Summer is a great time to get outdoors and explore, but it also means more sweating. Excessive sweat and heat can take a toll on prosthetic limbs and the skin near them. It's not only uncomfortable, but it can cause the skin to break down.
Luckily, we have a few things that can help you through until it cools down in the fall.
- Whenever you feel a buildup of sweat or discomfort, take off your prosthetic limb and dry your skin and liner with a clean, dry cloth.
- Use an antiperspirant, such as Alps Prosthetic Anti-Perspirant, on your residual limb before you put on your prosthetic limb to reduce sweat.
- Ask your physician if an antiperspirant cream, like Drysol, is right for you to reduce excessive sweating.
- Your residual limb can shrink as you sweat, so keep prosthetic socks with you. Keeping your prosthetic limb snug will prevent skin breakdown.
Don't let sweat and discomfort keep you from having a great time this summer! Click the button below if you'd like to schedule an appointment to find out what's right for you.
At New Hope Prosthetics and Orthotics you will not only have the best personal care in the industry but you will have access to the most advanced technology currently available. If you have questions about prosthetic limbs, orthotic services, diabetic socks, or any of our other services, visit our website. We’re conveniently located in 7 cities across Arkansas and Mississippi.