Questions Answered, Promises Kept

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By Karen Henry
Karen Henry

Our cover story this month began with a question-a couple of questions actually. Over the last several years, we have come across news stories that detail the experiences of U.S. soldiers who have returned to combat operations following an amputation.

"Previously, a soldier who lost a limb almost automatically received a quick discharge, a disability check, and an appointment with the Veterans Administration," notes Michelle Roberts in her May 30, 2007, article, "Amputee Soldiers Return to Active Duty." She continues, "In an about-face by the Pentagon, the military is putting many more amputees back on active duty-even back into combat, in some cases."

And so we wondered, "Why would soldiers who have had amputations in the line of duty want to return to combat? How do they do it?" In her article, "Return to Combat," Pam Martin provides insight into these questions.

Last month, we announced that we had expanded our partnership with the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy) to provide you with more of the clinical content you have asked for. This month, I'm proud to present our first Society Spotlight article, "Managing the Aging Adult Prosthesis Candidate." Written by Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP, vice president of prosthetics for Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics, Austin, Texas, and president of the Academy's Lower Limb Prosthetics Society, this is the first of four articles that The O&P EDGE will present to you this year in conjunction with several of the Academy's Scientific Societies.

Miki Fairley rounds out our feature coverage this month with expert advice on how to "Help Your Patients Fight Obesity and Win!"

Ronnie Dickson has joined The O&P EDGE ranks as our newest Residency Report columnist. A graduate of the bachelor of science in orthotics and prosthetics program at St. Petersburg College, Florida, Ronnie will be detailing his experiences as he completes his residency at Prosthetic and Orthotic Associates, Orlando, Florida. You can read his first installment here.

As The O&P EDGE kicks off 2011, we do so with a promise of even more great things to come, and I hope that you'll continue to be a part of our success. Please send an e-mail to , and let me know if you have story ideas, stories to submit, comments, or questions. Thanks for reading.

Karen Henry

Congratulations to Our Pedorthic Congress Drawing Winner!

Mathew Wibel, CPed, from Tillges Certified Orthotic Prosthetic, Maplewood, Minnesota, is the winner of The O&P EDGE drawing for a $100 Amazon.com gift card that took place at the 2010 North American Pedorthic Congress. Congratulations!