Diabetic Patient Care: Rx for Success - June 2007

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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...

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Feature

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?

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Feature

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...

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Feature

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...

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Perspective

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...

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Today's Consumer

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)...

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Innovations

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...

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Sports

Sports News


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...

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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...

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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...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs
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...

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Letters

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...

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Viewpoint

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...

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