With your doctors approval, you should begin wrapping your residual limb with an ace bandage in a figure 8 pattern. If you, your nurse or your therapist need help with wrapping your limb feel free to call our office for more instruction. Proper wrapping is important as it assists with reducing swelling as well as helping to shape the residual limb in preparation for a prosthesis. Be careful and not wrap your limb too tight where it would cut off circulation.
Shrinker socks are typically not recommended until your sutures are removed. In some cases your physician may order a shrinker post operatively and we will just provide a slightly larger size to assist with shaping and reducing swelling. The main role of a shrinker is to help shape your limb in preparation for a prosthesis. We recommend you wear a shrinker at all times, (even during sleep) unless you are bathing or showering. After you receive your prosthesis, we recommend you wear a shrinker anytime you are not bathing, showering, swimming or wearing your prosthesis. Continuing to wear a shrinker after you receive your prosthesis will assist with keeping your limb the same shape and size.