O&P Fabrication: Getting It Right the First Time
By Miki Fairley
When it comes to fabricating O&P devices-whether in-house or in a central fabrication facility-it's not always possible to get it right the first time. But it is possible to greatly reduce the number of fabrication re-dos, thus saving labor and ma...
Customers Speak Out about Evolution Custom Liners
By Evolution Industries, Inc.
"As a previous user of custom urethane liners, I have been very satisfied with the quality and performance of Evolution's custom silicone liners. The customer service is fabulous, and they will always go the extra mile to make sure you are totally...
Choosing the Right Resin
By Morgan Stanfield
Sharon Dolly prepares a lamination at PEL Supply Company. Photograph courtesy of PEL Supply Company No matter how long you've been fabricating O&P devices, weighing the advantages of one lamination resin over another can be complex. Some resins...
Survey Says... O&P Technicians Define Their Scope of Practice
By Morgan Stanfield
If O&P had a roster of unsung heroes, technicians would populate the top of the list. They spend much of their professional lives manipulating hazardous materials with hazardous tools, enduring heat, cacophony, and fumes to translate clinical pres...
Technician Education—Filling in the Gaps
By Miki Fairley
For the orthotics and prosthetics field, there is an issue that goes beyond processes and systems-and that's education. Related to fabrication, that means technician education, a subject Brad Mattear of O&P 1 is passionate about. Mattear is on the...
Custom Shoes: Further Considerations
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed
When ordering custom shoes, enhancements can be requested to meet the requirements of patients with unique needs. The implementation of the Therapeutic Shoe Bill (TSB) in 1993 opened up a marketing opportunity for extra-depth shoe manufacturers to...
By Jim Williams
My first job in O&P started in January of 1986, at the SPS central fab. I was doing above-knee exoskeletal setups, which have mostly been replaced by modular componentry. The next department I cycled to was plaster, where my task was to take the m...
Ernie Paulson: Mixed Martial Artist
By Jane Albritton
Photograph courtesy of Ernie Paulson Ernie Paulson was 17 years old in 1994 when his doctors told him he had two options for dealing with a rare form of soft tissue cancer—clear cell sarcoma—that had showed up looking like a perfectly round wart...
Old Liners, New Uses
By Craig MacKenzie, CP, RTP(c)
Drape Molding Using Recycled Silicone Liners How many of you have a box of old liners sitting in a corner collecting dust? Well, dust off that box. Now, covered and uncovered silicone liners have a new use.
Developing a Clinical Identity
By Sara Pschigoda
My year as an orthotic resident is racing to an end, and I have transitioned to the final phase of my residency—supervised autonomy. I have been given the responsibility of managing my own schedule of patients, yet I have the safety net of my coll...
Face to Face
Five Questions for Scott Wimberley, CIO, RTPO
Scott Wimberley may be one of the busiest technicians in O&P. He serves as production-facility manager for Cornerstone Prosthetics and Orthotics, Everett, Washington; technical-services manager at Cornerstone's sister company, Fabtech Systems, Muk...
Billing & Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon
Whether you are just starting an O&P practice and need help or you've been running a practice for years and have a billing question, 'Got FAQs?' is there with the answers you need to help keep your business running smoothly. This month's column ta...
Progress on Parity
Progress Toward National Parity
By Morgan Sheets
United States Representative Robert E. Andrews (D-NJ) has introduced the Prosthetic and Custom Orthotic Parity Act of 2009 to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Summer Excitement for The O&P EDGE
By Tonja Randolph
Eight years ago, I joined classmates.com to "reconnect"with old friends. I paid the annual membershipfee, logged on, and instantly became addicted!I had moved around a lot as a kid and found myselfthinking of many past acquaintances. I becameenthr...
When an insole just isn't enough, the ToeOFF® T-Strap pulls the
talocrual and subtalar joints laterally to reposition them under
ToeOFF T-Strap features include:
- Quick, easy application. Distal end attaches to the ToeOFF 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.
A new, modern design approach inspired Becker Oregon to
combine the conveniences of a modular system with the rigidity
and lightweight characteristics of composites to
create a laminated system that is user-friendly to
The laminated sections of the orthoses are now
fabricated around the metal components and
attached with screws.
- Lightweight—typical KAFO weighs only 2.6 lbs.
- Components can easily be detached for fitting, adjustment, and replacement.
- Cosmetically appealing streamlined design.
Ohio Willow Wood's custom-fabrication department provides
high-quality craftsmanship and prompt turnaround for
Prosthetic-fabrication services include:
- Positive-model carving
- BK and AK check sockets
- Single laminations or co-poly definitive sockets
- Double laminations or exoskeletal definitive sockets
- Sockets with flexible liner and laminated frame
- Shaping of AK and BK foam covers
- Custom Alpha DESIGN® Liners
Customers can supply plaster casts for fabrication orders.
Orders may also be submitted by phone, fax, mail, or via CAD,
either as OMEGA Tracer® files or AOP files.
Ohio Willow Wood
The Richie Brace® is an innovation that needs no introduction.
SPS has all Richie Brace configurations available, from the original
Richie Brace Standard® to the new Richie Gauntlet™.
The custom ankle-foot orthosis designed to treat chronic
conditions of the foot and ankle, the
Richie Brace provides ideal stabilization
of rotational forces at the midtarsal,
subtalar, and talocrural joints.
These functional braces incorporate
contoured, balanced orthotic footplates
articulated to adjustable, semi-rigid,
lower-leg uprights. They also provide versatility
in treating sports injuries as well
as debilitating degenerative pathologies
of the foot and ankle.
