If you are a recent amputee, a lower limb prosthetic device is critical for helping you function successfully in your everyday life. But fully benefiting from your prosthesis will not happen overnight. By following certain guidelines, you can maximize the benefit of wearing a lower limb prosthesis for greater mobility and independence.
1. Follow the guidelines—Examine your residual limb every day for any issues and follow any guidelines we give you for wearing and using your new prosthetic device.
2. Create goals—As you get used to wearing your lower limb prosthesis, make smaller daily goals for yourself that involve physical activity. Increase your steps gradually, for example, and challenge yourself to do a little more every day.
3. Wear your prosthesis daily—The more you wear your prothesis, the faster you will get used to it. As long as the device fits comfortably, try to increase your wearing time every day.
4. Take care of issues promptly—Are you experiencing any problems with comfort, fit, or skin issues? Don’t wait to come in for an appointment – call us as soon as you start experiencing a problem with your prosthesis.
5. Keep exercising—You need to build strength in your remaining muscles so you can improve your balance and gait. We suggest working with a physical therapist to help you know which exercises to do.
6. Seek support—Getting used to life as a new amputee can be a challenge. Meeting and talking to other amputees with a lower limb prosthesis may help you feel supported and understood.
7. Stay positive—Feelings of frustration and disappointment are normal after losing a limb. Keep your future goals in mind and try to remember you can live a full, happy life using a prosthesis.