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What can I do to make sure my prosthesis fits correctly?

Some problems with fit are caused by the limb stump swelling. The prosthetic may have fit perfectly, but if there is swelling, suddenly it is uncomfortable. Fortunately there are a few tricks you can use to make sure your prosthetic fits well.

  • Wear a specially-designed "shrinker" (a tight-fitting sock) for sleeping.
  • Soak the stump in cold water for a few minutes before putting on the prosthesis.
  • Wrap a bandage tightly around the stump for a short while before putting on the prosthesis.

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