Rotary: Changing Lives in Developing Countries
By Sherry Metzger
Vairo Chavez, a young Guatemalan man, hadn't been able to work since becoming a bilateral BK and AK amputee after he was electrocuted while working on a construction site. Emine Yuzay, a Turkish woman born without arms, would watch as her nine bro...
CPI: Clearing the Way for a Safer Future
By Brady Delander
Will and determination help expand worldly mission of Clear Path International. James Hathaway was late for his flight-"of course," he says-when he saw his opportunity. Imbert Matthee was deep in the jungles of Vietnam when the purpose of his effo...
ISPO: Painting a Brighter Picture for P&O Education Worldwide
By Miki Fairley
In 1970, a new development began to fuel better care worldwide for persons who suffer from neuromuscular and skeletal impairments. A group of farsighted rehabilitation professionals, including surgeons, prosthetists/orthotists, physical and occupa...
St. Louis Smiles: Humanitarian Efforts Changing One Life at a Time
By Sherry Metzger
After a tragic accident left both of his arms severely burned, Kesmy St. Louis underwent a double amputation. St.
Guides Tackle Challenges Facing O&P Services
The state of prosthetics and orthotics services is in serious need of attention in low-income countries, where the services have remained in a stagnant or declining condition for years. This fact is no secret, and the issue was examined at length...
Form and Function: New Hand Looks, Acts Like the Real Thing
By Karen Henry
When John German's left arm was amputated below the elbow in 1987, he initially resisted the idea that he could no longer be left-handed. German, who had undergone 17 surgeries-one of which almost cost him his life-suffered from thoracic outlet sy...
How to Be a Rock Star
By Paul Prusakowski, CPO, FAAOP
Last weekend I was thinking aboutsome of the most notable humanitarian aid awareness initiativesthat have occurred over the last few decades. Farm Aid, Live Aid,and USA for Africa are just a few that came to mind quickly. Iremember watching all th...
Diabetes Education: Meeting the Challenge for Your Patients
By Miki Fairley
Diabetes is a disease that can be controlled-or greatly exacerbated-by a patient's overall lifestyle. It's a disease that calls strongly for healthcare professionals to look at the "whole person," not just the aspect of the patient's health they a...
ACA Annual Conference Exceeds Attendance Projections
By Karen Henry
"I am here to motivate and inspire you."- Al Mead Motivation and inspiration are the hallmarks of the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) Annual Conference , and this year was no exception. More than 800 people-first-timers and seasoned ACA C...
'Robotic Tendon’ Puts Spring Back in Steps
By Miki Fairley
New device could provide amputees with a more powerful stride. When complete, the aptly nicknamed SPARKy device- short for Spring Ankle with Regenerative Kinetics-is expected to provide functionality with enhanced ankle motion and push-off power c...
Making the Sale and Securing a Residency
By Ronald A. Roiz, MSPO
Securing a residency started at an ideal time-midterms! Having been eager to figure out where I would be living after graduation, I dialed countless phone numbers from the start of the school year. However, it wasn't until sometime in February bef...
Pistorius' Saga Takes Turn Oscar Pistorius of South Africa performs in the men's 400m during the Norwich Union Grand Prix at the Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield, England. Photo: ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images It should have been a celebration f...
Face to Face
Five Questions for Rhonda F. Turner
Rhonda F. Turner, PhD, MBA, JD, CFM, BOCPO , is a self-proclaimed Parrot Head with a lifelong passion for medicine and an unquenchable desire for new challenges. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Jimmy Buffett fan worked as an emergency m...
Progress on Parity
Portrait of an Activist: Sean Brame
By Morgan Sheets
Sheets and Brame The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) has made a great deal of progress over the past year in the fight for prosthetic parity. Seven states now have laws in place, including Oregon, and there are 28 additional states that are cu...
By Lisa Lake-Salmon
Denials are difficult to identify andtime-consuming to appeal. With competitive bidding, mandatoryaccreditation, aging technology, and increased billing errors,running an O&P shop gets more complicated each year. Count onGot FAQs?' to help you sor...
Letters to the Editor
Thanks for the Memories I have just finished reading the April 2007 edition of The O&P EDGE and could not rest because of the memories that it brought to mind. Thank you. I have been involved in prosthetics since 1936, when my fathe...
Where to Begin?
By Karen Henry
In this issue we take a look at O&P and humanitarian and education efforts in developing countries around the world. On the surface, this seems cut-and-dried enough, but when we dug a little deeper, we started asking ourselves, "Where to begin?...
