Environmentally Friendly Fabrication
By Judith Philipps Otto
It's Not Easy Being Green There are dilemmas and conflicts of conscience to be faced when balancing business needs against concerns for the fate of the planet. Unless you're a hermit in a cave, it's no longer possible to remain unaware of the pre...
O&P-Specific Recycling: One Man's Solution
By Judith Philipps Otto
The hope of an environmentally conscious O&P field may be realized, thanks to Don James Edmondson, Jr., RTP, who has been researching and masterminding development of an O&P-specific wholesale recycling company. "We plan to focus on the raw-materi...
Working in O&P: Protecting Yourself from Environmental Hazards
By Chelan M. Keeter
"With the introduction of new technologies and techniques being applied regularly to the fabrication of artificial limbs, so too is the added exposure to potentially harmful compounds." —Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP, "Exposure to Toxi...
Better Business: Going Green Is Good for Business
By Jane Albritton
News flash: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides $3.2 billion for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program. Under the Act, $2.8 billion will be distributed by formula, and $400 million will be distributed t...
From Mongolia to America, Part 2
By Shebana Coelho
The Journey Continues Amaglan Donid prepared with great care for her journey from Mongolia to the United States. The 59-year-old Mongolian language teacher with a transtibial amputation had been struggling for more than six years with an ill-fitt...
Dry Needling for Plantar Fasciitis
By Morgan Stanfield
A fast, minimally invasive technique appears to provide long-term relief from plantar-fasciitis pain. Plantar fasciitis is the most commoncause of foot pain in the UnitedStates, accounting for 11-15percent of all foot-pain treatmentand affecting a...
Teens Tackle Ice Climbing in Ouray
Wielding an axe and a tenuous grip , Heidi Duce is precariously perched along a 10-story vertical curtain of ice. The 17-year-old high school senior is exactly where she wants to be. As Duce prepares to continue picking her way up the frozen face...
By Rhonda F. Turner, MBA, JD, PhD, CFom, BOCPO
Having recently lived through a Texas hurricane , the question"what's next" has understandably become a standard in mylife's daily vernacular. However, after a recent conversation withan owner of a post-mastectomy boutique, the phrase took ona who...
Face to Face
Five Questions for Chris Jones, CPO
Chris Jones, CPO, is president and co-owner of Rebound Prosthetics, Denver, Colorado, a full-service prosthetic facility that serves some of O&P's most courageous patients. Jones, who says his patients are his main professional motivation and insp...
Seeing and Doing
By Michael Carroll
When the spring 2009 semester began at the college of prostheticsand orthotics at St. PetersburgCollege (SPC), my stress level wasquite low. Granted, the assigned15 chapters of not-so-light readingwas a bit shocking, but the factthat we were start...
Progress on Parity
Amputees and Patient Advocates Go to Washington
By Morgan Sheets
On Tuesday, March 10, the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA), along with nearly 200 amputees and patient advocates from 34 states, converged on Washington DC to urge members of Congress to support fair insurance coverage for artificial arms and le...
Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon
Billing in O&P can be frustrating. When you have questions, 'Got FAQs?' is there to help keep your billing processes flowing smoothly. This month's column tackles your questions about the change in elastic garment coverage, patient documentation,...
Help Us Grow the New oandp.com
By Tonja Randolph
Have you visited oandp.com today? Yesterday? How many times in the last week?
Caribbean Rim Conference Reaches Beyond Borders, Disciplines
True to its theme "Partners in Rehabilitation," the 2009 Caribbean Rim International Conference on Physical Rehabilitation did more than reach beyond borders, it reached across disciplines. Sponsored by the Dominican Republic and United States Nat...
Unbelievable but True: Medicare Enrollment Penalty
EDGE Direct occasionally publishes real-life "unbelievable but true" tales about O&P reimbursement, insurance coverage, and other issues. Chris Jones, CPO, sent EDGE Direct a letter, which was written by one of his patients, Cindy Charlton. Her le...
As prosthetists, our designers know the importance of a good fit. We also know that different clients have different needs and that there are times when an off-the-shelf TES Belt or Durasleeve will not meet those needs. For those special clients, Syncor Ltd. offers custom-designed TES Belts and Durasleeves.
Our complete line can be adapted to meet the needs of clients with transfemoral amputations. We can also custom make the Durasleeve for transtibial suspension, including the Durasleeve HD for exceptionally active clients and the Durasleeve EZ for clients with limited dexterity. For special orders, contact your Syncor supplier.
Bring fun into your pediatric orthoses and watch patient compliance soar with new Transfer Lites™.
- Four motion-activated LED lights.
- Vacuum form into AFOs, KAFOs, TLSOs, and even cranial bands.
- BK foam interface used during vacuum forming.
