How to Waterproof an Artificial Leg

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How to Waterproof an Artificial Leg
Waterproofing your prosthetic leg prevents corrosion and deterioration. (PhotoObjects.net/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Waterproofing your artificial leg is imperative because you risk damaging your prosthetic limb. Understanding how to completely waterproof your leg gives you confidence in bathing and swimming. Sometimes you need only waterproof the foot or ankle, which is a much easier task than waterproofing the entire leg. But if you swim, make sure you waterproof any bolts or other obscure areas that may suffer from water damage.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Waterproof slip cover
  • Waterproof liquid bandage
  • Waterproof prosthetic leg

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Apply a coat of "New Skin" or any kind of liquid bandage or waterproof foot paint on the artificial leg's surface.

  2. 2

    Put on a rubber suspension sleeve or other waterproof material that covers the entire leg and allows you to move easily in the water.

  3. 3

    Attach a waterproof, removable foot to the base of the prosthetic leg for water use.

  4. 4

    Apply a covering or foot paint to the detachable prosthetic foot or ankle if the prosthesis is not stainless steel.

Tips and warnings

  • Swim or enter water without your prosthesis, if you are comfortable doing so.
  • Do not enter the water without a waterproof prosthetic leg or applying waterproof material to your leg.

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