The BRIO allows instant heel
height changes while maintaining optimal alignment.
- Pyramid receiver attaches to any foot with a proximal male
- Single push button allows wearer to quickly adjust the foot
different shoes or activities.
- Maintains optimum alignment,
reducing stress on residual limb.
- Adjusts up to 1¼ in., 26cm foot.
- 275-lb. weight limit.
- Two-year warranty.
footwear, now available through SPS, has been expanded to
include more styles to provide a multitude of choices when aligning
a patients daily activities with functional needs and aesthetic
preferences. With simplified part numbers and standardized sizing,
Answer 2 footwear now can be
accurately measured on any non-branded Brannock and non-branded
Ritz Stick measuring device. New Answer 2 shoes
may be ordered in half pairs, mismatched sizes, or as a custom shoe
to meet all your fitting needs.
Becker Orthopedic is set for the United States
distribution of SpineCor®, a dynamic system
that utilizes postural re-education to target four key progression
factors of idiopathic scoliosis: neuro-musculo-skeletal
dysfunction; growth asymmetry; postural disorganization; and spinal
SpineCor includes the following advantages:
- Clinically proven to be 89 percent effective in a 400-patient,
- Documented Cobb angle reductions maintained for five years
- Custom made to measurement from Becker Central
- Dedicated U.S. technical/clinical support staff.
In an effort to make the introduction to Ossurs
Rheo Knee® and Proprio
Foot® as convenient as possible, SPS is offering
on-site training on these products. Molly Cooper,
CPO, SPS director of clinical and technical services, will visit
your facility and provide training for you and your staff.
The hands-on session will provide working
knowledge of how to properly select, specify, and utilize all the
functions of either the Rheo Knee or
Proprio Foot. Order either product through an SPS
sales manager and request on-site instruction.
The new Low Pro Summit Lock from
Coyote Design offers zero-clearance suspension for patients without
the space for other suspension methods.
The lock is mounted proximally, similar to the original Summit
Lock, so no room is required distally. There isnt even a need for a
The Low Pro Summit Lock is easier to don than
the original and easier to cover cosmetically. Its multiple-tooth
design walks itself into place allowing for touch-free engagement
Plaster casts or splinting a pediatric leg or foot
is difficult for the patient, parent, and practitioner. Therefore,
SPS is pleased to announce the immediate availability of
Bebax® and Clubax®, the
innovative orthoses for the convenient and effective treatment of
leg and foot deformities.
The multi-directional hinge of Bebax is quickly
and easily adjusted for abduction, adduction, pronation,
supination, and external or internal translation. The
multi-directional hinge of Clubax provides
movement in vertical, horizontal, or oblique planes. Various sizes
are available in both models.
SPS announces the opening of a new,
30,000-sq. ft. distribution
center in Middleton, Pennsylvania. SPS fourth facility
will ensure the ability to deliver products to customers in the
Northeast promptly and efficiently, often within one business
With distribution centers in Alpharetta, Georgia; Dallas, Texas;
Paso Robles, California; and now Middleton, SPS combined warehouse
space is more than 115,000 sq. ft. To provide full service from
coast to coast, all orders will be handled through the
service locations in Florida, Georgia, and California.
ALPS GP (general
purpose) Gel Liner, in stock at all four SPS distribution
centers, provides the perfect combination of strength, durability,
and value with a solid warranty. The GP Liner
features the softness, strength, and elasticity of the ALPS EasyGel
Liner with comfort and durability at a price that will make you
The GP Liner's unique attributes include a new
distal end encapsulation, which retrofits most liners on the market
and includes a minimum one-year warranty. Both locking and cushion
versions are available 3mm/6mm uniform configurations.
The new OMEGA® Tracer®
version 10 software focuses extensively on orthotic applications
when using the OMEGA Scanner. The new orthotic
capabilities enable practitioners to broaden patient services for
increased patient care and profitability.
Detailed insoles, cranials, knee braces, and custom breast
prostheses may be created by capturing shapes using the
OMEGA Scanner, modifying shapes via OMEGA
Tracer software tools, and fabricating at our
OMEGA Fab facility or a partner facility such as
Omega Tracer continues to make the creation of
prosthetic and orthotic devices easy, affordable, and profitable in
Ohio Willow Wood
Now available from Becker Orthopedic, the
PacificTM Adjustable Collar is designed
to provide patients with effective control of
cervical spine motion. Now, when necessary, that control can be
extended with a new Thoracic Extension option.
