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Hello Everyone,

I am a LAKA, and it's been two months since I've started using my leg from Otto Bock, and I'm facing some problems.

1. Sweating: I use a silicone liner from Otto Bock (with a KISS suspension), I can wear the leg for about 8 hrs now, but after I remove the leg, my skin is sore, red and itchy. I'm using an Anti-perspirant powder available here, but not happy with it, since I find that my skin has become dry and quite sensitive causing even more rashes and redness.

I read about the Certain Dri product on some posts, and I am planning to buy it from Ebay, does anyone have other suggestions to help stop sweating? I've also figured that removing the leg intermittently also helps.

2. Cleaning the leg and the liner: I clean my leg and liner everyday, I would like to know if there are any skin friendly products out there that can be used for cleansing sensitive dry skin?

3. Weight of the prosthetic: How heavy is the normal leg? Mine weighs around 4+ kg or 8.8+ pounds. I have a 3R80 knee joint from OB and a C-Walk foot.. I find that the leg is quite heavy and unwieldy, not while walking but when I have to move the leg when I'm sitting.

4. Aligning of the socket over the knee joint: My socket has been aligned slightly forward, my leg guy to me that it was to provide more stability, this makes the socket look really big from outside, almost like I have a balloon instead of a thigh, has anyone had a similar experience, if so, what did you do about it?

5. Gait: In the 3rd month of using the leg, I can walk without limping with one crutch, but when I try to walk without it, I limp to my left, when I bear weight on the prosthetic leg, will this limp go away later, or do I need to do some exercises to get rid of the limp?

On another note, I traveled recently to my native place, and it was quite an interesting experience. I had to carry a fold-able walker, and my crutches along, but it was not an issue since all the airport staff were really accommodating and friendly. Security checks were also not a problem, thankfully no one asked me to remove my leg, even after me offering to do so.. I didn't even have to show the letter I got from my prosthetist saying that I'm an amputee with an artificial limb :)

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As a BK I can only help on a couple of your issues. Some of your issues are simply your body getting used to the "new you". Summer is also a hard time for the body to adjust. Heat and humidity don't mix well with liners and hard sockets. My first year was terrible. My body has adjusted now to the point that I no longer have a red, rashy stump at the end of a hot day.

I fought sweat the first year. I used a non-talc baby powder or you could just use cornstarch. Anti-perspirants including Certain Dri should be applied at night.

Cleaning of the liner is more important than the socket as the liner is what comes in contact with your skin. I was told to use the same soap as I use on the rest of my body. Nothing harsh. You could use just about any cleaner on the socket since it doesnt' come in contact with skin. Use an unscented body lotion on your residual limb to keep it from getting so dry. Use it at night to allow better absorption.

Hope things get better

Neal

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As a BK I can only help on a couple of your issues. Some of your issues are simply your body getting used to the "new you". Summer is also a hard time for the body to adjust. Heat and humidity don't mix well with liners and hard sockets. My first year was terrible. My body has adjusted now to the point that I no longer have a red, rashy stump at the end of a hot day.

I fought sweat the first year. I used a non-talc baby powder or you could just use cornstarch. Anti-perspirants including Certain Dri should be applied at night.

Cleaning of the liner is more important than the socket as the liner is what comes in contact with your skin. I was told to use the same soap as I use on the rest of my body. Nothing harsh. You could use just about any cleaner on the socket since it doesnt' come in contact with skin. Use an unscented body lotion on your residual limb to keep it from getting so dry. Use it at night to allow better absorption.

Hope things get better

Neal

Thanks Neal.. I'm using a prickly heat powder, it has starch (to absorb the sweat) , some zinc oxide (that soothes) and some anti-bacterial and anti-fungal ingredients. I dust on a lot of it before I wear the liner, but I've heard that powders can cause skin abrasion too.. my skin around the top of the socket has turned darker than the rest of the area, and this discoloration persists.. I'm wondering if this cuz of using the powder, or if it is because of too much pressure from the socket.

