By Miki Fairley
Robotic Technology Adds a New Dimension to Orthotics
Tomorrow's O&P: A Survival Guide
By Judith Phillips Otto
Part 3: An Ideal O&P World--Can We Build One?
Better Business: 'Making Lemonade' in a Tough Economy
By Miki Fairley
What leads to steadily increasing sales in today's turbulent economy? Phil Kohler, president and CEO of Image Orthopedic Lab, Santa Ana, California, has found answers that work for his company-and may work for yours. For Kohler and his partner,...
Building a Track-Serviceable Running Prosthesis
By Scott Sabolich, CP, LP
Steven Wilson and Jim Bob Bizzell compete in the 200-meter sprint in Beijing. If a NASCAR team built a race car and prepared it for the track, they wouldn't weld the hood shut before they sent it out to the race....The same principle holds true fo...
The CMS Surety Bond Requirement: More Questions than Answers
By Wil Haines, CPO
I'm an old shoe-nearly worn out- but my passion for orthotics and prosthetics has never diminished. And, like many in the field today, I was attracted to orthotics and prosthetics because of the great personal satisfaction that often accompanie...
Eileen Casey: Still Walking
By Chelan M. Keeter
"I guess I am driven," Eileen Casey says. It's an ironically humble statement to come from the woman who spearheaded the effort to pass Vermont's prosthetics parity law-the tenth in the nation-after having a right transtibial amputation immedia...
Offbeat O&P--Prosthetic Finger Implanted with USB Drive
Photo credit: Jerry Jalava/Flickr A Finnish software developer has blurred the line between human and cyborg a little further. Jerry Jalava, who lost a finger when his motorcycle crashed into a deer last May, didn't mind wearing a prosthetic digi...
Ankle Gauntlets: Still an Effective Orthotic Intervention
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed
Over the last decade or so, several new orthoses have been introduced to the O&P market that could be considered hybrids between an AFO and a custom foot orthotic. One such device incorporates hinged double-upright supports with a custom foot o...
By Melissa Phillips
Pedro Moiola (left) takes a break from skiing. For the average skier, the thought of a double-black-diamond run in thigh-deep powder down a mountain with a 1,193 foot vertical might cause a moment of hesitation. Pedro Moiola, however, is anythi...
By Sara Pschigoda
I am almost halfway through my residency, and I recently had the opportunity to experience something most residents don't-vacation! I was lucky enough to take a few days off to celebrate my Grandma Dottie's 90th birthday with my family on the s...
Face to Face
Five Questions for Saravanan Sundarakrishnan
Saravanan Sundarakrishnan, CO, was born, raised, and educated in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, India. He says, "The very first week I spent in college doing my bachelors in prosthetics and orthotics...I knew that I was meant to do this-I was in the medica...
By Lisa Lake-Salmon
Billing and Collections Q&A
Progress on Parity
Prosthetic Parity Campaigns Sweep the Nation
By Morgan Sheets
With all of the state legislative sessions meeting and Congress in full swing, it is a very busy time of year. More than 16 state legislatures are working to advance some type of legislation to expand coverage for prosthetic devices and components...
Content is King...and Technology Ain't Bad Either
By Karen Henry
When superior content and leading technology come together, great things happen. See for yourself on March 4, when the O&P industry's portal-oandp.com-relaunches with a new design, a new structure, and a bevy of new features, plus enhanced cont...
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College Park Industries…a Pathway to O&P Industry Innovation
By Karen Bieniek
The College Park name implies "learning and continuous education," and that's what CPI engineers and product designers incorporate into our foot/ankle systems and related products every day. From the ongoing improvements to the original TruStep® t...
Tobilleras de Cuero: Una alternativa ortésica aún efectiva
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed
En la ultima década, muchas nuevas ortesis han sido introducidas en el Mercado de O&P que pudieran ser consideradas híbridas entre un AFO y una ortesis de pie a la medida. Uno de estos aditamentos incorpora las barras medio-laterales articuladas a...
Black Iron Trainer
is a lighter version of the heavyduty, 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 exercise facilities.
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.
Provel offers cost-effective, fast, easy-to-use, and reliable
. The D2 digitizer, C5 carver, and T6 thermoformer are appropriate for small clinics as well as large central fabs. All are AOPfile compatible and backed by a two-year warranty. The D2 digitizer allows automated shape capture of prosthetic casts with unmatched accuracy. The C5 carver is not only fast and precise, its self-contained dust-collection system is extremely quiet. The T6 thermoformer consistently produces high-quality thermoplastic sockets from industry-standard preforms.
A Revolution in Clubfoot Treatment
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
, and heel blisters commonly associated with fixed bars are no longer a problem. The
is available in two sizes, small (6 to 9 in.) and regular (8 to 14 in.). The bar is adjustable through each size range to accomodate growth. The foot plates are universal and can be attached to shoes and AFOs. The results are better compliance, a more active child, and happier parents.
