FAQ

Lifestyle

Can I play sports in my prosthesis or orthosis?
Yes, we want you to enjoy the lifestyle you want! If there are any limitations or restrictions, your physician, orthotist or prosthetist will advise you.

Can I shower with my prosthesis or orthosis?
Most devices are not designed for full submersion in water. Splashing water or rain should not damage your device. However, there are some devices that are specifically made for water activities. If you do get your device wet, it should be cleaned and dried thoroughly before you reapply it. If not dried properly, the components may mildew or corrode.
We do not recommend that you shower in your everyday prosthesis. Water can corrode the metal components. Special use prostheses, or those designed for specific activities such as swimming and bathing are the best devices to use.

What kind of shoes should I wear with my prosthesis or orthosis?
Most styles of shoes can be worn as long as they comfortably fit both the brace and your foot.
Often, tennis shoes are the preferred shoe for initial gait training with a prosthesis. Consult your practitioner if you have problems with your footwear and prosthesis/orthosis.

Can I walk barefoot or wear different shoes with my prosthesis?
It is not recommended to walk barefoot.

Can I drive with a prosthesis?
Yes, many people can still drive with a prosthesis. There are several options:

Hand controls (easy to use, great for bilateral amputees)
Accelerator Switch (often removable)
Some patients are able to drive manual vehicles, however automatic vehicles are recommended.

Clinical

I currently wear a prosthesis, but I think I need a new one. Can you help? In order to begin the process, we will need a physician prescription. We will complete a thorough evaluation of your current prosthesis and determine what can be improved upon.

How often should I see my prosthetist or orthotist? Every 6 months, or as needed.

Can I change the components of my prosthesis (i.e. ankle or foot)? With a prescription, these components can be changed.

What should I do if the fit or function of my orthosis or prosthesis changes? Contact P&O Care to arrange for an office appointment.

Can I adjust the prosthesis or orthosis myself? No, this can lead to personal injury or damage to the device and will void any warranty.

Do I need a prescription if I want to have an adjustment made? Not usually. If the adjustment involves a significant change or replacement prosthesis or orthosis, you will need a prescription.

What if my prosthesis or orthosis breaks? Stop wearing your device and call P&O Care to arrange for an office appointment.

My skin is red after I remove my prosthesis or orthosis. Is that normal? Minimal redness is normal, but if it lasts longer than 30 minutes after removal contact P&O Care.

How long should I wear my brace each day? Follow the recommendation of your practitioner, physician,  or therapist for specific wearing schedules.

How often should I replace a brace? They should be replaced upon occurrence of significant wear or physiological change. Please consult your practitioner. There can be insurance limitations for replacement.

When should I have a new socket fabricated for my prosthesis? Typically, A new socket is needed if your residual limb changes in shape or size or if you are wearing more than 10 ply of socks for a consistent time period.