I am thinking of buying Certain Dri and using it overnight on my limb, to reduce sweating, can I put the moisturizer along with it? Or are there other products that I can use during the day to reduce sweatin

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Be careful of the moisturizers that you use, they can also contribute to the liner sliding down when you sweat. Mostly, if you have to use one, make sure it is not a "greasy" moisturizer and that if you try it on your hands, it doesn't leave them feeling like they are "oily". If I am getting terribly dry in the winter, I use one that virtually disappears when I put it on my hands. It leaves no residue feeling at all. That way, I know if I start to sweat even a little, that it won't cause my liner to start sliding down..

As for washing my liner, I have used Woolite as well. It is a very gentle soap and doesn't leave anything in the liner.

I had tried a non talc powder and only ended up with a mess inside my liner, leaving it feeling rather gritty. Never bothered with again on the inside. I have used it on the outside to help with static cling, or to at least help certain dress slacks "slide" over the liner when changing from standing to setting and vice versa..

It does get easier with time. Once you finally find the things that work or not for you. There are still times when something will pop up and I have to figure it out, but those times are fewer and farther apart.

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Be careful of the moisturizers that you use, they can also contribute to the liner sliding down when you sweat. Mostly, if you have to use one, make sure it is not a "greasy" moisturizer and that if you try it on your hands, it doesn't leave them feeling like they are "oily". If I am getting terribly dry in the winter, I use one that virtually disappears when I put it on my hands. It leaves no residue feeling at all. That way, I know if I start to sweat even a little, that it won't cause my liner to start sliding down..

As for washing my liner, I have used Woolite as well. It is a very gentle soap and doesn't leave anything in the liner.

I had tried a non talc powder and only ended up with a mess inside my liner, leaving it feeling rather gritty. Never bothered with again on the inside. I have used it on the outside to help with static cling, or to at least help certain dress slacks "slide" over the liner when changing from standing to setting and vice versa..

It does get easier with time. Once you finally find the things that work or not for you. There are still times when something will pop up and I have to figure it out, but those times are fewer and farther apart.

Thanks Higgy, I haven't tried Woolite, I'm using Dettol an antiseptic hand wash to wash the liner, after the wash it smells strongly of the soap but otherwise it's okay, I don't know if it's really safe for the skin though. About moisturizing, I use coconut oil the night before I go to sleep, and wash it off in the shower the next day morning, I've found that this helps with healing the skin. I don't use the moisturizer b4 putting the leg on, I use the sweat absorbing powder. Thanks for your encouragement.

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I've found that I need to balance out the antibacterial and skin-soothing properties of whatever I use to clean my liner. For me, this means a couple of products: sometimes I use an antibacterial, unscented, hypoallergenic liquid hand soap, which I make certain that I wash off completely...and the rest of the time I rely on antibacterial, unscented, alcohol-free moist baby wipes! Honestly, they're great when you're in a hurry or traveling. I've found that the actual brand names of either product don't seem to matter to me...just as long as it's going to kill any germs and is gentle to the skin, with no fragrance.

If you can get through your first year with the sweating issue, you may find that it eventually becomes a NON-issue. I never did attempt to use any sort of anti-perspirant, as they almost always make me break out when I use them in the "normal" manner...so I certainly didn't want to try it on my stump! I spent my first summer perpetually in search of a restroom, so I could take the leg off, wipe away the sweat, and reassemble myself. In hot weather, my leg would start to slip off several times a day. But by the following summer, my body had gotten used to the prosthesis, and I seldom found sweating to be a problem. In the past four years, I've had my leg start to slip off due to perspiration exactly twice.

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Not sure if I understand the question about it looking like a balloon...Early on your socket will be bigger and look bigger through clothes because it is bigger that your other thigh. I couldn't even wear my normal pants because the socket was just so much bigger and it made my pants fit very crooked. Each time I have gotten a new socket my clothes fit so much better because the socket gets thinner. As for the limping-my experience with that is yes you could do some hip strengthing exercises to help strength your hip..lay on your right side make sure your "limb" is pressed back and then raise up into the air. It is very easy to do these the wrong way and that won't help. When I first started doing them I automatically had my limb slightly forward because it was more comfortable and that was easy to do...but when you straighten it out which means pushed backwards a little then it is a lot harder--but this is what strengthens your hip. that might help with the limping and plus just getting more comfortable with your leg overtime will probably help with the limping. I know that half way through the day I limp more because I get tired or I guess I should say my hip gets tired. But from what I understand it should get better overtime...although everyone AK that I have seen has had some sort of limp or getttyup in their step :)

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As a BK I can only help on a couple of your issues. Some of your issues are simply your body getting used to the "new you". Summer is also a hard time for the body to adjust. Heat and humidity don't mix well with liners and hard sockets. My first year was terrible. My body has adjusted now to the point that I no longer have a red, rashy stump at the end of a hot day.

