To the Editor:
I have just had the opportunity to read the June 1998 Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development Vol. 35 No. 2.
This is in relationship to the subject "Material properties of commonly-used interface materials and their static coefficients of friction with skin and socks" [pp 161-176 by Sanders, Greve, Mitchell, and Zachariah].
Inasmuch as I have been wearing two Symes prostheses for over fifty years, I have had some actual encounters with this.
I find that when the skin and bones make contact with the very hard prosthesis, severe pain is encountered. This is a result of compression friction and not proper fitting of the prosthesis.
Conclusion: To prevent severe skin irritation and burns as a result of this, all prostheses should have a sheath of sponge or some type of material to offset these problems.
Paul F. Ziegelhofer
Cheektawaga, NY 14225
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