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Examining the dangers posed by a poorly fit prosthesis

If you count yourself among those in Queens that have lost a limb, then you likely know all too well the tremendous mental and physical adjustment that’s often required to effectively deal with your new limitations. In many cases, a prosthesis can help to make that transition easier. However, as we here at Futterman, Sirotkin, and Seinfeld LLP have seen with some our past clients, in some cases, a poorly fit prosthesis can compound the problems that come with a limb amputation.

Your prosthesis must fit to exact specifications in order to provide you with the range of movement and support that it was intended to. Thus, a poorly fit prosthesis is unable to perform optimally. Yet beyond the performance aspect, a prosthesis which does not correctly conform to your limb can also cause uneven pressure at different points, which contributes to the breakdown of the skin in these areas. This is often manifested by skin irritation or erythema. Because a snugly fit prosthesis does allow for air circulation between it and your limb, perspiration becomes trapped. Bacteria formed in these pockets of perspiration can enter the irritated areas caused by your poorly fitting prosthesis, leading to infection and skin ulcers.

Your prosthesis provider should be well-aware of the risk a poorly fit prosthesis presents. According to the Orthotics and Prosthesis Community Digital Library, he or she should constantly be on the lookout for signs indicating yours needs further adjustments, such as:

  •          Erythema formation after using the prosthesis
  •          The formation of calluses or bursa
  •          Erythema in uncommon areas
  •          Localized tenderness

Failure to conduct such checks could put you at risk of further damaging your limb. You can find more information on provider errors such as this by continuing to explore our site. 

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