Question

What is a stump sock? Why is good hygiene of the stump important?

Answer

A stump sock is designed to absorb perspiration, cut down on skin irritation, and prevent direct contact between the sensitive stump skin and the prosthetic socket. Prosthetic maintenance and good stump hygiene are important for overall amputation care in order to prevent secondary complications and infections.

(Panton, H. “Upper Extremity Prosthesis.” In P. Deutsch and H. Sawyer (Ed.) A Guide to Rehabilitation. White Plains, NY: AHAB Press).

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