The 2008 Paralympics: Champions in Beijing
By Morgan Stanfield
Photograph courtesy of Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics. This is no feel-good story, and no Paralympicathlete would tell you it should be. Our culture, so orientedtoward "normal, able" bodies, usually relegates elite athletes withdisabilities to the...
'In Love with the Sport': Jeremy Campbell on Breaking Boundaries
Jeremy Campbell's medal case had better be big. This year, the 21-year-old Texan brought home from his first Paralympic Games two gold medals in the T44 class (transtibial amputation), including a world record in the pentathlon that included perso...
Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP: How the Paralympics Can Help Every Patient
Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP, vice president of prosthetics, Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics, Bethesda, Maryland, is one of O&P's most well-known practitioners. As a researcher, educator, international speaker, and clinician, the high-energy native...
Bittersweet Victory: Brian Frasure on World Records, Inspiration, and Retiring on Gold
Brian Frasure's story is the stuff of sports legend. In 1992, Frasure, CP, was a highly promising freshman runner at the University of North Carolina, Raleigh, whose early victories were based on raw, untrained talent. That year, he also developed...
The Alchemist: Rudy Garcia-Tolson on Training, Winning, and CAF
Rudy Garcia-Tolson is an alchemist. At 20 years old, he has turned one of the most brutal disadvantages in life-rare, multiple birth defects-into personal and athletic gold, banking inborn talent with powerful drive. Born with leg-twisting Pterygi...
'So Grateful': April Holmes on Camaraderie, Her Big Fall, and Real Victory
When talking with April Holmes, you hear the word "grateful" a lot. Though the gold-medal winning Paralympic sprinter has endured crushing losses, she has risen above those challenges, transforming them into opportunities to be thankful and share...
Scott Sabolich, CP, LP: The Official Prosthetist of Team USA
Scott Sabolich, CP, LP, spent three weeks at the Beijing Paralympics as the official prosthetist for Team USA. His facility, Scott Sabolich Prosthetics & Research, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, built prostheses for one German, one Canadian, and seven A...
The Scholar-Athlete: Jerome Singleton Talks Education, Family, and Paralympic Gold
Jerome Singleton is that rarest kind of young sportsman-a humble, unpretentious world-record-breaker whose scholarship could actually come to overshadow his athletic accomplishments. Throughout his teens, Singleton competed as a varsity multisport...
Happy Feet: New Techniques, Materials Advance Foot/Ankle Care
By Miki Fairley
"To him whose feet hurt, everything hurts." Socrates You don't have to be an ancient Greek philosopherto agree with Socrates. Anyone who has suffered from serious footpain knows how physically limiting and mentally and emotionallydistracting it c...
Foot Care Trends: Views from the Field
By Miki Fairley
A practitioner examines the feet of a patient who has diabetes. What are pedorthists and podiatrists seeing asthe big trends in foot problems? The O&P EDGE talkedto an orthotist/prosthetist/pedorthist, a pedorthist, and apodiatrist for their views.
Helping Practitioners to Make Good Footwear Choices
By Miki Fairley
From left: Richard Schnaittacher, CPed, and Frank Caruso, CO, conduct an Aetrex Matrix workshop in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photograph courtesy of Aetrex Worldwide. Aetrex Worldwide, Teaneck, New Jersey, hasdeveloped a resource to help foot ca...
A Case for Integrating Pedorthists into Podiatric Practices
By Josh White, DPM, CPed
Podiatrists have traditionally provided referralsto their patients who need therapeutic footwear. However, theopportunity to increase practice revenue, patient desire for"one-stop shopping," and growing awareness of the MedicareTherapeutic Shoe Pr...
Matt Emmons: Pursuing Stillness
By Jane Albritton
Tracy Golmont observes as Matt Emmons tries out his new orthotics. Olympian Matt Emmons, who at 27 years old ranksamong the elite rifle shooters in the world, seeks somethingunusual in the world of sport: stillness. Stillness broken only bythe squ...
Preventing and Treating Running Injuries
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed
Running has been referred to as the king of allworkouts. It is an activity that has been embraced at varyinglevels of competence by nearly 11 million adults in the UnitedStates alone, according to the American Running Association.Running doesn't r...
The O&P Question
By Sara Pschigoda
When you first meet someone in O&P, you'llinevitably be asked one question the O&P question.You've all been asked it. I've been asked it so many times duringschool and at the beginning of my residency that I've come to theconclusion that it's an u...
Face to Face
Five Questions for Nathan Keepers, CPO
Nathan Keepers, CPO, is the owner and president ofBarnhart Prosthetic & Orthotic Services Springfield, Oregon.The ambitious 32-year-old recently moved his practice into a new$1.3 million building, which covers 7,800 square feet and housesten emplo...
Sister Kenny: Confronting the Conventional in Polio Treatment
By Miki Fairley
It is hard to imagine now, in the post-vaccine era, the panic that gripped the United States as waves of polio epidemics swept through the country, peaking in 1952 with 58,000 cases. The United States was not alone. Between 1946 and 1953, polio ep...
Denials are difficult to identify and time consuming to appeal. Whether you have a question about L-Codes and modifiers or billing for products destroyed by natural disasters, count on "Got FAQs?" to help keep your office running smoothly. Q: I...
