Engineering Athletic Excellence...A Tale of Two Contenders
By Judith Philipps Otto
Jonathan Bik races in the XTERRA America Tour. Photograph courtesy of CAF. Not all of us are destined for excellence.
Holding Physicians Accountable for Unfair Denials
By Jim DeWees, CP
I recently had a conversation with a state representative and a state senator in which I told them about a patient who needed a replacement for a transtibial prosthesis that was more than nine years old and was literally in three pieces. The fo...
Challenged Athletes Foundation: Out of the Flames
By Morgan Stanfield
A fire burns a hillside as it moves west toward San Diego, California, October 23, 2007. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Thomas E.
Preprosthetic Therapy: Is It Needed? Does It Help?
By Miki Fairley
What helps patients to have satisfying quality of life and achieve their functional goals after amputation? "Approximately 75 percent of older adults can regain their ability to walk without assistive devices if they undergo the proper rehabilitat...
Tim Collins: Playing the Cards Dealt
By Chelan M. Keeter
Tim Collins' dreams consisted of many things, but never of hospitals and prosthetic clinics, becoming "Mr. Mom," or needing to don 15 pounds of plastic in order to be independent. At the age of 39, he was an active man who valued his work and l...
Two Paralympians Competed in Olympics
Two women, two powerful life stories, two sets of world-class Games: Poland's Natalia Partyka and South Africa's Natalie Du Toit are the first two athletes in history to compete at both the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games in the same yea...
A, B, C, D, O, and P
By Michael Carroll
I've been around prosthetics and orthotics my whole life. I've known what a prosthesis is since I was three, and I was five when I learned what an orthosis is. After spending 12 years of my early childhood and adolescent life running around the O&...
Face to Face
Five Questions for Wendy Smith, RTP, CP(c), CCA
Wendy Smith is the owner of Lifeart Prosthetics Inc., West St. Paul, Manitoba, Canada, a business that provides a rare blend of services to patients wanting exceptionally lifelike prostheses. Her painstakingly cast, layered, and colored functio...
By Lisa Lake-Salmon
Running an O&P practice gets more complicated each year. When you have questions, "Got FAQs?" is ready with the answers to help keep your practice running smoothly and efficiently. This month's column tackles your questions concerning knee-orthosi...
Progress on Parity
Bipartisan Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate
By Morgan Sheets
A federal parity bill was slated to be introduced before the Senate adjourned at the end of September. This legislation requires health insurance companies to provide meaningful health insurance coverage for prosthetic care. The bill will ensure t...
By Karen Henry
We're closing this issue on the heels of a successful meeting in Chicago. More than 200 people entered our drawing for a Nintendo® Wii™ while visiting The O&P EDGE booth at the AOPA National Assembly. Novice and experienced batters of all ag...
EC Funds Projects that Push Bionic Hand Research
The European Commission (EC) is currently funding three researchprojects that could lead to major innovations in the design andfunction of prosthetic hands. NanoBioTact The objective of the NanoBioTact (nano-engineering biomimetictactile sensors)...
EDGE Direct Sponsored Story
Evolution Custom Silk Liners...Because Everybody's Different
Designed by a certified prosthetist, Evolution Silk custom liners fit the exact needs of each user. Evolution Silk liners are manufactured from a unique medical grade silicone that keeps the liner fresh and odor free. Cushion and locking designs a...
Fresh wounds from amputation surgery can become infected.
Using the antibacterial version of the
material as a temporary socket dramatically reduces the amount of bacteria on the socket surface, thereby reducing the risk of bacteria entering the wound. Customers will now be able to get the outstanding performance characteristics of
with the significant benefits of an antibacterial component that will effectively inhibit bacteria growth.
Friddle's Orthopedic Appliances
has proven itself with ten years of performance. Now through 2008's end, take 10 percent off on this remarkable carbon-fiber foot!
The patented C-element cushions at heel strike while providing controlled plantarflexion, reaching stable foot flat quickly. Next, the stored energy in the C-element releases, facilitating smooth roll-over. As forefoot loading increases, the C-spring element expands and the toe spring flexes and then releases this stored energy at toe off. With a 220 lb./100kg weight limit, its an excellent option for patients at K3 and K4 activity levels.
Otto Bock Healthcare
boasts an innovative combination of friction-brake and manual-lock features. Easy conversion between functions allows changes between Kl and K2 activity levels.
Key features of the OFM2HD:
- Single-screw adjustment makes functional conversion simple and quick.
- Friction brake can be adjusted to release before toe-off for smoother ambulation.
- Internal extension-assist eliminates noise and hassle of external spring systems.
- Lightweight-only 425g.
- Enhanced braking-system durability provides reliable response for the K2 amputee weighing up to 275 lb.
LimbLogic™ VS provides secure, reliable vacuum suspension. Key features are inline mounting, adjustable vacuum from 0 to 20 in-Hg, "set and forget" vacuum monitoring, remote-control operation, water-resistant controller, and quiet operation.
