Prosthetists and Their Patients: A Good Match Can Be Life-Changing
By Susan Glairon
If the "journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step," there is no doubt that the right prosthetic componentry can help a person with an amputation take that first step. Without the right prosthetist, however, the journey would not necess...
Fueling a Life Lived Large
By Pam Martin
How pursuing life's passions strengthens the recovery process and stokes life after amputation. "Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain." —Joseph Campbell Peak performance in sports happens when the mind and bod...
Moving Forward, Making a Difference
By Laura Hochnadel
To speak up for what you believe in and affect change at any level of government—local, state, or national—is one of our country's foundational principles. Participation takes various forms, from voting to rallying support for a variety of issues...
The Power of Consumers to Affect Public Policy
By Peter Thomas
These days, many people believe that you can only get something done in Washington DC if you hire a lobbyist, pay a lot of money to a political figure, or work through a massive association with enough members to influence policymaking. Some peopl...
Hands, Head, Heart: Orthopedic Surgeon Douglas G. Smith, MD
By Miki Fairley
"Douglas Smith, MD, has been a wonderful advocate, a resource, and friend for the field of amputation. " —Todd Kuiken, MD, PhD For more than 20 years, Douglas G. Smith, MD, has been working to improve the quality of life for persons with amputatio...
How to Laminate Sockets
By Craig MacKenzie, CP, RTP(c)
There are many different ways to decorate a prosthetic socket, such as applying stickers, doing water transfer, and airbrushing. Of these techniques, using fabric for laminating is the most durable. However, the fabric chosen by the patient is not...
Wounded Warriors on the Diamond in Washington DC
By Pam Martin
The first-of-its-kind Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) crushed the able-bodied Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) All Stars (35-10) Friday, May 6, in the first of three exhibition games held in Washington DC. The brainchild of Gene...
Parity Begins at Home
I got a call last week from Joey, a technician who used to work for me. He asked if I could work on his microprocessor-controlled knee. Between the manufacturer and me, we had been able to keep Joey's heavily used knee in the saddle for about five...
Face to Face
Face to Face: Peter R. Davidson, RN, CPO
Observing O&P practitioners "thinking outside of the box" drew Peter Davidson, RN, CPO, to the profession. At the time, he was working as a flight paramedic/registered nurse for a teaching hospital and Level I trauma center. The hospital's O&P cli...
By Lisa Lake-Salmon
Running an O&P practice seems to be getting more complicated every year. When you have a question and can't seem to find the answer you're looking for, count on "Got FAQs?" to help point you in the right direction. This month's column addresses yo...
AOPA 2011 Policy Forum
By Karen Henry
Grassroots Efforts Really Do Make a Difference Rep. Wally Herger (R-CA), chair of the health subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee speaks at the AOPA Policy Forum. Photograph courtesy of AOPA.
ACPOC 2011: Professionals Helping Kids Be Kids
By Eugene Banziger, CPO(c)
Venue to the 2002 Winter Olympics, Park City, Utah's mountain backdrop provided the setting for this year's Association of Children's Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC) 33rd annual meeting, held at the Canyons Resort from March 30-April 2. ACPOC...
Insurance Fairness for Amputees
The phrase "prosthetic parity" has come to define a central legislative initiative that the Amputee Coalition and our friends and partners have promoted for several years. Many of you are familiar with "prosthetic parity," and you may be aware tha...
By Karen Henry
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bebionic Hand Gets Even Better....!!!
EDGE Direct The bebionic v2 hand is now available in medium and large sizes, and includes major improvements to speed, accuracy, grip, and durability, in addition to new grip patterns and software features.Combining ease of control with design e...
New: The Adjustable Dynamic Response™ (ADR™) KAFO-No Cable Release Needed.
When an AFO is not enough to treat severe crouch and gross LE weakness, the Ultraflex ADR KAFO provides a good alternative.
Features and benefits include:
- Safe stance control without locking the knee, ADR 0-30° flexion.
- Sit-to-standing ratchet support from 120° flexion to full extension.
- Low profile, sit-to-stand slide lock/safety release is easy to engage and disengage.
- ADR ankle, 0-40° dorsiflexion, 0-40° plantarflexion resistance or dampening effects.
- Adult and pediatric versions.
Orthomerica® Products is pleased to introduce the new Spectrum™ Slim™, a valuable addition to our latest Spectrum AFO product line. This slimmer and sleeker eye-catching gauntlet is designed to allow your patients a greater range of shoe options. The Spectrum Slim is ideal for patients who find standard gauntlets a challenge to get into a shoe. Its low profile design makes donning and doffing much easier for the patient, and its soft leather offers maximum comfort. The Spectrum Slim is available in black or tan leather, and black or white synthetic material.
Two-Day Turn-Around Time!
