The Process of Installing False LegsBefore the prosthetic foot is attached, there are several processes that must be carried out, including:
- Ensuring the health of the area around the foot.
- Measure the stump (amputated end of the body) so that the size of the prosthetic foot fits the body size.
- Making footprints from plaster.
- Design a socket (buffer) to make it more comfortable.
- Add a pivot to the prosthetic limb.
- Embellish the prospective prosthetic to suit the aesthetics of the body.
- The skin covering the stump is pressed using a soft cloth. To reduce swelling, the section is bandaged using compression bandage. It is also intended to prevent the buildup of fluid in the stump, both on the inside and around it.
- Furthermore, patients are advised to pull and rub the skin slowly around the bone to avoid excessive scarring. This step can be done alone if you are familiar or can be helped by medical personnel.
How to Take Care of a Fake FeetActually it is not only the prosthetic foot that must be treated, but also the real leg part that uses prosthetic limbs. You must treat it every day in the following way.
- Remove prosthetic legs when you are going to sleep.
- Check your prosthetic limbs, making sure there are no damaged, loose or other parts.
- Check your stump, make sure it doesn't irritate, blister, or experience other disorders.
- Ask for help from others to help check the presence or absence of sores on the skin around the stump regularly.
- Clean the stump, then massage the skin slowly using lotion.
- To reduce swelling, wrap the stump by using a bandage when not using a prosthetic foot.
- Do exercises to support endurance, range of motion, body position, and stretching, according to the direction of the therapist.
- Choose shoes that fit. Avoid changing the heel height.
- Wear socks every time you wear fake feet.
- Clean the socket regularly using soap.