Below-Knee Suspension Sleeves and How they Work

Below-Knee Suspension Sleeves and How they Work

A well-fitting below-knee suspension sleeve is an important component of the overall prosthetic suspension system. Without it, you may notice a lack of suction, which could negatively affect how your device connects to your residual limb. 

As prosthetic experts, Horizon Orthotic & Prosthetic Experience educates all of our patients on suspension sleeves and their benefits. If you want more information, keep reading for what you should know about below-knee suspension sleeves. 

What is a suspension sleeve?

A suspension sleeve fits over the socket and up onto the thigh. They are used to seal air into the socket to adhere the device to the limb. This tightness greatly reduces the amount of excess movement while still allowing the knee to have some freedom and mobility. 

Suspension sleeves are made out of a variety of materials including:

  • Neoprene
  • Silicone Gel
  • Thermoplastic elastomer
  • Urethane

Keep in mind that proper application is key to the efficacy of a sleeve. If you put your sleeve on incorrectly, it could lead to skin irritation. You should also replace your suspension sleeves when you notice wear and tear. Therefore, always check for signs of tears and holes that could affect the sleeve’s suction ability. 

How to take care of your suspension sleeve

Proper care helps to reduce wear and tear so your below-knee suspension sleeve lasts longer. Below are a few quick tips to keep your sleeve in good condition.

  • Hand wash your sleeve each week and dry with a towel. Do not put it in the dryer. 
  • Don’t fold your sleeve while you’re storing it. This could cause creasing. 
  • Avoid stretching and pulling your sleeve during application. You should carefully roll the sleeve over your limb.
  • If you notice holes or tears, visit your prosthetist for a replacement. A good sign of holes is when you notice a loss of suction or vacuum.

Learn more about below-knee suspension sleeves in Kansas City with Hope KC

If you’re looking for more information about suspension sleeves, our team at Horizon Orthotic & Prosthetic Experience can offer you the expertise you need. We have six different locations in the Kansas City metro area and other Missouri cities to help you achieve your goals. Plus, we create customized prosthetics that are made with the patient’s specific needs in mind. 

At the end of the day, we give our patients HOPE by providing them with the tools to have their dream lifestyle.

Contact us for more information or if you’re seeking a prosthetic device for you or a loved one.