The Pros and Cons of Computerized Foot Orthotic Technology - November 2004

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The Pros and Cons of Computerized Foot Orthotic Technology
By Miki Fairley


We tend to take our feet for granted--until problemsdevelop! Although many people believe that each foot onlytakes half your body weight during walking, actually walkingcreates forces through the feet of about one to two times bodyweight. And in a...

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Feature

Triplanar Control for Foot Orthoses
By Marmaduke Loke


Do corrective foot orthoses need to incorporatetriplanar control? Marmaduke Loke, Dynamic Bracing Solutions,Encinitas, California, believes the answer is yes, and discusseshis reasons below: Although my comments may be controversial to some peopl...

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Feature

Advice for O&P Newbies From Those Who Have Been There
By Judith Philipps Otto


To new ones in the orthotics and prosthetics field,those that have been there, done that often can provide practicaladvice to help them to hang on to those high ideals while theynavigate the real world. Justin Foster, CPO , who, when freshout of s...

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Leading EDGE

Three Simple Recruitment Tips
By Kelly Smith


The strong demand for healthcare professionalscontinues at full throttle, leaving some department managers andtheir skeletal crews gasping for air. The longer the positionremains open, the shorter the patience of yourstaff. As a staffing expert, w...

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DC Direct

Kazynski and Filippis Named to Competitive Bidding Committee


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announcedSeptember 24 the names of 21 nominees who were selected as membersof the Competitive Bidding Program Advisory Oversight Committee(PAOC). The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Mo...

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Today's Consumer

Young Bilateral Amputee 'an Everyday Hero'
By Miki Fairley


Ryan Shewell has had several heroes, and in theprocess, has become somewhat of a hero himself. In fact, he hasbeen described as an everyday hero. Ryan's passion is sports and his two children arehis inspiration.

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Innovations

Silver Fabric Brings Benefits to O&P
By Miki Fairley


Besides millennia as a sought-after precious metalfor money, jewelry, and household items, silver also provides manyhealth benefits. The ancients knew about this secret of silver: forinstance, the Romans used silver to cover wounds to promoteheali...

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Stepping Out

Morton’s Neuroma, Morton’s Syndrome: Different Diagnoses Require Separate Orthotic Modifications
By Seamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


Few words in biomechanics cause as much confusion as the term "Morton's". "Morton's" is simultaneously two different foot diagnoses - and also potentially three separate orthotic modifications! The primary misunderstanding stems from the fact that...

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Sports Page

Amputee Woman Biker Captures Success in Rugged Rally
By Miki Fairley


I rode, I crashed, and I rode a bunch more, justlike all the other riders. At no time was my amputation a handicap.My prosthesis really did let me ride and participate to the limitof my abilities! I had such an amazing adventure, and I am so gladt...

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Sports Page

Olympics Brings Recognition to Pedorthics
By Miki Fairley


What was it like to be part of the first-everpedorthics team to volunteer at the Olympics? Excitement and enthusiasm overflow from Donna Robertson, CPed, ATC,as she describes her experiences during the 2004 Summer Olympics inAthens, Greece. The te...

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Association Spotlight

AOPA Meeting Draws Crowd Despite Hurricanes


Despite the spate of battering hurricanes, tropical storms, andconcern of more possible attacks from the elements, the AmericanOrthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) 2004 National Assemblydrew a sizable attendance. Held in Hollywood, Florida, Se...

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Association Spotlight

ACA Promotes Equality in Care


The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) ispromoting equality in medical care with the Prosthetic Parity LawState Organizer's Kit, the organization announced recently. After identifying access to care as the single most importantconcern among people...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


The future of your practice depends onknowledgeable billing and collection information. Understanding thefull aspect of billing guidelines and procedures will effectivelyincrease your reimbursement. This informative column will helpproviders and t...

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Profile

Roger Marzano, CPO, CPed


Roger Marzano, CPO, CPed Yanke Bionics Clinics Inc. Akron, Ohio What is the best advice you've everreceived? The best advice came from my mentor, Mark Yanke, CPO, CPed.

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Perspective

“We Can!”
By Mike Forgrave, CPed (c), CPed


In August of 2004, ten certified pedorthists brokenew ground for our profession. They were the first certifiedpedorthists invited to treat athletes at a Summer Olympics. As partof the foot and ankle team in the Polyclinic, we were workinghand-in-h...

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Viewpoints

From the Editor: Innovation—Making Life Easier
By Miki Fairley


Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation isdoing new things. -- Theodore Levitt, professoremeritus and former editor, Harvard Business Review .

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