Howard_Safety Tips for Orthotics


& Fitness


Advancements in prosthetics and orthotics have enabled you to stay active and involved during the busy summer months. The last thing you need is for an accident, an infection, or a problem with your device to hold you back. A professional evaluation can help you stay both safe and active this summer. Call us today to schedule an appointment. SAFETY TIPS There are several tips you can follow to make sure you stay safe while enjoying your favorite activities. Maintain a Correct Fit - It’s essential that your prosthetic or orthotic fit as securely as possible. A loose or poor fitting device can make you more susceptible to falls. You should always have your fit re-evaluated if you’ve recently experienced pregnancy, changes in your weight, or significant changes in your health. Prepare for New Activities - When learning to walk with your device, it’s essential to practice in different environments. Ask your therapist or prosthetist to help you use your device on an incline or other types of surfaces before venturing out this summer. Always Wear Shoes - You should always wear shoes if your lower limb was designed and fitted with specific footwear. While it may be tempting to go barefoot in warm weather, this could disrupt your balance. Listen to Your Device - Sound can be just as important as the feel of your device. If you hear any type of clicking, crunching, or squeaking sounds, you’ll need to have your device evaluated by a professional. Plan Ahead for Travel - To avoid intense screening, you may want to get a notification card for TSA checkpoints ahead of time. Check the TSA website or call the airline you’ll be traveling on for specific information. You may also want to request seats that face a wall and provide extra room.

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