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USING PERFORATED LINERS TO COMBAT THE DETRIMENTAL EFFECTS OF EXCESSIVE SWEATING IN LOWER LIMB PROSTHESIS USERS

, , Alison Stenson, Zoe Savage, David Moser, Saeed Zahedi
CANADIAN PROSTHETICS & ORTHOTICS JOURNAL , Volume 3; doi:10.33137/cpoj.v3i2.34610

Abstract: BACKGROUND: Excessive sweating of the residual limb has a substantial effect on the daily activities of people with lower limb amputation. Prosthetic liners offer protection and comfort to sensitive areas but often exacerbate perspiration. They act as insulators, trapping sweat on the skin’s surface to the detriment of skin health. Recently, liners with perforations have been developed, allowing the moisture to escape. The goal of this study was to assess the impact of such liners. METHODS: A sample group of 13 patients with unilateral transtibial amputation, who wore a perforated liner (PL) as part of their current prescription, was compared to 20 control patients who wore non-perforated liners (NPL). During their routine appointments, they completed a survey of scientifically validated outcome measures relating to their limb health, pain and the impact on daily life over a 12-month period. RESULTS: Patients using the PL had healthier residual limbs, reporting higher scores on questions relating to limb health, experiencing fewer skin issues (p
Keywords: survey / amputation / sweating / Excessive / Residual Limb / Wore / Perforated Liners

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