I fought sweat the first year. I used a non-talc baby powder or you could just use cornstarch. Anti-perspirants including Certain Dri should be applied at night.

Cleaning of the liner is more important than the socket as the liner is what comes in contact with your skin. I was told to use the same soap as I use on the rest of my body. Nothing harsh. You could use just about any cleaner on the socket since it doesnt' come in contact with skin. Use an unscented body lotion on your residual limb to keep it from getting so dry. Use it at night to allow better absorption.

Hope things get better

Neal

hello! i dont know if this is good or bad news, but i, too , got itchy rashes and has to switch from a silicone liner to a type of "cup" system. i put a sock on, then leg goes into a custom cup which slides into prosthetic leg. no rashes ever since

you could limp a bit if the leg height is off.

also, these are fake body parts, they will never work as a real leg, i seem limp often but not always, i am very active and walk far

sometimes my leg feels SO heavy, other times, not

it just takes time to get used to

you sound like youre doing great

keep going

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Hi Hema,

I have been a left AK for 30 years and have always used a suction socket. I took one look at these gel liners and envisioned heat, sweating, and skin problems from them. After speaking to my leg guy he said the suction socket still offered the best fit. If you continue to have problems with the liner a full contact suction socket may be an option for you. My leg is like the one in the link.

Best wishes,

Freddy

http://www.tuvie.com/wp-content/uploads/c-leg.jpg

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I've found that I need to balance out the antibacterial and skin-soothing properties of whatever I use to clean my liner. For me, this means a couple of products: sometimes I use an antibacterial, unscented, hypoallergenic liquid hand soap, which I make certain that I wash off completely...and the rest of the time I rely on antibacterial, unscented, alcohol-free moist baby wipes! Honestly, they're great when you're in a hurry or traveling. I've found that the actual brand names of either product don't seem to matter to me...just as long as it's going to kill any germs and is gentle to the skin, with no fragrance.

If you can get through your first year with the sweating issue, you may find that it eventually becomes a NON-issue. I never did attempt to use any sort of anti-perspirant, as they almost always make me break out when I use them in the "normal" manner...so I certainly didn't want to try it on my stump! I spent my first summer perpetually in search of a restroom, so I could take the leg off, wipe away the sweat, and reassemble myself. In hot weather, my leg would start to slip off several times a day. But by the following summer, my body had gotten used to the prosthesis, and I seldom found sweating to be a problem. In the past four years, I've had my leg start to slip off due to perspiration exactly twice.

It's very re-assuring to know that the sweating will come down naturally, I guess it's the first year that's the hardest. My skin is quite dry and sensitive, so maybe I should give the anti-antiperspirant a miss. I can already see that the sweating is coming down a bit these days, I think it might be wiser to let the body figure out that it needs to sweat lesser, at least on my stump. Plus it's getting slightly cooler here in Bangalore so that helps.

Will also find a good anti bacterial soap to wash the liner, love the idea of using non-alcoholic baby wipes to clean the stump and liner off any sweat when traveling. Thanks Cherly for the reply :)

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Not sure if I understand the question about it looking like a balloon...Early on your socket will be bigger and look bigger through clothes because it is bigger that your other thigh. I couldn't even wear my normal pants because the socket was just so much bigger and it made my pants fit very crooked. Each time I have gotten a new socket my clothes fit so much better because the socket gets thinner. As for the limping-my experience with that is yes you could do some hip strengthing exercises to help strength your hip..lay on your right side make sure your "limb" is pressed back and then raise up into the air. It is very easy to do these the wrong way and that won't help. When I first started doing them I automatically had my limb slightly forward because it was more comfortable and that was easy to do...but when you straighten it out which means pushed backwards a little then it is a lot harder--but this is what strengthens your hip. that might help with the limping and plus just getting more comfortable with your leg overtime will probably help with the limping. I know that half way through the day I limp more because I get tired or I guess I should say my hip gets tired. But from what I understand it should get better overtime...although everyone AK that I have seen has had some sort of limp or getttyup in their step :)