- Low-profile design can be used with any character transfer, individual sports transfer, or patterned transfer that SPS sells, including Batman, Spiderman, police car, fire truck, etc.
SPS has immediate availability of SureFit's expanded line of diabetic shoes to all O&P customers.
Existing SPS customers may order any SureFit shoe directly from SPS customer service as of April 1, 2009. SureFit's diabetic shoe offering extends SPS' high-quality name brands through the addition of New Balance®, Rockport®, Hush Puppies®, and Red Wing®.
SureFit has the perfect complement of diabetic shoes to fit even your most discerning patient. Whether your patients want casual wear with supple full-grain leather uppers or stylish shoes to complement a busy lifestyle and modern flair, SureFit has the selection to meet their needs.
Skinergy Plus™ sets a new standard for silicone below-knee cosmeses. Reinforced with integrated mesh and advanced silicone materials, the new cosmetic covers provide significantly greater durability, appearance, and enhanced bond to the brim.
Now available in 19 color shades with unique True Finish™ micro-pigmentation for a realistic look in split or closed toe.
Contact us directly, or contact a distributor to request a new True Finish color-swatch kit.
New 275-lb. Weight Rating
The Epirus Foot is a lightweight, low-profile, energy-storing foot with multiaxial rotation that is designed for low- to high-impact K3 amputees who may enjoy occasional recreational sports.
Features and benefits include:
- Multiaxial rotation with tripod stability system.
- Low-profile, energy-storing-and-return design.
- Biomimetically engineered to provide more natural ankle motion.
- Truly independent heel and toe.
Now through April 30, 2009, receive an additional 10 percent off all SPS purchases of the Liner-Liner®. Engineered to be worn under a liner and next to the skin, the Liner-Liner is fabricated of thin, high-stretch material that provides a degree of skin grip while relieving skin shear irritations.
- Tested and proven beneficial for many amputees who wear liners as the primary interface.
- Relieves skin-shear irritations and improves comfort with liners.
- X-Static® silver fibers fight bacteria and odor and transport heat and moisture away from the limb.
- Washable interface keeps liner cleaner and helps control skin irritation.
The FullStride™ Shadow from Becker Oregon is a lightweight KAFO that combines structural strength and cosmetic appeal with the FullStride mechanical stance-control orthotic knee joint. The inherent rigidity of the FullStride Shadow ensures that optimal joint alignment and function is maintained throughout the gait cycle. Constructed of lightweight and rigid composite materials, the FullStride Shadow's sleek and open design offers patients an unparalleled blend of form and function.
The new ALPS FSL liner (FSL) is the perfect application for amputees with poor manual dexterity, and for vascular patients.
- Minimal socket rotation is achieved by maximizing contact with the socket-wall surface area in a uniform 6mm profile.
- Maximum comfort is delivered while allowing shear forces on the skin to be redistributed.
- Unrestricted stretch provides greater elasticity so that the FSL can be rolled on and off as simply as a sock.
- The absence of a fabric cover allows ALPS GripGEL™ to conform to the residual limb as needed without constricting the proximal end.
- No special lamination processes needed.
Designed and manufactured exclusively by U.S. Orthotics, the PACO™ (Plastic Anterior Control Orthosis) is a three-point pressure orthosis that encourages mild-extended posture. Constructed of durable plastic and lined with soft foam, it includes double padding at the sternal and lower abdominal areas. Circumference straps easily adjust at its back pad. SADMERC verified L-0472.
New products like these have made U.S. Orthotics an industry leader in the design, manufacture, and servicing of orthopedic products. Preferred by those who provide the best care for their patients. Made in the U.S.A.
OMEGA Tracer is the complete solution for clinicians interested in one system for all of their orthotic and prosthetic needs.
With the OMEGA Scanner, clinicians can shape capture for cranials, spinals, AFOs, insoles, transtibial, transfemoral and breast prostheses.
The OMEGA Tracer software allows clinicians to manipulate 3-D shape files. The software "wizards" mimic hand-modification processes for orthoses and prostheses, making the system easy and intuitive to use.
Once a shape file is finalized, clinicians may send files to an in-house carver or fabrication partner for production.
Ohio Willow Wood
Get more use out of your PDQ Infrared oven by installing the Oven Fan Kit. Powered by shop air, the kit reduces production time for O&P plastics by up to 20 percent and provides controlled heating of pre-preg and TFC materials. Available as a factory-installed option on a new oven, the Fan Kit can also be retrofitted to an existing PDQ Infrared oven in about an hour. Fits all models except BT-1.
The prosthetist's dream! No more fumbling with old-fashioned Allen wrenches. Our new ratcheting wrench has both 4mm and 5mm hex heads and four length adjustments for reaching those hard-to-handle areas.
The hex heads are also available separately.