For transfemoral applications, accessories are available. The
permit relocating LimbLogic VS elsewhere within a prosthesis while maintaining inline mounting. The
Alpha® AK Sleeve,
featuring Kevlar®-reinforced Alpha gel, aids in creating an airtight seal. A
for cosmetically covering LimbLogic VS is also available. Users have access to ports and controls at the surface of the finished cover.
Ohio Willow Wood
Increase patient referrals and grow your business with the new, free
provides you with marketing literature designed specifically for your facility. Whether they're postcards or trifold brochures, we can personalize your marketing materials, which will help to promote and grow your business.
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South West Orthopedic Designs (SWOD) has created lighter, slimmer, more patient-friendly AFOs with the latest leather-like microfiber. As a liner and/or exterior cover,
wicks away dampness and keeps the foot and ankle cooler. Easy to clean, quick drying, and durable, it is available in beige, black, or brown and can combine with our Birdeye Knit fabric. SWOD offers various ankle gauntlets with carbon fiber technology and a selection of colors and closures, including the 7-in. Sundance, the 9-in. standard (pictured), and an AFO height. Free shipping and five- to seven-day turnaround.
South West Orthopedic Designs
All transfemoral amputees can now appreciate why transtibial amputees are so taken with the new
Iceross Seal-In X5 liner,
which doesn't require troublesome donning procedures, yet results in an airtight seal that conforms to the residual limb and the internal socket wall. This proprietary design with five incorporated seals ensures firm, pure suction, allowing for unprecedented function without sacrificing stability, comfort, or skin health. The integrated full-length matrix supports the seals during donning to prevent elongation of the distal tissue, while maintaining step-in-and-go convenience. No more sacrificing comfort, time, and convenience for increased suspension!
Advance Footwear encompasses a complete range of footwear from the new
Advance Walking Comfort Footwear
line to the original Advance Orthopedic and Advance Comfort Footwear lines. SoleTech has engineered these innovative shoes to offer features and benefits that are unequaled depth, roominess, and style.
Advance Walking Comfort Footwear
features an incomparable level of comfort, while the styling rivals that of todays best walking and comfort shoe brands. When your patient is looking for the best combination of athletic styling and comfort,
Advance Walking Comfort Footwear
can meet all of your needs.
The Ortho Remedy Inc. is introducing
to its line of ultrasonically welded AFO pads. These popular, sturdy pads will now be available in
Welded pads are typically stronger and more durable than stitched. The newer, modern look also appeals to patients. Sizes include 1 in., 1½in., and 2 in. The pads are sold in packets of ten. Call for a sample.
The Ortho Remedy Inc.
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 foot forward.
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.
Did you know that Becker Oregon offers traditional thermoplastic and metal and leather AFOs and KAFOs?
What to expect from Becker Oregon:
- Highly trained technicians.
- Highest standards of workmanship and unsurpassed service.
- Competitive pricing.
- Quick turnaround times.
- Guaranteed customer satisfaction.
for your next custom orthosis.
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Weighing in at only 12.5 oz., Dycors
Dynamic Response Extra ADL "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.
TRS introduces a unique, super-compact (7-in. long), high-performance rock climbing foot for the adult unilateral and bilateral climber. Supplied with a titanium pyramid adapter, a high-traction Evolve® custom climbing shoe, and a certificate for a free, matching, custom climbing shoe of appropriate size for the unilateral climber.
Designed and tested by nationally recognized and experienced transtibial rock climbers, the
was used in competition at the 2008 Extremity Games®.
Weighing only 25 oz. with a high-strength keel and polyure-thane structural body, the
provides superior control, loading, leverage, and "feel" on the rock.
Lightweight, comfortable, and easy to get on and off, the new
One knee brace from Ossur has been completely redesigned to offer the ultimate in pain relief for osteoarthritis (OA) sufferers. It has 30 to 50 percent more unloading power than the original, with only half the weight. Even patients with arthritic hands will find the brace easier to apply.
- Clinically proven dynamic three-point force system.
- Dual dynamic force straps.
- Lightweight, perforated frame for flexibility and ventilation.
- Quick-fit buckles with leverage arms enable easy application and removal.
- Flexible, low-profile upright contours to the patients anatomy.
PEL Supply Company
- Immediate cash: plan your future.
- We solve business issues, allowing you to focus on your patients.
- We are not a broker, buyout fund, or corporate CPA.
- We are well-funded, have experienced O&P management, and are focused on creating a great company.
If you are interested in finding a partner to run the business side of your practice, contact us. All discussions are
is a non-protrusion knee joint that combines the simplicity and security of a standard drop lock with automatic locking. When joints reach full extension, the rings are automatically engaged by springs that are internally housed within the midsection. This feature gives the user the convenience of automatic locking.
Orthofeet is adding great-looking, elastic
shoes to its extensive line of stretchable shoes. These innovative shoes integrate attractive design with ultimate fit and comfort:
- Extra foam padding on the closure strap and upper eliminates pressure points.
- Non-binding elastic upper allows unrestricted stretch throughout the entire forefoot area.
- Seamless lining enhances comfort and offers unsurpassed protection.
- Hidden-depth design provides the appearance of stylish, normal-depth shoes.
The shoes are made of synthetic, washable materials.
Orthofeet Orthotic Systems