Maybe I was exaggerating when I said that it looked like a balloon.. I was trying to be funny :D But yes, the leg does look a lot bigger, and I can't wear pants that I had earlier, but right now I'm okay wearing pretty skirts and dresses around. Also, I will be more careful about doing the exercises right, so that my hips are stronger, I might have been doing them wrong, also I stopped doing the exercises after I started wearing the leg, that was probably a bad idea -- i was thinking that walking alone is exercise enough. Thanks a lot for your reply. Being on this forum really helps :)

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As a BK I can only help on a couple of your issues. Some of your issues are simply your body getting used to the "new you". Summer is also a hard time for the body to adjust. Heat and humidity don't mix well with liners and hard sockets. My first year was terrible. My body has adjusted now to the point that I no longer have a red, rashy stump at the end of a hot day.

I fought sweat the first year. I used a non-talc baby powder or you could just use cornstarch. Anti-perspirants including Certain Dri should be applied at night.

Cleaning of the liner is more important than the socket as the liner is what comes in contact with your skin. I was told to use the same soap as I use on the rest of my body. Nothing harsh. You could use just about any cleaner on the socket since it doesnt' come in contact with skin. Use an unscented body lotion on your residual limb to keep it from getting so dry. Use it at night to allow better absorption.

Hope things get better

Neal

hello! i dont know if this is good or bad news, but i, too , got itchy rashes and has to switch from a silicone liner to a type of "cup" system. i put a sock on, then leg goes into a custom cup which slides into prosthetic leg. no rashes ever since

you could limp a bit if the leg height is off.

also, these are fake body parts, they will never work as a real leg, i seem limp often but not always, i am very active and walk far

sometimes my leg feels SO heavy, other times, not

it just takes time to get used to

you sound like youre doing great

keep going

Hello, thank you for replying! :) Im not sure if I can wear a sock, because I have a lot of grafted skin on my stump, but I can see that the sweating is reducing slightly, I hope my body understands it should sweat lesser, at least in my stump..

I now understand, all this teething trouble is expected.. I can see that almost everyone has gone through similar experiences..

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Hi Hema,

I have been a left AK for 30 years and have always used a suction socket. I took one look at these gel liners and envisioned heat, sweating, and skin problems from them. After speaking to my leg guy he said the suction socket still offered the best fit. If you continue to have problems with the liner a full contact suction socket may be an option for you. My leg is like the one in the link.

Best wishes,

Freddy

http://www.tuvie.com...loads/c-leg.jpg

That's a really cool looking leg..!! My legman tells me that, when I get the next socket (after my stump has shrunk) it will get better. My stump has a lot of grafted skin, so I can do without the liner I guess, having a suction socket over the liner looks like a good option.

I spoke to my legman yesterday about getting a suction socket, over my silicone liner, but he was telling me that although there are many good things about the suction system, the Harmony e-pulse makes hissing nosies when sucking the air out.. wonder if that's really the case.. hmmm

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I've found that I need to balance out the antibacterial and skin-soothing properties of whatever I use to clean my liner. For me, this means a couple of products: sometimes I use an antibacterial, unscented, hypoallergenic liquid hand soap, which I make certain that I wash off completely...and the rest of the time I rely on antibacterial, unscented, alcohol-free moist baby wipes! Honestly, they're great when you're in a hurry or traveling. I've found that the actual brand names of either product don't seem to matter to me...just as long as it's going to kill any germs and is gentle to the skin, with no fragrance.

If you can get through your first year with the sweating issue, you may find that it eventually becomes a NON-issue. I never did attempt to use any sort of anti-perspirant, as they almost always make me break out when I use them in the "normal" manner...so I certainly didn't want to try it on my stump! I spent my first summer perpetually in search of a restroom, so I could take the leg off, wipe away the sweat, and reassemble myself. In hot weather, my leg would start to slip off several times a day. But by the following summer, my body had gotten used to the prosthesis, and I seldom found sweating to be a problem. In the past four years, I've had my leg start to slip off due to perspiration exactly twice.

