Amputee Soldiers Return to Combat - January 2011

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Return to Combat
By Pam Martin


A commitment to duty, advances in prosthetics technology, and changes in the rehabilitative model of care are enabling some soldiers with amputations to return to the front lines. "The only easy day was yesterday." -U.S. Navy SEALs Corporal Gar...

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Weighing In: Help Your Patients Fight Obesity and Win!
By Miki Fairley


Everywhere we turn, we are urged to exercise and get fit. Never before has there been so much readily available information about healthful, delicious food, how to prepare it, and what good nutrition is all about, including online recipes, nutriti...

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Society Spotlight: Managing the Aging Adult Prosthesis Candidate
By Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP


We live in an ever-changing world, but as the years pass, it seems that the rate at which change occurs is accelerating. Technology's radical progress, in particular, inevitably impacts our interactions with our peers and our patients, especially...

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Today’s Consumer

Roger Thomas: A Light-Year Leap
By Laura Hochnadel


From left: Waldo Esparza, CP, and Roger Thomas flash the "hang-loose" sign. Photograph courtesy of Tampa Bay Prosthetics. Roger Thomas is a hand model.

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Stepping Out

A Dynamic Approach to Managing Partial Foot Amputees
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed, and Robert Meier, CO, BOCO


When treating partial foot amputees, practitioners are faced with several issues. First and foremost is limb preservation. This is achieved by limiting the destructive forces of pressure, shear, and friction.

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Sports

Ski Spectacular Highlights “Healing Power of Sports”
By Laura Hochnadel


What a difference a year makes. This is especially true for Ornichleel "Leel" Ulysse, who, one year ago this month, became one of the 1,000-plus people who had one or more limbs amputated as a result of the devastating earthquake that hit Port au...

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Residency Report

Embarking on a Lifelong Journey
By Ronald Dickson


June 29, 2005, was my first day as an above-the-knee amputee. Everything good that has happened in my life recently has stemmed from that one moment. I had Trevor's Disease—a disorder involving the growth plates in my left knee and ankle tha...

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Face to Face

Face to Face: Michael Smerka, CP


"A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist." -Louis Nizer (1902-1994) Michael Smerka was an artist first....

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Industry Review - Humanitarian

A New Mission of Hope in Belize


Ninety percent of the world have access to only 10 percent of the world's medical resources, according to the International Hospital for Children. The people of Belize-lacking a medical infrastructure and trained personnel to serve their critical...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Running an O&P practice is complicated enough without having to sort through Medicare guidelines to determine the reason for a denial. "Got FAQs?" can help guide you through Medicare's maze. This month's column addresses your questions about Medic...

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Viewpoint

Questions Answered, Promises Kept
By Karen Henry


Our cover story this month began with a question-a couple of questions actually. Over the last several years, we have come across news stories that detail the experiences of U.S. soldiers who have returned to combat operations following an amputat...

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Online Exclusive

Jessica’s Patient Inspired Solution


EDGE Direct This success story is about balance and gait training for a four-year-old with a diagnosis of hypertonicity, spastic diplegia. Prior to Ultraflex bracing, Jessica's gait with AFOs and a posterior walker presented with severe crouch wi...

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Winning the Weight Fight: One Patient’s Success Story
By Miki Fairley


Casting. Photographs courtesy of Bio-Medic Appliances, Essex Junction, Vermont. Losing weight is often more than simply wanting to look your best for your tenth or 20th high school reunion-it can present a critically important health issue.

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