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Once fitted with your prosthesis: inspection of the residual limb

Skin problems can make using the prosthesis uncomfortable or even impossible. Regular inspection of your residual limb will help identify skin problems early, before they become too severe.


  • Use a mirror to check your residual limb from every angle.
  • In the beginning, check your residual limb whenever you change your dressing or take off your prosthesis.
  • Later, one daily inspection after washing your residual limb should be enough.
  • NOTE: if you lost a limb due to vascular disease such as diabetes, proper care of your residual limb, including regular inspections, is even more important, as skin breakdown could lead to another amputation.

Wayne Derman etch 2“If you find a skin irritation, contact your prosthetist or doctor as soon as possible – even the smallest skin lesion might be important. Be on the lookout for increased sensitivity of the soft tissue below the skin that feels like bruised tissue.”

- Prof Wayne Derman