2008 Paralympics / Happy Feet - November 2008

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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...

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'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...

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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-energ...

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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...

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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...

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'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...

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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 sev...

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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...

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Feature

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...

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Feature

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 v...

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Feature

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...

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Perspective

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...

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Today's Consumer

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...

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Stepping Out

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...

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Residency Report

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 i...

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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 e...

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Outside In

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...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?


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...

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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...

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Viewpoint

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 tak...

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