Going Green: Making Environmental, Business Sense (and 'Cents') for O&P
By Miki Fairley
Global warming. Greenhouse gases. Loss of biodiversity.
NEBCO Goes 'Green'
By Miki Fairley
"The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives." -Native American Proverb Owners and staff of the New England Brace Company (NEBCO) are excited about their new 12,000-sq. ft., three-storey building now being built in the Manchester, N...
Cat Hammes: A Free Spirit Rides On
By Brady Delander
Cathryn "Cat" Hammes is often heard before she is seen, and then she isn't in sight for very long. A blur of pink leather and chrome, Hammes fell in love with the rumble of Harley-Davidson motorcycles on her very first ride, and she hasn't st...
Architect Shares 'Green' Expertise, Tips
By Miki Fairley
Elaine Gallagher Adams, AIA, LEED, principal, Caryatid Studio, Denver, Colorado, is a registered architect with 20 years professional experience and is an adjunct instructor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Caryatid Studio is an architectur...
The Importance of Trust in Your O&P Practice
By Joyce Perrone
Trust plays a vital role in the success (or ultimate dysfunction or failure) of businesses and organizations. Many problems in businesses and relationships stem from trust issues. You can have trust issues between owner and employee, between emplo...
Endeavor Games Athletes Compete to Win
More than 300 disabled athletes and some 700 supporters convened at the University of Central Oklahoma June 5-8 for the 2008 Endeavor Games. Citizens of 30 U.S. states, Mexico, and Panama competed alongside current and former members of the U.S.
Finding a Rhythm, Changing Beats
By Kristin Carnahan
Having been in graduate school for two long, busy, sometimes grueling, and often adventure-packed years, it is still hard to believe that my time at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is already over. I accomplished, learned, and e...
Progress on Parity
Putting Values into Action
By Morgan Sheets
From left: ACA interns Dana Akil and Shannon Cleveland. Dana Akil, who grew up in Manhattan, and Shannon Cleveland, who hails from Greenville, Mississippi, may not seem to have much in common, but they are both passionate about disability rights a...
Face to Face
Five Questions for Scott M. Herbert, CPO
Scott M. Hebert, CPO, is an area practice manager for Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics Inc., in Waterville, Maine, not too far from the town where he was born, Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Hebert was barely three years old when his lower left leg was r...
By Lisa Lake-Salmon
Denials are difficult to identify and time consuming to appeal. With competitive bidding, mandatory accreditation, aging technology, and increased billing errors, running an O&P shop gets more complicated each year. Count on 'Got FAQs?'to help you...
It's Getting Easier to Be Green
By Karen Henry
As the mercury continues to rise, gas prices soar, and the U.S. economy creeps downward, The O&P EDGE turns its attention to conservation, preservation, and restoration. It used to be that implementing any type of environmentally friendly fe...
EDGE Direct Sponsored Story
Velocity Introduces Expulsion Valve
The new Velocity Expulsion Valve works in combination withVelocity's standard mounting plate and is hidden in the distal endof the socket. The use of a dummy during lamination creates a voidin the distal end of the socket that accepts the Velocity...
The TruStep® Foot offers
virtually the same vertical motion, rotation, and stability found
in the anatomical foot. It restores a more natural gait, reduces
the shock that occurs with every step, and enhances physical
capacity. The TruStep Foot can be customized to
each individuals functional needs.
Key benefits include:
- Highly developed design.
- Durable weight limitup to 352 lb.
- Superior smoothness for natural gait.
- Worry-free warrantyup to three years.
- Customizable function for optimal control.
College Parks standard product perks include a free foot shell,
CPI sock, and sealing boot. TruStep:
Experience everyday comfortTM.
College Park Industries
FLO-TECH has added a seventh, new size of
APOPPS FLO-TECH-TORTM for your larger
amputee - 3XL. It is now available without "custom" fees. The
foundation for a good prosthesis starts with a
FLO-TECH-TOR for protective, immediate post-op,
and early weight bearing prosthetic management of transtibial
Measurements for the 3XL FLO-TECH-TOR are 21 to
22 in. for MPT; 20 to 21 in. for distal; and 19 to 23 in. for
FLO-TECH O&P Systems Inc.
KiddieGAITTM is an
engineered composite frame with anterior shell, lateral strut, and
an energy-reflecting footplate with open calcaneus, all designed to
allow customization of the frame into a ground-reaction AFO or a
partial-foot prosthesis. The energy-reflecting properties of this
system reduce the amount of energy required to lift and move the
The anterior shell design triggers enhanced "position in space"
proprioceptive response and assists in management of proximal
deficits by helping to overcome either knee hyperextension or
crouch gait. Functional environments can be created that supplement
gait function instead of immobilizing and inhibiting function.
A Revolution in Clubfoot
Matthew Dobbs, MD, designed this new
dynamic clubfoot bar to allow active movement,
preserve muscle strength in the foot and ankle, and be less
restrictive to the child than traditional fixed-bars. Children
using the Dobbs Bar can crawl and kick their legs
independently. Children will sleep better because they can get
comfortable in the Dobbs Bar, and heel blisters
commonly associated with fixed-bars are no longer a problem. The
Dobbs Bar is adjustable from 8 to 14 inches to
accommodate growth; no need to buy replacement bars. The foot
plates are universal and can be attached to shoes and AFOs. The
results are better compliance, a more active child, and happier
D-Bar Enterprises LLC
OTS Corporation has redesigned the
StepLock handle to allow the use of a special bail
kit. In the past, a stiff connection between the two joints risked
one side locking while the other was not completely locked, causing
the last ratchet tooth to be worn away. The new bail kit has rubber
grommets inside the connection, allowing some play between the two
sides. The kit attaches through two spaces in the redesigned
handle, which allows for a better lever release kit connection. The
new handle is less obtrusive and less likely to
catch on clothing. It is now standard on all StepLocks ordered.