The Ortho Remedy
SPS has immediate availability of SureFit's custom inserts and orthotics to all O&P customers. SureFit™, a division of SPS, is not just a name, it is what they deliver!
SureFit's patented fitting system achieves what competitors can only dream of creating—the perfect fit for your patient. SureFit is so confident your patient will receive the correct fit that they guarantee it! SureFit's state-of-the-art manufacturing system ensures each pair of custom inserts precisely matches the shape of your patient's foot and their SureFit shoe of choice.
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
Becker now offers the Shoulder Abduction Rotation Orthosis (SARO) in additional sizes and increased adjustability to enhance its clinical application. Since 2002, the SARO 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.
Finally, a Surform blade handle specifically for orthotic and prosthetic cast modification.
The Modification Handle (#CD309) fits 10-inch half-round and flat blades. It allows for aggressive and fine modifications while keeping fingers and knuckles clear of abuse. It's designed for easy cleaning and quick blade replacement.
Designed for low- to moderate-activity-level transtibial amputees, the new 6Y93 Balance Copolymer Liner keeps your patients in balance in more ways than one. The user-friendly, heat-moldable copolymer (TPE) material protects against socket forces for both cushion and locking liners, while encapsulated medical-grade mineral oil keeps skin supple and moisturized. Differing wall thicknesses provide 6mm of cushioning and reduced shear forces where your patients need it and 3mm of anti-bunching flexibility where they don't. Add the color-coded fabric, which makes it easy to correctly apply, and we have your patients (and you) covered.
Otto Bock HealthCare
Orthomerica Products Inc. introduces the new Molded Inner Boot (MIB™), a valuable addition to TC Flex™ AFOs. Compared to normal liners, the MIB offers more comfort and strength. Softness and intimate fit are not compromised for durability in this flexible design. The MIB is almost impossible to tear.
After years of fabricating high-quality pediatric total-contact foot orthoses, Orthomerica's TC Flex System now includes many options at one base price, making it easier to select the product without having to pay for extra features. For a limited time, get a web-only free-shipping offer by visiting www.tcflex.com
The new C39 Articulating Hyperextension Orthosis from Trulife is now available for same-day shipment from PEL Supply.
This orthosis, made for those with shorter torsos, offers the following features:
- Articulating or fixed pelvic band.
- Swivel sternal pad.
- Posterior pad may be used horizontally or vertically.
- Easy-to-use pull-strap to don or doff orthosis.
- New injection-molded thermoplastic locking closure.
PEL Supply Company
Now through June 30, 2009, receive a free 12-can polar-blue custom cooler with every SPS purchase order for any Renegade® family prosthetic foot, including those with the new sandal-toe option.
Just in time for warmer weather, the new sandal-toe option allows Renegade users to wear sandals or "flip-flops." Available on all Renegade models in sizes 22-28cm.
The polar-blue custom cooler has a unique side-angled lid design with Velcro® opening for easy access to the main compartment. Front slip and micro-mesh pockets, key ring, and metal beverage wrench make it a must for summer activities.
The AK Extreme Liner, available through SPS, provides an exceptional liner for active above-knee and below-knee amputees at an economical price. This inherent flexibility reduces your on-hand inventory cost and space requirements.
Elimination of 80 percent of vertical stretch compared to other ALPS gel liners provides extreme contact with the residual limb. Movement of the redundant tissue is reduced, and pistoning is substantially reduced.
ALPS' new GripGEL™ is more tactile than EZGel to gently but firmly support the residual limb and sensitive tissues.
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
- Leather upper.
- Medicare approved.
- Standard last for easy sizing using Ritzstick® or Brannock® device.
- Available in ten colors.
Apis Footwear Co.
(L-5972) is ideal for assisted transfer for ankle disarticulation and transtibial levels. It is also well suited for the transfermoral level when used with a manual lock or safety knee. For bilateral assisted transfer, the K1 Flexible Keel should be used in conjunction with a K2 Energy Storing "K Series" foot (dominant side). The biomechanical design minimizes ground-reaction force without the added weight of an ankle joint. The weight of the keel, titanium pyramid, and integrated foot shell is 7 oz. (198g). Weight limit is 130-339 lb., depending on size. Patent and patent pending.
Made with X-Static® Silver antimicrobial fiber, the X-Silver AK Shrinker™ makes it easy:
- EasyWear™ Belt: One size accommodates 32-50 in. waists.
- Easy adjustment: Stay-put gel band prevents migration and contains inner-thigh tissues. The seamless
design with a contoured distal end improves fit and control while providing 20-25mm Hg medium compression.
- Easy ordering: Available in five widths, three lengths.
- Interchangeable right/left side applications.
- Easy care: Machine wash, dry.
- Easy pricing! One size for economical inventories.
Complimentary sample to first ten practitioners who call.