December 19, 2017
Winter is here and cold temperatures, snow, and ice can make going out and about a challenge for amputees. Proper care is the key to keeping your prosthetic leg functioning at its best through winter’s worst.
With winter comes cold, slippery conditions, and the last thing you want is to take your prosthesis for granted. When you are out and about with your prosthetic leg in Arkansas, follow these tips to stay safe, cozy, and comfortable.
Invest in Good Traction
Just as winter tires can keep a car from skidding, high-traction footwear can help your prosthetic leg get you around safely. Choose rubber-soled sneakers, snow shoes, winter boots, or cleats to keep you on your feet. You will want to choose a size that fits your prosthetic leg comfortably while providing additional room for socks and foot warmers. Avoid heels, sandals, and dress shoes, especially on snow and ice.
Therapists recommend adding gel liners to prosthetics for amputees in Arkansas and other states with harsh winters. The liners help seal in warmth while simultaneously improving comfort and mobility.
Protect Against the Cold
Cold temperatures, moisture, and wind add up to a painful experience if you do not take precautions. Be sure to always wear your prosthesis when heading out in chilly conditions. Neglecting to do so could result in pain, soreness, and irritation. No matter the circumstances of your amputation or your body weight, it is imperative to keep your prosthesis and the rest of your body warm and insulated. Wool or fleece clothing, multiple layers, waterproof winter coats, and proper-fitting footwear will help you overcome the challenges winter presents.
Move with Caution
Slow and steady is the key to safely navigating snow, ice, and other wintry hazards. Follow footsteps whenever possible, and do not try to force your way through snow mounds. Canes, walkers, and crutches can make an enormous difference in helping you safely navigate slippery, sloshy surfaces. Specialized cane tips and grips can not only minimize your risk of slipping, but also help prevent joint and nerve pain.
Ask About Specialized Prosthetic Technology
Advances in assistive device technology continue to bring amputees more safety and comfort during the winter. Some options that may be available to you include automated heat-regulating prosthetics, a bendable bionic ankle, and more. Ask your therapist for recommendations based on your needs. The more you know about proper prosthetic care and plan for wintry conditions, the better you will fare in the cold season.
As prosthetic technology continues to help amputees weather the winter, Horton Orthotics & Prosthetics in Arkansas will be at the forefront, providing advanced assistive devices personalized to fit your needs. Contact us today by calling 501-683-8889 to learn more about our winter prosthetics solutions.
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