Our information on COVID-19 for you

We are guided by our mission of helping people maintain or regain their freedom of movement – and this is especially true now, as the coronavirus pandemic is challenging all of us in ways we’ve never experienced before.

That’s why we’re here for you! We’ve compiled information on this page to help you stay active, get advice from clinical experts and communicate with others. This is our way of living out the motto “stronger together” and supporting each other in difficult times like these.

Follow us on social media, try out fitness tips from Paralympic athletes past and present and discover strategies that support mental health and well-being. We also invite you to check out our live events on Facebook and YouTube, which put you in direct contact with the people in our online community.

Ask us

As a healthcare company, we have a special responsibility towards our users and patients. We’re here for you even in difficult times and are ready to support you with advice and assistance.

Please contact us if you have questions or need support:

You can continue to get in touch with our Patient Care companies online as well.

Fitness for amputees home workout: join live sessions and train with our athletes

Welcome to our fitness workouts! We’re looking forward to training at home together with you. We’re hosting regular live sessions on the Passion for Paralympics Facebook channel and on our Ottobock YouTube channel.

Get involved and follow us on the above channels so you don’t miss any trainings.

We offer a fitness app for you:

Looking for more? The Fitness for Amputees app covers a range of easy-to-follow exercises that have been specially developed by experienced Ottobock physiotherapists for people with a unilateral leg amputation. Over 25,000 amputees around the entire world use the app for targeted workouts and to boost their strength.

You can download the app here:

Download from the Apple App Store for iOS devices
Download from the Google Play Store for Android devices

Hygiene tips

Hygiene is an important issue for amputees – not just during the coronavirus outbreak, but on a daily basis. This section provides you with useful video tips on cleaning a liner or residual limb. We’ve also included mobilisation recommendations:

How can I clean my liner?

Cleaning your liner is part of your daily routine now. In this video, we provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to clean your liner and store it properly overnight.

Skin care for amputees

Your residual limb needs to be washed every day like any other part of the body. What does skin care involve after an amputation? And what should you keep in mind when cleaning your residual limb?

Scar care and scar mobilisation

In this short video, we explain what scar care should ideally involve after an amputation and how you can keep your amputation scar supple by mobilising the scar. If you do the scar desensitisation exercises regularly, the scar will become accustomed to contact and will be able to bear the weight of your body more effectively in the prosthesis later on.

How can stretching exercises prevent muscle contractures?

Stretching exercises help you to prevent muscle contractures after an amputation or counteract existing muscle contractures while we’re all at home. Doing stretching exercises after the amputation promotes mobility in your residual limb, which is indispensable for achieving a natural gait with the prosthesis. In this video, we show you how to do the exercises step by step.

How can moving the residual limb prevent muscle contractures?

Muscle contractures can negatively affect your gait with your prosthesis. In this video, we show you exercises that you can do after your amputation to prevent muscle contractures. Maintaining mobility in your residual limb is helpful when it comes to achieving an ordinary looking gait with your prosthesis. Start doing the exercises as early as possible after the amputation – as soon as your doctor has given you the go-ahead.

Digital Learning Experience

The development of the Corona Pandemic has changed our day-to-day life as well as our worklife. Our aim is to support you in the best way we can during this time. We are convinced that knowledge build-up is a key factor for our branche.

Free Online Training

Ottobock Academy has developed a new digital learning platform to provide online trainings. we want to encourage and enable everybody to study from the comfort of their home, office or workshop. We offer you the opportunity to stay up to date on products, techniques and practices.

Take a look and start to explore now: ottobock.com/academy.html

We developed this service especially for professionals and offer it for free to support you during this time as best as we can.