Advanced Prosthetics & Orthotics - August 2020

How to Prevent Infections


Apply lotion if necessary.

While you’re still in the hospital following an amputation, doctors and health care professionals will be responsible for keeping

Dryness and irritability can cause the skin to crack and become infected. If you have dry skin, ask your doctor to recommend a nonalcoholic, unscented lotion. Make sure you use only enough lotion to remedy dry or flaky skin — while you want to avoid dry skin, you also want to avoid subjecting your wound to excessive moisture. That’s also why the best time to apply lotion to your residual limb is right before you go to bed. Don’t apply lotion immediately before donning your prosthesis.

your wound clean and safe from infection. When you go home, however, that responsibility shifts to you. Even though

infections can occur on residual limbs despite our best efforts, the best defense against an infection is preventing it from happening in the first place.

Make sure your prosthesis fits well.

Wash daily with soap and water.

An ill-fitting prosthesis can cause redness, swelling, and skin breakdown which can lead to an infection. Make sure your prosthesis fits comfortably on your residual limb, and if it doesn’t, call us to schedule an adjustment.

The most important step you can take to prevent an infection from forming in your residual limb is to wash it at least once a day with mild, unscented soap and water. If you sweat a lot, you might want to wash it twice a day. You should also wash anything that touches your residual limb with soap and water on a daily basis, such as a liner, sock, or the socket of the prosthesis.

For any questions about how to prevent an infection or any questions at all about your prosthetic care, give us a call at 208-377-4024.


Nothing says summer like a pasta salad filled with your favorite fresh fruits and vegetables, and this combination is the perfect way PEACH & ARUGULA PASTA SALAD

to cap off a warm summer day! INGREDIENTS

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8 oz penne or fusilli pasta

2 tbsp olive oil

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp sea salt Pepper, to taste 2 tbsp lemon juice

3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

2 large fresh peaches, diced or sliced 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced 1 pint heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved

1 cup corn

6 cups arugula, packed


1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook pasta for approximately 9 minutes or until al dente. Drain pasta and place in a separate bowl. 2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Drizzle the dressing over the pasta and toss with the feta cheese. 3. Add peaches, red onions, tomatoes, corn, and arugula to the pasta mixture. Lightly toss to mix well. Add more olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste.

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