Liners in the Skeo range
The liner plays an important role in connecting the prosthesis to the residual limb. For this reason, it’s important to carefully consider the selection of the liner.
Thanks to the special material properties of silicone, the liners in the Skeo product range are able to stabilise even residual limbs that are covered by a lot of soft tissue. The liners are also very durable. Depending on the model, a low-friction textile cover or a silky smooth exterior coating ensures easy handling during day-to-day use. This makes it easier for you to don the prosthetic socket. The Skeo liners are also easy to clean.
Ottobock’s Skeo liners are equipped with further characteristics and functions which should be given at least equal importance in your choice of a liner. The Skeo Pure is a transparent liner, the Skeo 3D has an anatomical shape and the Skeo Skinguard is equipped with an antibacterial additive.
Skeo Pure – the transparent liner
You can visually check the appearance of your skin while wearing the liner. The liner is also easy to clean and dries quickly.
Skeo Skinguard – with antibacterial additive
An antibacterial additive prevents the growth of bacteria due to perspiration. Odours are minimised as a result.
Skeo 3D – anatomical lower leg liner
The material is thinner in the hollow of the knee, which makes bending the knee easier. It is thicker in other areas to pad sensitive regions.
Skeo 3D – anatomical thigh liner
Soft tissue is comfortably embedded and enclosed to provide support.
No single liner is appropriate for everyone, because residual limb characteristics differ considerably from one user to the next. That’s why we offer liners made of different materials and with various characteristics for your customised fitting.
Liners in the Caleo product range contain nourishing, medical grade white oil that meets the highest standards for purity and compatibility. Thanks to the nourishing effect of the white oil, the Caleo liners are therefore also suitable for users who have sensitive or dry skin on their residual limb. Among other things, the excellent fit of the liners is due to the fact that the orthotics and prosthetics professional can warm the material during the fitting, and therefore adapt it particularly well to the individual shape of the residual limb. Caleo liners are highly elastic, soft and pleasant to wear.
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User information for liner
Here you will find tips and tricks for the daily use of your liner and care of your residual limb.
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Liner selection aid
Everything at a glance ‒ This selection aid shows you the features of all liners.
Check whether the residual limb and inside of the liner are dry before donning the liner. Then, please turn the liner inside out as far as possible and hold it so that the bulge at the lower end (cap) is facing you. Place this bulge at the end of your residual limb and roll the liner up evenly and carefully. You can then don the residual limb sock.
Avoid displacing soft tissue and forming wrinkles or air pockets. Do not pull on the edge of the liner or damage the surface with sharp fingernails or other sharp objects.
The liner is donned just like a liner without a pin. However, please note: If there is a pin, it must point in the direction of the lengthwise axis of the residual limb. For better alignment, use markings that you and your O&P professional have determined together for orientation. When you then don the residual limb sock, it must be pulled on in such a way that the pin remains free. The pin is pulled through the hole at the lower end of the sock.
Liners without a textile cover have a smooth exterior coating to make donning easier. For silicone liners (Skeo product range), you can also use a donning spray; for polyurethane liners (Uneo product range), there are special lubricating creams that you can apply. Please do not use any powder.
The liner is simply rolled down. Please ensure that the edge of the liner does not roll up into a bulge that compresses the tissue.
The liner should be cleaned after every use, at least once daily. Turn the liner inside out and wash it under lukewarm water with the special Derma Clean neutral cleaning lotion. Then rinse it thoroughly and dry the inside with a lint-free towel. Afterwards, turn the liner right side out again and clean the outside as well under running water or with a damp cloth.
Please note: Do not put the liner in the washing machine or dryer. Use only your hands and no other utensils to wash the liner. Do not use any soaps with scented or dye additives or any antibacterial cleaning agents containing alcohol.
Allow your liner to dry on the liner drying stand so that it keeps its shape. The stand is available in two sizes for thigh and lower leg liners. Please do not place your liner on a heater or in the sun to dry.
You can prevent pressure points and abrasion with proper skin care. Mild cleansing: Use the special cleaning lotion to cleanse your skin. Simply spray it on, massage it into the skin, then rinse it off well and dry your skin.
Help for irritated skin: Apply a special basic skincare product in the evening after cleaning. It moisturises and soothes irritated skin, improves circulation and supports regeneration and cell growth.
Protection: If you wear a silicone liner (Skeo product range), you can rub a drop of the special skin protection onto your skin before putting the liner on. This protects the skin, has an antibacterial effect, and prevents excessive perspiration and odour formation.
Perspiration may increase during the first few weeks in particular. You should therefore clean the liner several times a day; we also recommend having a replacement liner close to hand. If these measures do not lead to improvement, ask your O&P professional for advice. There may be various reasons – from a poor liner fit to the wrong type of liner material.
There are red stripes on my skin at the height of the liner edge. What is the reason for this and what can I do about it?
Red stripes can appear with silicone liners, particularly in areas where the liner moves a lot on the skin, e.g. on the kneecap or at the edge of the liner. Please contact your O&P professional, who will work with you to find a solution.
My liner contains the Skinguard antibacterial additive. Does this mean that I don’t need to clean the liner as often?
The Skinguard antibacterial additive protects the liner from bacteria and the resulting unpleasant odours. Skinguard supports hygiene, which cannot be achieved just by washing the liner daily. However, Skinguard is not a substitute for daily care. Daily cleaning is the only way to remove grease and oil, for example.
Steam sterilisers are suitable only for cleaning silicone liners, and thus naturally for Ottobock’s Skeo products as well. However, in order to provide a customised fitting that meets your specific needs, we use other materials for some of our products, such as the Caleo and Uneo liners. These liners are not suitable for cleaning in steam sterilisers.