24781 Five Mile Road
Redford, MI 48239
Lower Extremity Specialist
After amputation, the skin of the stump is subject to irritation and often injury and infection. Care of this skin is therefore a vital part of rehabilitation. The PDF below offers some basic rules to be used in the care of the stump. Although the illustrations show lower extremity (leg) amputees, the rules of stump hygiene are also applicable to upper extremity (arm) amputees.
In the first section, a daily routine of skin hygiene is shown. Since the socket of the artificial limb may in itself produce disorder, care of the socket and of the sock and bandages that come in contact with this skin is also illustrated.
Some of the common skin disorders of the stump are discussed briefly in the second section. Correct ways to bandaging the above-the-knee and below-the-knee stump are illustrated in the thrid section of the PDF.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If a simple routine of stump care is followed consistently, the amputee can avoid many of the disorders that might force one to stay off their prosthesis.