AmputeeOT: All about stump socks for below knee amputees

Oh, hello glorious denizens of YouTube– let’s talk about stump stocks! These are stump stocks. They are made for your stump. Stump socks come in different thicknesses, from very very thin to super duper thick. Usually they come in bags like this, and they are measured in a couple of different ways. First they are measured by their dimensions, so this one is a three inch by five inch by 12 inch; and They’re also measured in ply, which is the thickness of the sock. “Ply”. P-L-Y. I have got a huge collection of stump socks. This is a one- ply sock–you can see it’s very thin. This is a two ply sock ; you can see the little bit thicker. This is a fly–(laughs). This is the 5-ply sock; you can see that it is very thick. Usually the socks have a colored ring sewn around the outside, so that you know what size, they are– so for example, this brand: Green band means that it’s a two-ply sock. Now that I’m using the pin lock system for my prosthetic, this– these socks have a hole made in the bottom of them on purpose so that they can be worn with a pin liner prosthetic. Ooooh, I see you! Socks are used primarily between your socket and your liner to increase the volume inside. Right now, I am wearing a two ply sock; two more ply sock; and a five-ply sock. When you first get your amputation, your limb is very swollen; and over time it shrinks. It takes about six months to a year for the shrinkage to level out; and in the meantime, you want to be walking around on your leg; And so what do you do when your limb shrinks and it is too small for your socket ? You use socks to increase the volume in your socket. This temporary leg two weeks ago fit me; and now it is way too big. Only a couple weeks later, you can see without any socks, my leg just flops around. This actually fit two weeks ago. In order to make it fit properly, I had socks. Socks are usually color-coded. For this brand, red means four-ply These are socks that I cut in half, because I’m shrinking faster in the end of my leg than I am up at the top of my leg. Now I wear my prosthetic. Now it fits in there nice and tight. Pretty tight anyway. It’s really important if you’re a new amputee to use socks to control the volume inside your prosthetic. The reason being is, if you don’t have enough socks, then you’ll notice that you’ll sink down more into your prosthetic, and you will bottom out on your prosthetic; which means that more weight of your body will be on the bottom of your leg– and that hurts. If you’re a recent amputee like me , you will have to add and remove socks all the time. I probably add more socks about every 5 or 10 minutes of walking if I’m doing straight walking; and this amounts to me taking my leg out of my prosthetic and adding socks probably three or four, five, maybe even five times a day. Of course, since I have to change my socks all the time, and add socks, this means that I have to carry a pile of socks around with me. I probably carry around more socks than I need, to be honest. I started out with no-ply of sock and by two weeks later. I’m already wearing, like, seven or eight ply of sock. Eventually, my prosthetist is going to make me a new socket–and that socket will be a lot smaller and so I won’t have to worry about having so many socks and also, My leg will eventually stabilize So it won’t continue to shrink so rapidly– so I won’t have to worry about socks so much then either. As I’ve said in previous videos, it’s important to wash your socks. The package says to wear clean socks every day; but to be honest I’ve just been reusing some of my socks–because my socks are all between my liner and my socket, and I don’t really see the need to wash them every day, because they’re not really getting dirty. They’re not even having any contact with my skin. Okay. YouTube, that’s all for now! Bye-bye!

40 thoughts on “AmputeeOT: All about stump socks for below knee amputees

  1. The socks can also be used to protect your knee from chafing caused by the socket near the top. My knee has been sore recently due to resting on a shower stool.

    Did you receive my email, Christina?


  2. Hi my name is Phil. I am also a amputee like you. Except it is my right foot. I have been a amputee since early 2008 because of a car wreck. I just wanted to say i enjoy watching your videos and if you ever need to talk to someone i am here for you.:)

  3. Hi, Christina. I go in today for my clear socket, I am so excited! I love your vids. They are a great learning tool for me. Can't wait to be walking again!

  4. Wow.. the same thing happens with dentures. I'm 6 weeks in with upper and lower dentures and the shrinkage is pretty rapid. Instead of socks, dentures use reline material, but I guess the concept is the same… up to a year of rapid changes.. thanks for your videos and your attitude is great

  5. Yup, I wore stump socks before I got my prothesis under a shrinker to make the shrinker more comfortable. You can pretty much wear them anytime, you just have to be careful before your wound is healed to keep it covered before you put a stump sock on, otherwise you'll get blood and such on your sock ^.^

  6. I lost my left foot due to a stupid moment march 4th so its been interesting to see you many parallels. My leg guy told me how to cut up tube socks to improve fit as needed until we do another socket.

  7. Christina! Loved! *_* =D I love your videos I would label the speech for Brazilians in portuguese! 🙂

  8. I've been a RL BK since birth and used stump socks as a kid but have used regular ankle/tube socks since I was 18 or so. I usually end up with a combo of 3 or 4 socks each day. As a liner I use ankle sized nylons to help the skin from turning into hamburger. I think I need to get back to stump socks.

  9. Can someone design an inflatable liner a double skin inner similar to a ski boot liner popular in the eighties I think just a thought.I am a dental tech we make every weird thing you can think of,titanium gold alloy chrome ceramic three d printing polycarbonate injection moulding,there is a similar connection to both methods of fabrication.

  10. Oh my God I can't believe i have never put a stump sock on my head! I feel so commonplace and uncreative. runs off to find a stump sock for 'ead  

  11. I have really enjoyed U vids. Glad to know someone else wears their stump socks as hats too! LoL… I'm a LKD ( left knee disarticulation) since 2013 and this new life is a hard adjustment. Your vids are informative and funny. Keep up the good work!!!

  12. I have relined my socket using dental putty,it has made a real difference to the resorbtion of the residual limb especially around the lower area.

  13. you are awesome, i am a 62 year oid amputee of the left leg and below the knee and all your videos have been a great comfort to me ! keep up he good work and please do more tutorials ,, you inspire me and help me to not give up on my myself,,, thanks again from Cheryl from grand junction ,colorado…

  14. After a few years you may not even need to use socks at all, once your residual limb has finished shrinking and reached a stable size.
    I have not had to use a sock for quite some time now, and it certainly makes getting ready in the morning much easier.
    It takes more time for me to lace up and tie my right boot than it takes to put on my prosthetic left leg.
    I have found that above the ankle boots help to stabilize both my real leg and my prosthetic leg by providing some additional support to both.
    I've always loved your videos and wish that you would make some more now that your a few more years into being an amputee.

  15. Where did you get that socket fabric cover, I need just two plain black ones but not sure where to get them bc I can’t sew lol?

  16. Sir, please help me, I want your help, two years ago in the accident, one of my legs was cut, so long as I was looking for someone like you, to help me step, please help me, I would like to walk two legs again. Please sir
    01988786728..its my mobile number..and i'm from Bangladesh.. 🙁 🙁 :'(

  17. Thank you for all of the info you share. I am a recent amputee RBKA 12/1/17 and have learned so much from your videos!! Thank you a million times over!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *