Why Silcare Breathe?
The Silcare Breathe liner allows amputees to stay cool and comfortable all day long – a new direction in silicone liner technology.
An Innovation in Liner Technology
Silcare Breathe Liners feature laser drilled perforations along the length and distal end to allow moisture to escape, resulting in drier skin and a healthier environment for the residual limb. Managing moisture in this way helps to reduce the damaging effects of friction and improves comfort and control.
The action of walking and weight bearing on the liner also expels air through the pores, and with the use of a one way valve, helps to generate a better vacuum and more secure fit, allowing the user to wear their prosthesis for longer as they benefit from an improved fit throughout the day.
How Silcare Breathe Works
The patented technology of Silcare Breathe works by letting air and perspiration normally trapped between the liner and skin escape through specially shaped holes. This helps increase comfort and reduce the damaging effects of friction on damp tissues often encountered with standard prosthetic liners. The motion of the person walking and pressing on the liner with their limb also expels air through the holes, and with the use of a one-way valve, helps to generate a better vacuum and more secure fit.
Traditional vacuum systems expel air between the interface liner and the socket and can leave air and moisture trapped inside the liner. With Silcare Breathe, the perforations allow the vacuum to draw air and moisture not only from between the liner and socket but also from between the skin and liner to help improve suspension, security and comfort.
Optimal control of a prosthetic limb depends on a comfortable and secure connection between limb and socket. Modern liner technology provides excellent cushioning, but the impermeable and insulating materials can allow a build-up of heat and moisture so they begin to slip and chafe. Air, perspiration and unnecessary movement can cause a loss of connection, compromised stability and damage to residual skin, potentially affecting mobility, safety and independence.
The patented technology of Silcare Breathe works by letting the air and perspiration that are often trapped between the liner and skin to escape through specially designed laser drilled perforations. The air and moisture are then expelled from the socket as the wearer walks, resulting in drier skin and a healthier environment for the residual limb. This helps to increase comfort and control, and reduce the damaging effects of relative motion on damp tissues that is often encountered with standard prosthetic liners.
The Silcare Breathe Locking Liner combines the patented technology of the Silcare Breathe Cushion Liner, with the security of a locking system and unique one way valve on the liner, creating an airtight seal between the skin and the inner surface of the liner.
No separate suspension sleeve is required with Silcare Breathe Locking Liner, contributing to a cooler environment for skin and a more comfortable limb and socket connection.
Uni-directional stretch at the distal end resists pistoning whilst bi-directional stretch at the proximal end allows for comfortable knee flexion, whilst the TendressTM Finish means a lower coefficient of friction than standard silicone reduces shear stress on the skin.