Socket Technology

Modern liner technology provides excellent cushioning, but the impermeable and insulating material can allow a build-up of warmth and moisture.

The Presence of Sweat

Over the course of a day, sweat will start to build up, acting as a lubricant. Over time, the limb will start to move relative to the liner, causing discomfort for the amputee and reduced control.

The additional movement of the residual limb can lead to increased relative movement and pistoning. This results in reduced ground clearance, compensatory gait patterns and increased energy expenditure, as well as creating an ideal breeding ground for bacteria.

Sweat in traditional liner

What this means for Amputees

The impact of sweat between the skin and liner includes chafing and skin breakdown resulting in socket discomfort, loss of security and a less symmetrical gait.

There is a greater risk of trips and falls, as well as the inconvenience of having to stop and refit the liner throughout the day.

Current Socket Design

Interface liners with vacuum suspension are widely considered to be state-of-the-art in socket technology. While vacuum systems expel air from between the socket and liner, the liner itself is made of an impermeable material, meaning air and moisture become trapped between skin and liner.

Current Socket Design

Silcare Breathe Active SBTTCP25L Cushion Liner

Introducing Silcare Breathe Cushion Liner

Stretch Zones

Seamless knitting technology provides bi-directional stretch to improve comfort and contouring. Reduces direct force on the knee as it flexes.

Tendresse™ Finish

Provides a lower coefficient of friction than standard silicone, reducing shear stresses on the skin.

Laser Perforations

Optimally-sized pores distributed uniformly along the length and distal end of the liner permit the escape of moisture.

Use with a one-way valve on the socket helps to generate a better vacuum and more secure fit.

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