Winter Safety Tips For Using A Prosthetic Leg

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Winter Safety Tips For Using A Prosthetic Leg

27 December 2019
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If you just recently were equipped with a prosthetic leg, learning how to use your leg in the winter is going to take a little bit of practice and skill to learn how to navigate using your prosthetic leg under these conditions.

Safety Tip #1: Choose Your Footwear Carefully

Next, you need to choose your footwear carefully, especially in the winter when the conditions outside can be really slippery. You want to choose shoes that will provide you with lots of grip. Rubber soles are usually the best option if you want lots of traction and you want to avoid slipping while you walk around with your new prosthetic leg. Now is not the time to wear dress shoes; when the weather is not nice outside, it is time to get out your hiking boots or similar footwear that will provide you with the support you need.

Safety Tip #2: Learn How to Fall

When you have a prosthetic leg, you are more likely to slip, which is why it is important for you to learn how to fall safely. When you fall, you want to make sure that you keep your joints flexible. If you feel that you are falling, try to roll into the fall or land on your bottom. You want to avoid landing on your hip or your head, both of which can lead to some serious injuries.

This is something that you can work on in your rehab sessions as well. Although ideally, you want to avoid falling altogether, sometimes that can't be helped, and knowing how to fall properly is important.

Safety Tip #3: Use a Cane

Learning how to use a prosthetic leg in the winter can be a little bit of a learning curve. If you feel like you need a little extra support when it is snowy or icy outside, remember that there is no shame in using a cane. A cane can provide you with the extra support you need when you are walking in tricky conditions. You can also customize the grip on your cane so that it can better provide you with the support you need.

When it comes to wearing your prosthetic leg in the wintertime, you need to make sure you put a shoe with a lot of traction on your leg. Learn how to fall in rehab so if you slip, you will not get injured. Don't be afraid to use a cane, it can provide you with valuable support. Contact Bio  Tech Prosthetics and Orthotics for more.