Go with Cheryl's advice as I feel it is spot on and is what i advise most of my patients. As for the socket shape and size just remember it is early days yet. Give it all time to settle.

good luck

Tim

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That's a really cool looking leg..!! My legman tells me that, when I get the next socket (after my stump has shrunk) it will get better. My stump has a lot of grafted skin, so I can do without the liner I guess, having a suction socket over the liner looks like a good option.

I spoke to my legman yesterday about getting a suction socket, over my silicone liner, but he was telling me that although there are many good things about the suction system, the Harmony e-pulse makes hissing nosies when sucking the air out.. wonder if that's really the case.. hmmm

I know nothing about the Harmony e-pulse system. Maybe someone here can help you.

Freddy

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Hello Everyone,

I am a LAKA, and it's been two months since I've started using my leg from Otto Bock, and I'm facing some problems.

1. Sweating: I use a silicone liner from Otto Bock (with a KISS suspension), I can wear the leg for about 8 hrs now, but after I remove the leg, my skin is sore, red and itchy. I'm using an Anti-perspirant powder available here, but not happy with it, since I find that my skin has become dry and quite sensitive causing even more rashes and redness.

I read about the Certain Dri product on some posts, and I am planning to buy it from Ebay, does anyone have other suggestions to help stop sweating? I've also figured that removing the leg intermittently also helps.

2. Cleaning the leg and the liner: I clean my leg and liner everyday, I would like to know if there are any skin friendly products out there that can be used for cleansing sensitive dry skin?

3. Weight of the prosthetic: How heavy is the normal leg? Mine weighs around 4+ kg or 8.8+ pounds. I have a 3R80 knee joint from OB and a C-Walk foot.. I find that the leg is quite heavy and unwieldy, not while walking but when I have to move the leg when I'm sitting.

4. Aligning of the socket over the knee joint: My socket has been aligned slightly forward, my leg guy to me that it was to provide more stability, this makes the socket look really big from outside, almost like I have a balloon instead of a thigh, has anyone had a similar experience, if so, what did you do about it?

5. Gait: In the 3rd month of using the leg, I can walk without limping with one crutch, but when I try to walk without it, I limp to my left, when I bear weight on the prosthetic leg, will this limp go away later, or do I need to do some exercises to get rid of the limp?

On another note, I traveled recently to my native place, and it was quite an interesting experience. I had to carry a fold-able walker, and my crutches along, but it was not an issue since all the airport staff were really accommodating and friendly. Security checks were also not a problem, thankfully no one asked me to remove my leg, even after me offering to do so.. I didn't even have to show the letter I got from my prosthetist saying that I'm an amputee with an artificial limb :)

Hello and welcome,

as a fairly new lak amputee myself with a ottobock knee and hard socket, i can tell you now that i have had the same iissues. now to your questions i will try to help from my short experience.. I to at first sweated somthing awful, i hhave had my prost, around two half months also, but just a couple of weeks ago the sweating has slowed ALOT. i also removed my leg alot and dried. now i don't have to and i wear it about 12hrs a day. i clean it with antibacterial soap daily and i switch in out of two liners.my leg is a otto 3r60 hard socket, yes for a while it did seem heavy when trying to lift it. walking was not bad, but sit me down and try to move it , it was painful. my surgeon and prost man told me it was because the femur bone at the end tends to ride high to top of skin in the beginning, and makes it feel heavy,and also your muscles atrophy VERY quickly so excersise is most important. i thought the same as you , walking in leg was surley enough,but no it wasn't when i started again with strenghting my inner, outer, and hip muscles i did so much better, i noticed my endurance was stronger, i am now walking with much less a limp, only when i get tired, and my balance is alot better. I lay down with a 1pound bag of dry beans on my leg as a weight. it really helps, and go slow with movements if your rushing them you are doing them wrong and wasting your energy. hold leg slightly to back of you..and yes do those core stomach excersises,they really help.at first i could not understand why i could not truely shift weight into socket,even though i thought i was, i was just using it as a third crutch so my physical thearpist said,and after my muscle excersises walloa i went right to that side,and alot less limp...

