Optimal control of a prosthetic limb depends on a comfortable and secure connection between limb and socket. Modern liner technology provides excellent cushioning, but the impermeable and insulating materials can allow a build-up of heat and moisture so they begin to slip and chafe. Air, perspiration and unnecessary movement can cause a loss of connection, compromised stability and damage to residual skin, potentially affecting mobility, safety and independence.
The patented technology of Silcare Breathe works by letting the air and perspiration that are often trapped between the liner and skin to escape through specially designed laser drilled perforations. The air and moisture are then expelled from the socket as the wearer walks, resulting in drier skin and a healthier environment for the residual limb. This helps to increase comfort and control, and reduce the damaging effects of relative motion on damp tissues that is often encountered with standard prosthetic liners.
Optimally sized pores distributed uniformly along the length and distal end of the liner permit the escape of moisture. Use with a one-way valve on the socket helps to generate a better vacuum and more secure fit.
Seamless knitting technology provides bi-directional stretch to improve comfort and contouring and reduce shear force on the knee as it flexes.
Provides a lower coefficient of friction than standard silicone, reducing shear stresses on the skin.
The body cools by moving blood flow closer to the surface of the skin, and when this is not sufficient the body produces sweat to increase cooling by evaporation.
The need to regulate body temperature is greater for amputees, and a lack of temperature regulation can have severe negative effects.
The Silcare Breathe range has been designed to tackle these issues. Laser drilled perforations transmit moisture away from the skin to ensure a comfortable, cool and secure fit for the user.
Researchers at Blatchford in the US and UK have recently published a report evaluating the outcomes of three patients with residual limb skin problems, when they switched from their previous prescriptions to perforated Silcare Breathe liners.
All of the cases experienced a substantial reduction in sweating on their residual limb and their skin problems resolve – some in as little as three months. The improved environment within the prosthetic socket allowed them to wear their limbs unaffected by the issues that had previously caused them to restrict activities and prosthetic limb use.
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