D-Bar Enterprises LLC
Now through March 31, 2009, the new
EZ Flex Liner
from ALPS is available to SPS customers at a low introductory price!
This liner was developed to provide greater elasticity over the patella while limiting posterior vertical stretch, eliminating pistoning.
EZ Flex Liner
combines an unlimited- stretch anterior fabric (for reducing pressure on the knee) with a posterior fabric that has 80 percent less vertical stretch than other ALPS gel liners.
This pairing reduces energy required to flex the knee and minimizes fabric bunching behind the knee, significantly increasing comfort.
When an insole just isn't enough, the
pulls the talocrual and subtalar joints laterally to reposition them under the tibia.
ToeOFF T-Strap features include:
Quick, easy application. Distal end attaches to the
footplate, and the proximal "T" wraps around the ankle and attaches to a lateral strut.
- Easily customizes to patient's medial malleolus height.
- Easy to position over the malleolus.
- Plastazote® core can be heated to improve shape and fit.
- Durable, breathable outer. Polyester padding comforts the skin.
is the first hip joint with hydraulic stance- and swing-phase control. The
provides pelvic rotation and a greater flexion angle, giving users more natural gait patterns and increased freedom of movement.
three-dimensional movement mimics the human hip joint's natural and symmetrical gait pattern. Its polycentric design allows for leg length reduction during swing phase, which reduces the risk of falling and increases function.
Because the hip joint offers a larger flexion angle of 130 degrees, it is easier to accomplish activities of daily living such as putting on shoes or getting into a car.
Otto Bock HealthCare
Orthomerica® ECO™ (Extension Compression Orthosis)
stabilizes the pelvis and lumbar spine to ease pain. It's as simple to apply as a backpack or jacket, with easy-to-reach, selfadjusting, padded shoulder straps. The metal spine frame can be easily contoured to the patient's thoracic and lumbar spine.
- Patented abdominal component made of breathable mesh provides cinching mechanical advantage.
- Detachable abdominal component can be used independently to provide a functional lumbar spinal orthosis.
- Durable, patient-adjustable, one-pull compound closure.
- Patient-controlled shoulder extension improves compliance and tolerance.
- Requires no tools for fitting.
PEL Supply Company
Friddle's Orthopedic is proud to now offer the
Royal Flush line of socks
from Royal Knit. These wonderful socks stretch in both length and width, are form fitting, and-the best part-are simply wash and wear. The
Royal Flush socks
are latex free, resist shrinking, and are odor and mildew resistant. They are offered with and without a distal rubberized reinforced opening. Visit us online for pricing.
Friddle's Orthopedic Appliances
Committed to providing you with new options and economical alternatives, SPS announces a new
Saturday Shipping Service
You may now place an order on Saturday for Monday delivery via UPS Air for only $12.50 per box above normal next-day air charges. This new service applies to all next-day air orders received on Saturday by 2 p.m. EST.
program commenced February 1, 2009.
The next level in comfort, the
is designed for the low- to high-impact K3 amputee who may enjoy occasional recreational sports. Lightweight and dynamic, the
utilizes hydraulics to control plantar- and dorsiflexion.
- Independent hydraulic-controlled plantar- and dorsiflexion.
- Self-aligning feature provides comfort while traversing varied terrain or standing.
- Biomimetic design simulates more natural ankle motion.
- Hydraulic ankle dorsiflexes, which allows for greater toe clearance during swing phase.
- Compact design allows for cosmetic finish.
- Foot shell and glide sock included.
SPS announces the immediate availability of the new
from Boston Brace.
This off-the-shelf LSO has removable anterior and posterior rigid panels that restrict motion, while its crest rolls prevent migration. The Boston LS has a double elastic overlap, making it simple to don and adjust.
folds flat for compact storage. It is available in four waist sizes (SM to XL) and is ideal for treating these conditions:
- Mechanical LBP.
- Low back strain.
- Degenerative disc disease.
- Herniated discs.
Becker now offers the
Shoulder Abduction Rotation Orthosis
) in additional sizes and increased adjustability to enhance its clinical application. Since 2002, the
has gained wide acceptance in the O&P community and has been used successfully for pre- and post-operative management of the pediatric shoulder joint.
- Increased adjustability at the shoulder and elbow joints.
- Available in large and extra large sizes.
- Humeral cuff with raised posterior wall for additional control.
- Lightweight, universal design can be used for the left or right shoulder.
|Left to right: SACH foot and Single Axis Foot|
For amputees requiring low-activity feet, Ohio Willow Wood offers its
Single Axis feet
. Both are of lightweight construction with attractive, lifelike, unisex cosmeses.
, available with a titanium pyramid, offers flexible toe belting with three toe resistances, two heel heights, and interchangeable heel inserts. The foot cosmesis is waterresistant.
