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How to Care for Your Prosthesis

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The Liner

  • Wash your prosthetic liner daily using a damp cloth with mild detergent to wipe it out.
  • Dry with a towel and leave it to dry overnight. NEVER put your liner in the washing machine or clothes dryer. This may damage or destroy it.
  • DO NOT use Dettol or other solvents to clean your socket or liner.

The Socket

  • Clean your socket weekly by wiping it with a damp cloth with mild detergent.
  • Dry completely before putting it back on.
  • You do not need to use an antiseptic.
  • DO NOT use Dettol or other solvents to clean your socket or liner.

Prosthetic Components

  • DO NOT clean any of your prosthetic components since they require specific maintenance that should only be done by your prosthetist. If you are worried about any of your components, contact us.

Stump Socks

  • Prosthetic stump socks are available in various materials and thicknesses. Use different combinations of socks to achieve the most comfortable fit as your residual limb changes shape and volume. You may need to add a second sock as the day progresses.

Cleaning the Stump Socks

  • Change and clean your socks DAILY.

Do’s and Don’ts for Prosthetic Stump Sock Cleaning:

  • DO:
    • Use an approved wool detergent to wash your stump socks by hand
    • Roll your prosthetic stump socks in a towel to blot out the extra water
    • Squeeze suds gently through the prosthetic stump
    • Rinse with clear, warm water
  • DON’T:
    • Use hot water. This will make your socks shrink.
    • Twist or wring out your wet socks
    • Dry your socks in the clothes dryer
Cotton Orthotic and Prosthetic Associates
6311 West 110th Street
Overland Park, KS 66211