Diabetic Patient Care: Education+Teamwork = Rx for Success
By Sherry Metzger
Taking a comprehensive, education-focused, team approach to patient care goes a long way to improving quality of life for persons with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) estimates that more than 20 million adults and children in thi...
Is Offering Diabetic Shoes a Good Fit for Your Practice?
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed
"I have diabetes, but why should I wear special shoes? Why can't I just buy my shoes from a local department store like everyone else?" LEAP monofilament test. Sound familiar?
Effectiveness of Splinting on Hammertoe
By Karen A. Oscar, BS, MPT, Rachel M. Morris, BS, MPT, Russell M. Woodman, DPT, FSOM, OCS, MCTA
Hammertoe is one of the most common problems presented to foot and ankle surgeons with the patient complaining about pain and the inability to bear weight on the affected foot. It is characterized by an extended metatarsophalangeal joint of five d...
Surf or Shower
By Gordon Zernich, CP, BOCP
Richard Riley's low-cost swim/shower prosthesis has opened up a new world for him-not to mention his shower door. If anything can be said for amputees who also work in the trenches of their own private O&P practice, it may be this: they can fabric...
O&P Outcomes Initiative Is Launched
By Scott D. Cummings, PT, CPO, FAAOP
If you are wondering about the recent concern over outcomes, you are not alone. Simmering just below the surface for the past few years, the need for outcome studies in the O&P profession is finally getting more widespread attention because of the...
Rick Cavens, Ken Cook, Jeff Hancock, and Dan Stone: 'Team Rebuild' Inspires at Pole Pedal Paddle
By Sherry Metzger
From left: Jeff Hancock, Dan Stone, Rick Cavens, and Ken Cook. Every May in Bend, Oregon , the locals come out to cheer and watch as athletes participate in one of the region's most popular outdoor events of the year-The Pole Pedal Paddle (PPP)...
Socket Can Be Fabricated, Modified, Fitted—in One Hour
By Miki Fairley
An innovative idea that saves time and money, plus makes life easier for both patient and prosthetist, is always welcome. The SocketCone™, a quickly cast and fabricated socket, has a multitude of potential uses according to Chesapeake Medical Prod...
British Columbia Bike Ride to Benefit Rehab Hospital Cyclists, including amputees, hand cyclists, and able-bodied cyclists, are invited to join the Out of a Limb bike ride September 9-15 in British Columbia, Canada, said Steve Middleton, event or...
Face to Face
Five Questions for Preston K. Watts Jr., CPO
Preston Watts Jr., CPO, owner of Alabama Prosthetics and Orthotics Inc. in Montgomery , was a truck driver in Memphis, Tennessee, when he decided he wanted to do something else with his life. With two previous years of college study, he found t...
Progress on Parity
ACA Conference Kicks off a Summer of Parity Events
By Morgan Sheets
Many state legislatures are wrapping up for theyear, but several state bills are still on the move. Activists havebeen fighting hard to push Pennsylvania's HouseBill 317. We are shooting for a floor vote in the House before itadjourns for the summ...
By Lisa Lake-Salmon
Denials are difficult to identify and time-consuming to appeal. With competitive bidding, mandatory accreditation, aging technology, increased billing errors, running an O&P shop sure can be a challenge! Q: I am an O&P practitioner in the sta...
Letters to the Editor
The following letters are in response to the Perspective in the April 2007 issue of The O&P EDGE: " A Letter to All Orthotists ," by Peggy Pascal. A Needed Reminder The recent letter to all orthotists by Peggy Pascal that was written s...
Awareness Starts with You
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) estimates that more than 20 million adults and children in the United States have diabetes. If the prevalence of diabetes in the United States isn't overwhelming enough, the worldwide figures are even more a...
SPS is pleased to introduce the NEW
Innovator DLXTM post-op brace from
Royce Medical, an Ossur company.
Includes the following key features:
- Extensive overall adjustability with touch-of-a-button
- Superior durability.
- Simple, easy-to-use hinge settings.
