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Hi, Micky, and welcome to the Forum!  In theory, you can wear as many plys of socks as you want, as long as they feel comfortable and you're able to walk well with your prosthetic leg.  HOWEVER, most prosthetists recommend that you have your socket recast (or seriously padded) if you are wearing 10 plys.  That means 3 of the 3ply socks, plus a single ply sock.  Since You're a new amputee, it's likely that you'll be having a LOT of shrinkage on your residual limb.  (I went through three different sockets during my own first year as a new amputee.) 

A socket that fits well is usually MUCH easier to walk with, so you might want to check in with your prosthetist and see if they think recasting is in order.

Good luck to you!

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Hi Mickey,

i am an amputee for 6yrs now, I have a very good prosthetist. It is soooo important to have a wonderful relationship with them. What they do determines how well you get along. If I wear even 1 ply it makes the feel of my socket feel horrible! I don’t like to wear any ply’s. It has been a while since I’ve had to.  Since you are a new amputee you do need to let your stump get down to whatever size it will rest at. In about a good year you should be at your ‘size’ and then if you have to wear more than one 3ply at a time you should get a new socket made. The more ply you wear it will definitely have an effect on how it fits. And make sure you get the vacuum system, I personally don’t understand how any amputee can live without one!! Good luck!

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