Neoprene alternatives? Please help! (Cross-posted)
Hey, guys -- just posted this in Foo, where it was suggested I cross-post here. I'd appreciate any and all help! The original post is here
For the past 10 years, I've worn custom-made neoprene inserts in my prosthesis (I had a rotationplasty
23 years ago). Unfortunately, I've recently developed an allergy to neoprene and can't wear the leg for more than a few hours without a bad reaction -- even if I wear thick, non-irritating prosthetic socks. This reaction can be bad enough to put me in hospital, as I discovered in September.
Getting a new leg made without the need for an insert/boot isn't an option, since I just got a new leg last year and can't afford another new one right now. So: What can I use as a replacement for neoprene?
Ideally, I'm looking for something that is soft/cushiony, durable and washable -- three huge advantages of neoprene. Super-thick socks aren't an option, as they would restrict my range of motion. I need something that fits over just the foot and doesn't get in the way of bending my ankle. The boot I have now is made of neoprene that's a bit less than 1 cm thick.