- OneTouchTM drop lock feature.
- Gastroc strap limits migration and reduces pistoning.
- Removable slide-to-size struts allow for easy length
adjustments from 17 to 28 in.
- Removable struts to shorten to 17 in.
- Available in cool and full soft-good versions. Cool version can
be worn over pants or against the skin.
Ohio Willow Woods Trailblazer MA
(multiaxial), available from PEL Supply, takes the original
Trailblazer foot to the next level of motion and performance. This
new foot and ankle combination allows for exceptional performance
and stability on various types of terrains. The Compound Spring
SystemTM, composite materials, and the design of the
foot and ankle provide increased deflection, energy return, and
durability. The PerforMaxTM heel allows for three heel
spring options. The Trailblazer MA is lightweight
(460g), has a minimum clearance of 8.95cm, and a weight limit of
PEL Supply Company
New from Endolite, the TT PRO perfectly balances
shock absorption and energy management.
- Energy-efficient coil spring for vertical compression.
- New torsion rod provides 30 degrees of rotation each direction
from neutral position.
- New bearing surface responds over a greater range of the stance
- Instant compression at heel strike and smoother energy return
- 30mm pylon and clamp option available.
Becker Oregons first new Master
Catalog is now available in both hard copy and CD. New
product lines ranging from metal and leather and thermoplastic
custom orthoses to prefabricated orthoses have been added to
broaden the scope of our product offering. Please call us today to
request your free copy.
Receive a FREE 30-can rolling cooler with every
SPS purchase order for a new SilhouetteTM
LP or the original Silhouette prosthetic foot,
manufactured by Freedom Innovations.
This offer is valid on all orders placed through
June 30, 2007.
The new Silhouette LP incorporates an integral
titanium male pyramid adapter ensuring easy and secure socket
attachment. Delivering the same performance and slim profile as the
original Silhouette, the Silhouette LP simplifies
the fitting process to save time and money.
The Knee Pyramid Adapter (P/N AC-195) provides more Silhouette
A sophisticated medical device,
WalkAide®, available exclusively through SPS,
uses advanced sensor technology to restore functionality to those
with foot drop. WalkAide addresses the lack of
ankle dorsiflexion secondary to an upper-motor neuron lesion.
People who have suffered a stroke, spinal cord injury, or disease
process associated with disruption of the upper-motor neuron system
may benefit from this technology.
WalkAide is a Class II device with sales
restricted by physician prescription and disbursement through
certified practitioners. Please contact your SPS regional sales
manager to register for one of the upcoming
WalkAideTM training courses.
Through August 31, 2007, a versatile
street pak and a new four-hole female
rotator are yours with every SPS purchase of the
redesigned OFM2 knee by
The OFM2, a lightweight (425g) monocentric knee
joint, can be used as both a locking joint with manual release and
as a free-swing knee joint as the amputees mobility advances. The
improved lanyard design ensures a more robust performance.
The new four-hole female rotator allows fine tuning of alignment
by loosening only two horizontal screws and provides full access
and 360-degree rotation capability.
The FullStrideTM is
now available as a custom KAFO through Becker Oregon. The
FullStride is a stance-control knee joint that
automatically locks and unlocks during the gait cycle, providing
natural movement with superior stability and comprehensive knee
joint control. If the needs of the patient change over time, the
FullStride can be easily converted into an
automatic spring-lever lock-knee joint.
Through June 30, 2007, Becker Oregon is offering a special
promotion on all thermoplastic-designed FullStride
KAFOs. Please call us today for details.
High-performance socks with a dress-sock look!
Our Healthy SolesTM socks are made
with non-allergenic, high-wicking CoolMAXTM fiber with
X-StaticTM silver yarn for antimicrobial protection.
Socks come in SM, M, and LG; ankle high and mid-calf styles; and
four colors (black, white, brown, and beige).
Patient-friendly, non-restrictive top provides comfortable fit
without compromising circulation. Advanced seaming technology
minimizes irritation. Just what you would expect from the
industry's innovation leader.