The extension is intended for low cervical/high thoracic
immobilization. It is available in one height-adjustable size and
easily snaps onto the Pacific Adjustable Collar.
The extension can be purchased separately or as a fully assembled
Juzo® Soft 2000 Stockings
are now available from PEL Supply. Juzo designed
these new stockings to be so soft and
inconspicuous, wearers will forget they have on a
Includes the following features:
- Knitted with unique FiberSoftTM weave.
- Opaque knit, virtually inconspicuous.
- Extremely soft and elastic for comfort, easy movement.
- Open or closed toe, in knee-high, thigh-high, and
- Compression 20-30 or 30-40mm Hg. Beaded silicone border on
thigh-high and knee-high.
- Machine wash and dry.
- Available in white, black, mink, or beige.
PEL Supply Company
Composite or plastic? Get the best of both worlds
with TFC, Fillauers new versatile
ThermoFormable Composite material.
TFC combines the localized strength of carbon
composite with the modeling properties of plastic. Unilateral and
bilateral carbon fibers are interwoven with a revolutionary
thermoplastic fiber that allows the material to be formed at lower
temperatures. This thermoplastic material also acts as a
high-strength matrix for active performance and flexibility.
TFC is custom formed to your mold with a heat gun
and is also fully heat re-moldable.
Visit ISPO Booth 200 to see live TFC
demonstrations and receive more information.
The SocketConeTM, a
quickly cast and fabricated socket available through Chesapeake
Medical Products Inc., can be modified and fitted in an hour. Made
from a low-temperature (160 degrees F) thermoplastic reinforced
with Kevlar, the SocketCone requires only one
patient visit and never needs plaster. The
SocketCone makes an excellent IPOP and can be used
as a temporary prosthesis, a dynamic test socket, as a shower/swim
leg, or as a spare prosthesis. Cost effective and perfect for use
in developing countries, the SocketCone can be
reheated and remolded as many times as needed.
Chesapeake Medical Products Inc.
The new Black Iron Trainer is a
lighter version of the heavy-duty, high-performance Black Iron
Master. While the Black Iron Trainer is smaller
and lighter in weight, it is capable of handling the wide range of
handle diameters that are encountered in modern fitness and
The completely manual operation and positive locking and
unlocking design provides uncompromising security and stability for
bench pressing, dumbbell flys, dead lifts, pull-downs and more. The
Black Iron Trainer, with a load-rating of 440 lb.,
also carries a smaller price tag than its larger cousin.
If you use nylon hose for vacuum forming or
laminations, youll love FeatherStretch nylon from
Rx Textiles. This strong, lightweight material stretches way more
than nylon hose. It comes on a convenient 25-yd. roll for easy use
and has a sheer knit that creates an excellent finish on
thermoplastics and laminated sockets. The regular size (2¼-in.
wide, fits 26-in. circumference) should fit any below-knee
application, and the wide size (3¼-in. wide, fits 56-in.
circumference) stretches to fit the biggest above-knee
Available through Cascade Orthopedic Supply, PEL, and SPS.
The 1322A polycentric knee joint
"from ST & G Inc." with pneumatic swing control is best suited
for use with a low to constant walking speed, and it provides a
higher degree of safety. All axes of this knee
have been built-in bearings that allow for ultra-smooth walking
movement. The frame construction is made of super-light aluminum
alloy and the four-bar linkages are made of aircraft alloy
(AA7075). The product is tested to ISO10328, 125kg.
The knee has a two-year warranty. Call a
Knit-Rite representative for more details and pricing.
This 18-in. vinyl doll helps children develop
social-acceptance and understanding from others. Having an amputee
doll named "Sew *ABLE*" changes the focus of
amputees to a very positive way of thinking and helps enable them
to better share insight and understanding of their differences with
family, friends, and teachers. Typical comments include: "Thank
you. These dolls mean a lot to the children!" Nine
of the specialized "Sew *ABLE*" Dolls have
above-knee and below-knee prosthetic legs. It is suggested that the
dolls and accessories be used by
children ages eight and up.
Sew Dolling LLC
Engineered Silicone Products (ESP), Newton, New
Jersey, introduces its new self-adhesive silicone,
which is easy to use and can be applied anywhere a smooth surface
or light padding is needed. Peel the paper backing from the
silicone and place in the area desired for simple
and quick application. Trim the self-adhesive
silicone to the desired shape for an unlimited number of
The clear, self-adhesive silicone is super thin
(.51mm) and easily conforms to irregular shapes. Call today or
visit ESP's website.