The Model 2009 Automatic Ring
Lock Knee Joint 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
Original StepLock® and InterLock™ are now compatible with the
new Rod Style Bail Kit (RBK) from OTS Corporation. Easy to
fabricate, the RBK allows the addition of a bail without the need
to braze two pieces together. It is shipped with all the parts and
tools you need to make a nice-looking bail kit and is less expensive
than an SBK kit. Order from your favorite distributor, or call
OTS customer service.
The new low-profile i-LIMB Hand provides a significant benefit
to female upper-extremity amputees as well as smaller-framed
men. The low-profile i-LIMB Hand is approximately 2.5 percent
shorter in length and 14.6 percent smaller at the wrist than
the small hand. It is available in natural or black, with options
for standard, wrist-disarticulation, above-elbow, or single-site
Additionally, the new
slim-line battery allows
each cell to be positioned
either side-by-side, one
atop the other, or separated
by 135mm within
the socket for maximum
Skinergy Plus™ sets a new
standard for silicone belowknee
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.
The new dark-tone foot shell is available for the following new
Endolite feet ship fully assembled
and include the glide sock where applicable. The foot shell will
continue to be supplied in either the light or dark tone with the
purchase of these feet. Foot shells are also available for individual
Now you can have a choice. OPTEC is offering the revolutionary
Stealth and Vertamax orthoses in new, appealing colors.
The Stealth and Vertamax will be offered in white and beige
respectively. Both spinal systems will continue to be available in
The Stealth and the Vertamax continue to offer superior
support and comfort, which your patients deserve. Call today for
a free 30-day trial sample of the Stealth and Vertamax.
The Element Foot™ from Fillauer was designed to support each
phase of the gait cycle, from heel strike, to mid-stance, to toe-off,
resulting in unsurpassed smoothness, stability, and performance.
The system kit includes foot, heel bands and elastomers, Spectra®
sock, and instruction manual.
- Unique Third Element technology.
- Smooth rollover and superior stability.
- Natural gait cycle and fluid rollover.
- Interchangeable heel elastomers for fine tuning heel stiffness.
- Modular design with superior flexibility.
- Low-profile design requires only 3.75 in. clearance (9.5cm).
- Incredibly lightweight-only 310g.
PEL Supply Company
Start off the right way-give toddlers an orthosis that allows
their little feet to move in a natural gait pattern.
KiddieGAIT, manufactured by Allard USA,
provides a carbon-composite framework to
build an orthosis that encourages functional
heel-to-toe gait. While an SMO (molded inner
boot) or UCB controls the foot, KiddieGAIT's
floor-reaction frame adds dynamic response and
lower-leg anterior support and stability while
providing an opportunity to manage the knee-extension/flexion moment. This combination
allows customized function to meet
specific patient needs.
KiddieGAIT is available at all SPS
distribution centers nationwide.
The T-Scope Elbow Brace is ideal for fixed or controlled range
of motion for the treatment of ligamentous injuries or stable
fractures of the elbow or upper arm. Manufactured by BREG, the
T-Scope Elbow Brace is the lightest (13 oz.) post-op elbow brace
on the market.
The low-profile T-Scope provides:
- Telescoping forearm and humeral struts to accommodate varying arm lengths.
- Extension control from 10-degree hyperextension to 110 degrees.
- Flexion control from 10-120 degrees.
- Customizable pads and straps for trimming to fit various arm sizes.
- Available in regular or long. Call for additional sizing information.
The Model 1017 Automatic Angled Lever Lock
Knee Joint is a modular lever-lock knee joint with
a locking mechanism that will automatically engage
when the joint reaches full extension. The long,
angled lever is easily operated by the patient and can
be shortened or contoured to suit individual needs.
In addition, Model 1017 comes with an optional
anterior pull-cable that allows the patient to simultaneously
disengage both locks when necessary.
With one of the largest and most extensive selections of diabetic
and orthopedic footwear, stepping in style and has never been
Our footwear stock includes BoxerDogs, Mt. Emey, and
Answer2. We also offer Medicare-approved custom diabetic
inserts, as well as toe fillers,
prefabricated diabetic inserts,
and other products pertaining
to diabetic foot management.
We guarantee value pricing,
huge product selection, and
a commitment to excellent
service you have to experience.
Our 2009 catalog is available.
Apis Footwear Co.
Orthofeet is offering a large collection of stylish Fisherman
shoes that combine all the biomechanical features with superb
breathability. The upper's unique design
allows the shoes to stretch at the forefoot
area, easing pressure on bunions and
accommodating swollen feet.
Additional unique features include:
- Padded fabric lining that offers excellent comfort and protection.
- Wide toe-box that offers extra room for toe movement.
- Two removable spacers that ensure a customized fit.
- Ergonomic cushioning sole that provides a functional toe-spring.
Covered by Medicare.
TRS introduces two new, redesigned BAHA models-the
original adult model and the brand-new pediatric size. BAHAs
completely replace the steel ring in an N.W. Figure 8 harness,
improving the system by opening
up the axilla loop and lowering
the path of the cable-control strap
for better biomechanical control
of the terminal device. The new,
curved-slots design provides more
versatility in altering the harness
angles, improving patient comfort
and function. Constructed of
high-strength, flexible polymers in
TRS tan color.
Dycor's new "K Series" K3 Energy Storing foot relies on plantar
compression of rubber bumpers and dorsi-deflection of a semiflexible
keel. This combination provides an ideal platform that
is nearly identical in function to Dycor's FDS Energy Returning
foot (with the exception of a firmer forefoot) and is best suited for unilateral
and bilateral unassisted ADL (K3). Weight limit is 99-259 lb., depending
on size. Weight of foot is 7 oz. including integrated EVA foot shell. Patent and