Self Care Tips
Limits to Prosthetic
- Do not use your assistive device when operating heavy machinery, tools or vehicles.
- Do not expose to temperatures over 49 degrees Celsius. A assistive device left in a car on a hot day may melt. Do not use assistive device to lift hot items such as a pot of boiling water, or when removing food from a microwave oven.
- Monitor your assistive device regularly for wear and tear. Contact Humanos3D for assistance replacing worn or broken parts.
- Clean your assistive device on the surface with warm water and a mild detergent.
Pressure sores can develop with assistive device wear, where your skin is irritated by constant contact with the assistive device. Any redness on your skin lasting longer than 20 minutes indicates a problem Keep in mind that heat and excessive sweat can increase risk of pressure sores. Inspect your skin daily and look for signs of skin breakdown, excessive and persistent redness and blisters. If any of these signs occur, contact Humanos3D to re-evaluate fit.
How to Wear your Prosthetic
- Wear for 15-30 minutes on the first day. Check skin every 15 minutes
- Gradually add 30 minute sessions as tolerated, up to 3 times a day
- The assistive device can normally be tolerated for an entire day after 1 week of use
Children using Prosthetic
- Supervise children at all times when they are learning to use the assistive device
- Wear assistive device for smaller periods of time initially: 5-15minutes
- The assistive device is not designed for weight bearing so rough or outdoor play with the assistive device should be closely monitored
- Help your child check their skin, and ask regularly about pain or overuse.
Pain and Swelling
If pain increases or changes with use of assistive device and does not decrease as you become accustomed to it, stop using it and contact Humanos3D or your doctor.
It is common for your residual limb to become swollen with use of a assistive device. If this happens, please speak with your doctor about advice on how to manage it.