Progress on Parity
Activist Joins Country Legend in Push for Parity
By Morgan Sheets
Michelle Gilligan moved to Nashville to pursue herdream of becoming a successful country singer. Having worn aprosthetic limb since she was 18 months old, she was shocked tofind out that her insurance company in Tennessee would not coverthe cost o...
Magnificent Things Are All around Us
By Karen Henry
As this issue of The O&P EDGE hitsmailboxes, the United States will be deciding who will become thenation's next president. Regardless of who is elected to lead thecountry through the next four years, it's clear that the nextpresident will take of...
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Velocity Labs Expands Valve Systems
Velocity Labs has expanded its new valve systems to include avacuum-hookup valve. The new Vacuum Valve housing fits into theexisting VMP-007 mounting plate and allows a vacuum tube to connectto the socket through a 3/8-in. spacer plate mounted und...
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Transfemoral amputees can now appreciate why
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The OMEGA® Scanner makes
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Model 1017 is a modular, lever-lock knee joint
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pulling on it.
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To create lighter, slimmer, stronger ankle
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Apis Footwear Co.
TRS introduces a unique, super-compact (7-in.
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Designed and tested by nationally recognized and experienced
transtibial rock climbers, the Z-Axis was used in
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Weighing only 25 oz. with a high-strength keel and polyurethane
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ShearBan® prevents painful rubbing, providing
targeted friction relief without losing or changing the support of
a properly contoured device.
Simply cut a patch from the 9-in. x 12-in. sheet and apply to
troublesome locations on footwear or an orthotic/prosthetic device.
The low-friction surface dramatically improves user comfort, while
the durable adhesive ensures long-lasting and cost-effective
Tamarack products are available through Becker Orthopedic. For a
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Tamarack Habilitation Technologies
The Velocity Expulsion Valve now includes a
vacuum-hookup valve. The new Vacuum Valve housing
fits into the existing VMP-007 mounting plate, allowing a vacuum
tube to connect to the socket through a 3/8-in. spacer plate
mounted under the socket, creating a safety valve for any
high-vacuum socket system. If the vacuum system fails, the socket
still works as an expulsion system.
- Large duckbill for quick air expulsion.
- Seals directly against the lamination.
- Inserts into Velocity four-hole adapter plate.
- Inexpensive replaceable duckbill.
- Available in kits or individual parts.
Friddles continues to change the industry with its
latest introduction to the orthotic and pedorthic equipment market.
The Friddle VAC-MAX 24-in. x 24-in. vacuum
press(table) is the largest vacuum press(table) available in the
industry. With a useable work space of 22 in. x 22 in., you will
have plenty of room to vacuum press more foot orthotics at once,
leaving you much more time to devote to your patients. Couple that
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The BRAE Orthosis manages
forearm-rotation contractures using a static, progressive
stretching protocol. The orthosis treats forearm contractures
caused by upper-extremity fractures and injuries. Forearm rotation
is adjusted by means of a dual-offset channel with a patented
overlapping, adjustable rotation component.
- Maintains post-surgical forearm rotation positioning.
- Decreases substitution that can result from misalignment of the
mechanical to anatomical axis for forearm rotation.
- Maintains static progression of infinite positions in both
supination and pronation.
- Controls forearm rotation position while allowing free motion
in the sagittal plane.
Little Feet are now available in four sizes (10cm
- 13cm) in three pleasing colors that will compliment most skin
pigments. These lifelike, infant-sized pediatric feet are the most
realistic infant feet available anywhere. They feature flexible
toes and unique energy dynamics, with a simple core and
polyurethane matrix design and construction. They have a bolt-on
SACH-type attachment with a cosmetic and functional heel plug for
"barefoot" activities. Competitively priced. Ideal for crawling,
toddling, and walking. Their core can be easily excavated to fit
longer length limbs.
The kit comes complete with
locking regulator and gauge, ¼-in. NPT air inlet, 12-ft. air
hose, 6-ft. electrical cord, one tack-welding tip, and, most
importantly, one speed-welding tip.
The speed-welding tip precisely aligns the welding rods with the
heat source at the point of weld. This tip allows you build up in
areas where reinforcement is necessary.
Fill cracks and give strength to any thermoplastic welding
project. Assorted welding rods included.
- Repair cracks in thermoplastic orthotic and prosthetic
- Apply welds where reinforcement is necessary.
The Ortho Remedy Inc.
Orthofeet is introducing attractive womens depth
shoes that offer the slip-on look with the comfort
of adjustable-strap shoes. These innovative shoes feature two
hook-and-loop straps and a wide opening, making them easy to put on
and take off. If necessary, the middle strap can be replaced with a
longer one to perfectly fit swollen feet or feet with a higher
Additional comfort features:
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- Supple leather offers a relaxed fit and enhances comfort.
- Lightweight, cushioning sole with
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The Fusion Foot provides
multiaxial movement during ambulation and delivers high levels of
energy storage and return. Its integrated design allows the
composite shank, heel, and footplate to work as a unit, rather than
independently. The Fusion delivers vertical shock
absorption, smooth heel-to-toe transition, and inversion/eversion.
The Fusion allows for field adjustment of
inversion/eversion, heels stiffness, and overall trim height. The
Fusion comes standard with two interchangeable
heel wedges that can be changed quickly during an office visit. The
shank may also be trimmed with no drilling required.