Frequently Asked Questions

At South County Artificial Limb & Brace, we are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for our patients through innovative orthotic and prosthetic solutions. We understand that navigating the world of orthotics and prosthetics can bring up many questions, whether you're seeking support for the first time or looking to optimize your current devices.

This page is designed to provide clear, comprehensive answers to some of the most common questions our patients have. From understanding how our devices work to knowing what to expect during your appointments, we aim to equip you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions about your care.

If you have a question that isn't covered here, please don't hesitate to reach out to our team directly. We're here to support you every step of the way on your journey to improved mobility and independence.

Will I Walk Again?

Yes!!!  That's why we're here. Come in and talk to us. We'll discuss your specific situation and show you how we can help. Take the first step toward recovery. Most amputees look back and realize it's not as daunting as they first thought—they can return to a full and satisfying life.

How Should I Fit My Below The Knee Sock?

Below knee socks or stump socks should always be clean and dry to prevent blisters and infections. Amputees should have enough socks to ensure they can always change into a clean, dry pair.

Steps for Success:

  1. Put on stump socks slowly and carefully, one at a time, making sure to eliminate wrinkles to prevent blisters.
  2. Change your stump socks at least once daily, and always carry an extra pair when you are away from home.
  3. If you use a soft liner, slide it on over your socks before applying the socket.
  4. Check the sock fit every time you put on your prosthesis. Your limb may change due to diet, time of day, or the position of your residual limb before putting on the prosthesis.
  5. You should feel firm pressure all over.
  6. If you feel excessive pressure on the bottom or edge of your knee cap, or if the prosthesis feels loose or short, adjust the fit by adding a 1-ply sock, and continue to add as needed.
  7. If you feel excessive pressure along the shaft of your shin bone, or if the prosthesis feels too tight or too long, adjust the fit by removing a 1-ply sock at a time until it feels comfortable.

For above-knee patients, the same rules apply. If you feel excessive pressure on the bottom of your limb or in the groin area, or if the prosthesis feels loose or short, adjust the fit by adding a sock. If the prosthesis feels too tight or too long, adjust the fit by removing a sock, one ply at a time, until it is comfortable.

What Will My Artificial Limb Be Like?

A prosthesis, also known as an artificial limb, is a custom-made mechanical replacement for a lost limb. While it won't replace your limb, it will restore lost function and cosmetic appearance. Most amputees are pleased with the appearance of their finished prosthesis. Your prosthetist will tailor the prosthesis to your lifestyle and physical abilities, using materials and components that best suit your needs. They will also help you learn to use it naturally. With a pant leg covering the prosthesis, the only sign that you are wearing one is how you use it.

What Steps Can A New Amputee Anticipate?

For new amputees, the first step is wearing a shrinker sock. This sock compresses the soft tissues of the residual limb to prevent swelling (edema) and aid healing. Once the incision has healed, a plaster cast will be made over your residual limb and then promptly removed. This process provides us with an exact duplicate of your limb, which we use to build your first custom-made prosthesis. This prosthesis will serve you well for several months until your residual limb has matured or atrophied to the point where a replacement socket is necessary to ensure total contact with your body.

Your prosthetic will need regular maintenance, and we're here to provide it. Our goal is to ensure your comfort and support the highest activity level you can manage. The bond between an amputee and their prosthetist is typically close and enduring. Each patient has unique needs, including component preferences, fitting considerations, and functional requirements. With over 60 years of combined experience, we have worked with amputees from diverse backgrounds and eagerly anticipate discussing and addressing your specific needs.

How Do I Become A Patient?

We welcome new patients to our practice and are excited to have you join us. Our friendly administrative team is available to address any questions you may have. For new patients, we kindly ask for a prescription, demographics, and detailed office visit notes from your doctor. These documents can be faxed to us at (401) 789-3190. Please note that we are unable to accept prescriptions directly from patients; they must be faxed directly from your medical practice.

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