And yes my socket is alot bigger to where my pants do not fit well, this will get better with a second socket, try to manage for now knowing it will get better,and wear your shrinker when ever leg is off.. i also had to have my socket moved forward and out to outside for more stability and it made the world of difference...

i have just recently noticed in the last two weeks some of the most smallest improvements have made the biggest difference in my life as a amputee, just happened all at once. and thinking about it will make you laugh already looking back.. this will come for you to just wait.

I am a young 32 yr old ,wife and mother to a three yr old and a surgical nurse missing her patients also, we have a life to live still and this is now our new lives, we may never do things the same as we did before, but i guarentee you we will do them just different.never say never, and don't give up.if you want to accomplish it you can, just look around at all these inspirational people. hang in there , and again welcome , people here can give you wonderful advise, and if there is anything i can do to help just ask..

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Hi Hema,

I have been a left AK for 30 years and have always used a suction socket. I took one look at these gel liners and envisioned heat, sweating, and skin problems from them. After speaking to my leg guy he said the suction socket still offered the best fit. If you continue to have problems with the liner a full contact suction socket may be an option for you. My leg is like the one in the link.

Best wishes,

Freddy

http://www.tuvie.com...loads/c-leg.jpg

That's a really cool looking leg..!! My legman tells me that, when I get the next socket (after my stump has shrunk) it will get better. My stump has a lot of grafted skin, so I can do without the liner I guess, having a suction socket over the liner looks like a good option.

I spoke to my legman yesterday about getting a suction socket, over my silicone liner, but he was telling me that although there are many good things about the suction system, the Harmony e-pulse makes hissing nosies when sucking the air out.. wonder if that's really the case.. hmmm

ask your legman about seal-in X5 liner and socket. it's basically a suction socket, while using a special liner that has 5 membranes which "create" the suction to hold the socket

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Hi Hema,

I have been a left AK for 30 years and have always used a suction socket. I took one look at these gel liners and envisioned heat, sweating, and skin problems from them. After speaking to my leg guy he said the suction socket still offered the best fit. If you continue to have problems with the liner a full contact suction socket may be an option for you. My leg is like the one in the link.

Best wishes,

Freddy

http://www.tuvie.com...loads/c-leg.jpg

That's a really cool looking leg..!! My legman tells me that, when I get the next socket (after my stump has shrunk) it will get better. My stump has a lot of grafted skin, so I can do without the liner I guess, having a suction socket over the liner looks like a good option.

I spoke to my legman yesterday about getting a suction socket, over my silicone liner, but he was telling me that although there are many good things about the suction system, the Harmony e-pulse makes hissing nosies when sucking the air out.. wonder if that's really the case.. hmmm

I have never experienced the Harmony e-pulse first hand, but as far as I know the noise when the pump is active is not loud enough to draw attention to it. I can only speak for myself and don't know if the manual Harmony pump would work with a AKA but it works quite will with my BK prosthetic and I like the fact that there are no batteries to contend with (I have bad luck with electronic devices haha!).

-Kane

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Hello Everyone,

I am a LAKA, and it's been two months since I've started using my leg from Otto Bock, and I'm facing some problems.

1. Sweating: I use a silicone liner from Otto Bock (with a KISS suspension), I can wear the leg for about 8 hrs now, but after I remove the leg, my skin is sore, red and itchy. I'm using an Anti-perspirant powder available here, but not happy with it, since I find that my skin has become dry and quite sensitive causing even more rashes and redness.

I read about the Certain Dri product on some posts, and I am planning to buy it from Ebay, does anyone have other suggestions to help stop sweating? I've also figured that removing the leg intermittently also helps.

2. Cleaning the leg and the liner: I clean my leg and liner everyday, I would like to know if there are any skin friendly products out there that can be used for cleansing sensitive dry skin?

3. Weight of the prosthetic: How heavy is the normal leg? Mine weighs around 4+ kg or 8.8+ pounds. I have a 3R80 knee joint from OB and a C-Walk foot.. I find that the leg is quite heavy and unwieldy, not while walking but when I have to move the leg when I'm sitting.

4. Aligning of the socket over the knee joint: My socket has been aligned slightly forward, my leg guy to me that it was to provide more stability, this makes the socket look really big from outside, almost like I have a balloon instead of a thigh, has anyone had a similar experience, if so, what did you do about it?

