The most common questions I get from patients with limb loss are, "what is this rash, and how quickly can I get rid of it!"  Below is a list of the  most common skin rashes that I have seen on residual limbs and my recommendations to treat and avoid them. 

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The holidays can be a flurry of events filled with tasty treats at every corner.  While it is important to remember the social enjoyment of food, it is necessary for those in the limb loss population to practice moderation.  Conflicting literature in the limb loss comm...

November 29, 2017

Manipulating clothing over a prosthesis is not easy and oftentimes gets in the way of fashion.  This is why adaptive clothing is a necessity in the life of an individual with limb loss.  Several online companies make adaptive clothing, or your local seamstress may be a...

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to speak to multiple survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombing at a follow up clinic one year after they sustained their injuries.  Of the individuals with limb loss that were at the clinic, one ambulated in her prosthesis much b...

A "wear schedule" refers to the amount of time that the rehabilitation team has determined that an individual with limb loss should wear a liner and/or a socket to increase the limb tolerance to the equipment.  Regardless of the routine you choose, the individual with...

 The most common question that I receive from current physical therapy students or recent graduates of physical therapy programs is, "How can I specialize in prosthetic rehabilitation."  I am very excited to hear so many students and young PTs discussing this question...

For all individuals, nutrition directly impacts overall health, but for individuals with limb loss, solid nutritional intake is imperative for several reasons.  First of all, individuals with recent amputations often have comorbidities, or multiple health concerns, to...

Calling all physical therapists that work with patients with limb loss!  It is important to understand the available functional outcomes measures for this patient population and why it is so important to choose the correct one for the patient.  Currently, insurance com...

September 27, 2017

In case you did not already know, prosthetic limbs are designed to carry specific ranges of appropriate weights.  For example, one prosthetic foot may have multiple different categories that are designed to carry particular weights of individuals.  Heavier individuals...

September 20, 2017

Individuals running with a transfemoral prosthesis, regardless of technique, will typically battle with sweat and proper socket fit through the duration of the activity.  Running with a prosthesis is difficult enough, so adding anything additional to wear is not optima...

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