosthetic limb is fitting properly, and that your socks are, too. Check yourself for red pressure patches or signs of skin breakdown. And if you run into a problem, you should always avail yourself of our Rockville Centre amputee care.