Call us for a FREE sample. Comfort Products: The innovation
leader in knitted O&P products.
Practitioners can now create custom breast
prostheses using OMEGA® Tracer® and
ContourMeds fabrication services.
A custom breast prosthesis is made by using the OMEGA Scanner to
capture a highly detailed and accurate three- dimensional image of
the intact breast shape in a bra. The shape is then mirrored for
the prosthesis and combined with a captured shape of the incision
site on the chest wall. The merged images create a breast
prosthesis' front and back, matching the chest wall
contours for a unique and comfortable fit.
Ohio Willow Wood
Maximum comfort intersects with durability and
economy at SPS in the form of the GP (general purpose) gel
This unique gel liner combines the softness,
strength, and elasticity of the ALPS EasyGel with the comfort,
durability, and pricing users need.
Includes the following unique features:
- New distal-end encapsulation; retrofits most liners on the
- Warranty: one liner-12 months; two liners-24 months.
- High-performance fabric improves durability.
- Slightly tacky feel reduces bunching in the popliteal
- Both locking and cushion versions available in 3mm/6mm uniform
ISO Technologies Inc., a leader in custom foam
fabrication, is pleased to offer ISO Fab Rigid
Foam for the prosthetics and orthotics industry. Suitable
for any carver, ISO Fab Rigid Foam is available in
all common sizes for BKs, AKs, TLSOs, AFOs, and KAFOs. Custom
orders are always welcome. At ISO, our only business is foam, so we
can keep the prices low without sacrificing quality.
- Complete billing and collection service, using
LIVE HIPAA-compliant customizable software (no additional
- Operational reports enabling you to maintain a low cost of
- OPRS is on the leading edge of the latest updates in the
- Customized services to meet the diversity in all O&P
facilities, large or small.
- Complete billing service from initial claim submission through
- Too small for staff? We provide front-office insurance
verification and data entry.
- 100-percent electronic claim capability to expedite cash
- CMS-1500 NPI claim compliant.
OPRS Billing Services
The WPC Compressor from Westcoast
Brace & Limb has proven to be effective in minimizing the
pectus carinatum deformity in mild to moderate cases.
Includes the following features and benefits:
- Three design styles depending on severity and gender.
- Minimal hardware.
- Easy to wear.
- Cosmetically appealing.
Westcoast Brace & Limb
KISS (Keep It Simple Suspension)
eliminates pistoning and rotation in the prosthetic suspension for
exceptional proprioception and control as well as increased hip
tracking throughout the gait cycle. KISS
accommodates any contracture; supports active, pediatric, and
geriatric levels; and is equally effective on fluctuating volume
and mature limbs.
Designed for control and comfort, KISS suspends
distally or proximally. Ultra-low build height (3mm adult, 2mm
pediatric); infinitely adjustable and customizable. Thermoformed,
laminated, or endoskeletal attachment. KISS has no
mechanical components, no pin ratchet, is water and shock proof,
and accommodates for growth.
This is a high-performance, heavy-duty accessory
designed for the most demanding weight training.
The Black Iron Master (BIM) provides
unparalleled security and stability for heavy weight lifting, bench
pressing, dumbbell flys, dead lifts, squatting, etc. It is also
useful for adapting to a wide variety of other exercise equipment
available in modern fitness facilities.
A swinging gate clamps the bar between rubber saddles. It is
manually secured in place with a large wing nut. There are no quick
release or other breakaway features. Forged aluminum and steel
construction. Load rating 1,650 lb.
Leo G. Stein & Co. has the solution. Our
in-stock strap program features several types of
- Dacron®- backed
- "C" Fold
All these straps are available in several
widths, lengths, and colors. Why spend time fabricating a strap
when we have it in stock? Custom straps are
available with small minimum requirements. Call us for details.
We also stock carbon and fiberglass braids, PVA sleeves, chafes,
rivets, Dacron, and Velcro® brand hook and loop at discounted
Leo G. Stein & Co
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