Ohio Willow Wood's
Single Axis foot
is 10-20 percent lighter than conventional single-axis feet. The foot may be customized using six deflection bumpers, three toe resistances, three heel densities, and two heel-height options.
Ohio Willow Wood
OTS Corporation has redesigned the
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
is less obtrusive and less likely to catch on clothing. It is now standard on all StepLocks ordered.
from Anatomical Concepts is available for immediate shipment from PEL Supply. Used with the APU (Adjustable Posterior Upright) orthosis, this new full-foot moldable insert is available with a variety of liners.
- ¼-in. full-foot moldable insert fits adult sizes 8-12.
- Foot orthosis used for treating plantar surface problems or enhancing control of foot/ankle complex.
- Distal toe extension can be trimmed/modified for a more customized look.
- APU joint adjusts in sagittal plane for plantarflexion/dorsiflexion.
- Pad-and-strap securing system displayed.
- Various lining systems are available by request.
PEL Supply Company
Touch Bionics' new, vastly improved
is now available in both clear and black at SPS.
The i-LIMB hand's range of motion is improved by the new
. With its increased durability, the new skin will last approximately two to three months, depending upon use, versus one to two months for the previous design.
A new, interior slip coating makes the new skin easier to don and doff. All SPS customers who have previously purchased an i-LIMB hand and skin will be shipped one new
: Only 356g, the
is lightweight without compromising energy return. Its unique composites increase deflection and energy, and the included reinforced sole makes it more durable and longer lasting. Sixty-day trial period.
rides on snubbers that provide smooth heel-to-toe motion with little effort. The gap between the plates deflects at an angle to the foot plate, creating vertical shock compression. Adjustable snubbers allow the plates to flex, bend, and touch, providing medial/lateral stability on uneven terrain. Sixty-day trial period.
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Can you imagine fighting in a war without a rifle? Can you imagine practicing P&O in the 21st century without an outcome measurement tool?
Enter the Kinematic Arts
VFX Timing System
. The VFX is capable of recording patient walking times at the flip of a switch and is accurate to a thousandth of a second. Its cordless and clutter-free design allows for seamless integration into any clinical environment.
includes a transmitter, receiver, charging units, mounting brackets, and military-grade bounce mirrors.
Designed and manufactured exclusively by U.S. Orthotics, the
lumbosacral support offers a variety of features tailored to your patients' needs.
is an effective elastic back support with anterior and posterior pockets that accommodate thermoformable Kydex inserts, all in a single-piece design. A top tension strap can also adjust for proper pressure and comfort. Two pre-molded inserts are included. The
can be ordered in black or white. 8-in., 10-in., or 12-in. back heights. SADMERC Verified L-0627.
™ is the world's first infinitely adjustable cable lock and retainer system for body-powered prostheses. This revolutionary technology mounts on the patient's voluntary opening (VO) or voluntary closing (VC) prosthesis. VO users can lock the cable to avoid damaging objects, and VC users no longer have to maintain cable tension to retain their grasp.
engaged, it's possible for your patient to obtain greater pinch forces than with VO setups, even while relaxed. The
K2 (assisted ADL) DR feet
(purple) are 30 percent more flexible than the
K3 (unassisted ADL) DR
(black) version. Titanium pyramids are now standard. Similar to energy returning designs, Dycor's
are lightweight and resilient because they rely on deflection of varying thickness leaf springs embedded in the upper keel member rather than on compression of rubber bumpers. Similar to other DR designs, Dycor's
are ground compliant because they incorporate uni-, bi- or triaxial ankle articulation.
12 oz. (26cm); call for pricing.
Available in 15 styles, sizes 5, 5.5-11, widths B/D (M/W), 3E (WW), 5E (XW).
- Extremely lightweight.
- Extended outsole width.
- ¼ in. removable insert.
- Seamless linings.
- EVA outsole for easy modification.
- Leather upper.
- Medicare approved.
- Standard last for easy sizing using Ritzstick® or Brannock® device.
- Available in ten colors.
Apis Footwear Co.
is the perfect solution for both high-vacuum and standard-suction socket applications!
liners are available uncovered or with cover length customized to your specifications for both transtibial and transfemoral versions.
Features and benefits include:
- Customized outer fabric length.
- Cost effective.
- High-vacuum and standardsuction socket applications.
- Transtibial and transfemoral versions.
- Soft and durable pure silicone formula.
- 4mm thick.
Orthofeet's new stylish diabetic shoes include unique doublestrap shoes with the slip-on look, and smart Mary Jane shoes with foam-padded straps and lining.
Additional comfort features include:
- Supple leather with non-binding upper design.
- Soft, seamless, foampadded fabric lining.
- Lightweight sole with a mild rocker design.
Covered by Medicare.
Orthofeet Orthotic Systems