5. Gait: In the 3rd month of using the leg, I can walk without limping with one crutch, but when I try to walk without it, I limp to my left, when I bear weight on the prosthetic leg, will this limp go away later, or do I need to do some exercises to get rid of the limp?

On another note, I traveled recently to my native place, and it was quite an interesting experience. I had to carry a fold-able walker, and my crutches along, but it was not an issue since all the airport staff were really accommodating and friendly. Security checks were also not a problem, thankfully no one asked me to remove my leg, even after me offering to do so.. I didn't even have to show the letter I got from my prosthetist saying that I'm an amputee with an artificial limb :)

Hello and welcome,

as a fairly new lak amputee myself with a ottobock knee and hard socket, i can tell you now that i have had the same iissues. now to your questions i will try to help from my short experience.. I to at first sweated somthing awful, i hhave had my prost, around two half months also, but just a couple of weeks ago the sweating has slowed ALOT. i also removed my leg alot and dried. now i don't have to and i wear it about 12hrs a day. i clean it with antibacterial soap daily and i switch in out of two liners.my leg is a otto 3r60 hard socket, yes for a while it did seem heavy when trying to lift it. walking was not bad, but sit me down and try to move it , it was painful. my surgeon and prost man told me it was because the femur bone at the end tends to ride high to top of skin in the beginning, and makes it feel heavy,and also your muscles atrophy VERY quickly so excersise is most important. i thought the same as you , walking in leg was surley enough,but no it wasn't when i started again with strenghting my inner, outer, and hip muscles i did so much better, i noticed my endurance was stronger, i am now walking with much less a limp, only when i get tired, and my balance is alot better. I lay down with a 1pound bag of dry beans on my leg as a weight. it really helps, and go slow with movements if your rushing them you are doing them wrong and wasting your energy. hold leg slightly to back of you..and yes do those core stomach excersises,they really help.at first i could not understand why i could not truely shift weight into socket,even though i thought i was, i was just using it as a third crutch so my physical thearpist said,and after my muscle excersises walloa i went right to that side,and alot less limp...

And yes my socket is alot bigger to where my pants do not fit well, this will get better with a second socket, try to manage for now knowing it will get better,and wear your shrinker when ever leg is off.. i also had to have my socket moved forward and out to outside for more stability and it made the world of difference...

i have just recently noticed in the last two weeks some of the most smallest improvements have made the biggest difference in my life as a amputee, just happened all at once. and thinking about it will make you laugh already looking back.. this will come for you to just wait.

I am a young 32 yr old ,wife and mother to a three yr old and a surgical nurse missing her patients also, we have a life to live still and this is now our new lives, we may never do things the same as we did before, but i guarentee you we will do them just different.never say never, and don't give up.if you want to accomplish it you can, just look around at all these inspirational people. hang in there , and again welcome , people here can give you wonderful advise, and if there is anything i can do to help just ask..

Hello,

Thanks a lot for your reply, I'm working with a physio too and I will make sure that enough hip and core strengthening exercises are included in the routine so that my gait improves. It was nice reading your encouraging reply, it is always very reassuring to know that someone else has overcome the same problems as mine. I have started walking without the crutch too, but there's still a mental block that I need to get over to start walking confidently with the leg. Keep in touch. take care :)

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Hi Hema,

I have been a left AK for 30 years and have always used a suction socket. I took one look at these gel liners and envisioned heat, sweating, and skin problems from them. After speaking to my leg guy he said the suction socket still offered the best fit. If you continue to have problems with the liner a full contact suction socket may be an option for you. My leg is like the one in the link.

Best wishes,

Freddy

http://www.tuvie.com...loads/c-leg.jpg

That's a really cool looking leg..!! My legman tells me that, when I get the next socket (after my stump has shrunk) it will get better. My stump has a lot of grafted skin, so I can do without the liner I guess, having a suction socket over the liner looks like a good option.

I spoke to my legman yesterday about getting a suction socket, over my silicone liner, but he was telling me that although there are many good things about the suction system, the Harmony e-pulse makes hissing nosies when sucking the air out.. wonder if that's really the case.. hmmm

ask your legman about seal-in X5 liner and socket. it's basically a suction socket, while using a special liner that has 5 membranes which "create" the suction to hold the socket

Thanks for the suggestion Tomer, I don't think Ossur is avalable in India though..

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