Harmony e-pulse, Otto Bock's newest innovation,
opens up vacuum suspension to a wider range of amputees. This
electric pump delivers the benefits of vacuum suspension in a
reliable, low-profile, quiet package that your patients will
You can fit the e-pulse on a
wider range of patients because it requires no weight limits, no
restrictions on activity level, and no restrictions on residual
limb length. Find out more by calling your local Otto Bock sales
Otto Bock HealthCare
Friddle's now carries EVA sheet
materials in a multitude of colors and swirls to meet the
most demanding pedorthic professionals taste. Be sure to go to our
webpage and click on the EVA Sheet Materials link
for a complete range of all your foot orthotic sheet material
needs. From impression foam and CAD-carver blanks to thermocorks,
multi-laminates, top covers, and everything in between, youll find
the most complete selection of pedorthic supplies and equipment
available at one source.
Friddles Orthopedic Appliances
The PacificTM Adjustable
Collaris designed to provide your patients with effective
control of cervical spine motion. Now, when necessary, that control
can be extended with a new
thoracic extension (TE) option.
Pacific TE includes the following features:
- Intended for low cervical/high thoracic immobilization.
- Available in one height- adjustable size.
- Quickly and easily snaps on to the PacificTM
- Can be purchased separately or as a fully assembled CTO.
A new, modern design approach inspired us to
combine the conveniences of a modular system with the rigidity and
lightweight characteristics of composites to create a laminated
system that is user friendly to the practitioner.
Components can be easily detached from the orthosis and adjusted
for ease of fitting, adjustment, and replacement. The laminated
sections of the orthosis are now fabricated around the metal
components and attached with screws.
This cosmetically appealing orthosis system has a streamlined
design and is lightweight. The typical KAFO weighs only 2.6 lb.
Advancing liner technology one step further, the
new Iceross® Seal-In®
is as close as we have come to complete prosthetic attachment, with
the convenience of a simple step-in-and-go system. The new system
for transtibial users applies pure suction but does not require an
external sleeve, saving time and money.
A proprietary design with five separate seals bridges between
the residual limb and the internal socket wall. Unique seal design
conforms and clings tightly, guaranteeing suspension, rotation
control, and proprioception, while allowing for unprecedented knee
freedom. This retrofitable liner provides unmatched performance and
favorable patient outcomes, making the user more confident and
better able to perform activities.
Ossur's PROPRIO FOOT® is an
artificially intelligent, motor-powered prosthesis that helps
replace the function that the body's central nervous system would
- Sense: Using advanced motion-sensing
accelerometers, the PROPRIO FOOT can "sense" the
surroundings of each step and accommodate for action.
- Think: As fast as it measures, the data is fed
into the "brain" of the device through TerrainLogicTM,
identifying specific motions to enable a response to
- Act: Foot motion is continuously analyzed. For
each stride, gait pattern recognition algorithms in the foot are
used to detect and identify when and where a user is walking.
With one of the largest and most extensive
selections of diabetic and orthopedic
footwear, stepping in style has never been easier.
Our footwear stock includes BoxerDogs, Mt.
Emey, and Answer2. We also offer Medicare-approved custom diabetic
inserts as well as toe fillers, prefab diabetic inserts, and other
products pertaining to diabetic foot management. We guarantee value
pricing, huge product selection, and a commitment to excellent
service. Our 2008 catalog is available.
Apis Footwear Co.
New additions to the
LimbLogicTM VS product family broaden
the systems applications.
- The new vacuum plate and vacuum pyramid allow for pump
relocation while maintaining inline mounting. The components also
permit retrofitting other vacuum sockets for use with
- The cosmesis kit allows LimbLogic VSto be
cosmetically covered without compromising access or use.
- Alpha® AK sleeve, designed specifically for transfemoral
amputees, aids in creating an airtight seal when using
LimbLogic VSfeatures "set and forget"
technology, a water-resistant controller, and quiet operation. The
systems vacuum level is adjustable from 0 to 20 in-Hg.
Ohio Willow Wood
The new Seattle Kinetic Foot
System from Trulife is now available from PEL Supply. A
complete K-2 pylon/ankle and foot system, the new Seattle
Kinetic Foot System is the perfect solution for moderate
- Full-length flexible keel.
- Integrated multiaxial ankle.
- Excellent medial-lateral compliance and plantar flexion.
- Split toe cosmesis.
- Four different urethane bumper categories.
- Includes pylon with male bonded adapter.
- 300-lb. K-2 ambulator weight limit.
The Ortho Remedy Inc. announces a new foot
clamp for its monolithic EndoFlex prosthesis. The
new clamp allows all later model prosthetic feet
to be attached to the Endo-Flex pylon. A standard four-bolt pattern
is used to adapt a pyramid receptacle.
The new unit is used in the same manner as the
standard Endo-Flex foot clamp by incorporating an anterior dynamic
alignment screw and two posterior pylon screws. The clamp comes
with 6mm attachment screws. The center plug is still threaded in
order to accept a standard foot bolt.
The Ortho Remedy
Weighing in at only 12.5 oz., Dycor's
Dynamic Response ExtraADL
"E"Foot is ideal for wearers who require
more stability than a flexible keel with articulated ankle, and
where resiliency is preferred. The optional aggressive gait
management (AGM) torque absorber provides appropriate yield and
return for moderate-level extra-ambulatory activity. Available in
uni, bi, or triaxial with low (½-1 in.) and medium (1-1½
in.) heel-height options. Weight includes an integrated EVA foot
shell. Titanium option available.
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.
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