Becker Oregon's CRO Walker is a neuropathic healing boot designed to offer maximum flexibility and patient comfort, as well as ease of maintenance for the attending practitioner. The orthosis consists of a custom-molded clamshell design in your choice of composites or thermoplastics, with a removable, self-molding plantar liner and sub-liner available in 5mm and 10mm Plastazote® or Aliplast®. Removable, interchangeable liners allow for swelling and edema issues and assist in cleaning and replacement.
Design prosthetic and orthotic devices with WillowWood's OMEGA® Tracer® System. By using the OMEGA Scanner for shape capture, practitioners are able to obtain accurate, three-dimensional electronic images of patient shapes. OMEGA Tracer's intuitive software allows for shapes to be quickly and accurately modified, fabricated, and stored for future reference.
Create numerous O&P devices with the OMEGA Tracer System and the OMEGA Scanner: transtibial, transfemoral, and upper-extremity sockets; custom Alpha DESIGN® Liners; custom breast prostheses; cranials; AFOs; insoles; and spinals.
Over the years, Friddle's has provided the orthotics and prosthetics industry with high-quality, innovative products. The new ten-gallon Mini-Vac Vacuum System (Item #700-060) is another standard-setting product. This new vacuum system offers unmatched functionality and versatility. The new ten-gallon system is able to handle both large and small jobs. Our low-maintenance unit is designed for convenience and longevity and is made from the finest materials and components available. For professional products and supplies, always consider Friddle's.
Friddle's Orthopedic Appliances
EXOS O&P Fastening Kits deliver Boa® high-performance, cable-closure technology for custom AFOs and other O&P applications. A unique business partnership between TRS Prosthetics, EXOS Corporation, and Boa Technology is making these products available to the O&P market. The Kits, available in two power levels, provide a wide assortment of Boa components, which include reels, guides, and lacing cable, and use and fabrication instructions.
The Kits can be used to create custom, individual O&P products or for prototyping. EXOS's unique, low-temperature, thermoformable laminate sheets can also be ordered with these Kits.
Water resistant, lightweight, and secure, Otto Bock's 3R41 is an excellent solution for low-activity users. The 3R41 locking knee provides audible feedback with a noticeable click when the lock is engaged. The durable plastic material makes it water resistant and lightweight, yet stable. Contact your local Otto Bock sales representative for more information.
Otto Bock HealthCare
The new THRIVE™ from Freedom Innovations is the world's first load-activated prosthetic foot. Ideal for those who work in construction, farming, or any occupation that requires heavy lifting, the dual-keel design manages additional loads (up to 30% of the user's body weight) by providing incremental support. This ensures consistent performance and ultimately greater confidence among users.
PEL Supply offers a low-profile, functional orthotic solution for the management of genu recurvatum combined with footdrop and ankle instability. ToeOFF® and BlueRocker™, from Allard USA, are effective gait-rehabilitation orthoses. The Combo is a lightweight, removable knee-brace attachment for ToeOFF or BlueRocker that manages genu recurvatum.
- Uprights easily shaped and adjusted to optimum height for patient.
- Modular components accommodate variances in thigh and calf circumferences.
- Easy to don and doff.
- Sold individually.
PEL Supply Company
Orthofeet is adding breathable Mary Jane shoes, which integrate a chic design with a stretchy fit and exceptional comfort.
- Two-way padded strap enables fastening on either side of the shoe and an easy adjustment of the strap length.
- Stretchable fabric allows the upper to conform to feet with bunions and hammer toes.
- A5500 Medicare coded.
Educational Presentation Sponsored by Becker Orthopedic and Tamarack Habilitation Technologies.
Upon completion of a short exam, qualifying professionals will receive two PCE credits from the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABC).
- Orthotic and pedorthic intervention.
- Coefficient of friction overview.
- Principles of shear offloading.
- Case examples.
- Technical aspects of friction management.
- Installation techniques.
Please contact Becker Orthopedic to request your free educational CD today!
A More Realistic Appearance, Naturally!
Durable and easy to clean, Skin Natural gloves provide more realistic characteristics due to a multilayered structure that creates an impression of depth. The PVC-based material provides robust features for the gloves, showing high durability compared to other materials. Skin Natural is appropriate for patients wearing myoelectric, body-powered, and passive-arm prostheses. Contact Otto Bock HealthCare to find out how to get your patients into Skin Natural today.
Otto Bock HealthCare
The Venture® combines College Park's trademark multiaxial design with a higher-frequency dynamic response for more active users. Increasing the toe lever to match the anatomical foot length allows for natural energy distribution.
Key features include:
- True multiaxial function with transverse rotation for natural-feeling performance.
- Extended toe lever facilitates immediate power and increased response with each stride.
- Adjustable Stride Control™ helps fine-tune gait without disassembly.
- Scaled design allows for more natural proportions.
- Same-day, custom built to order.
College Park Industries
OPTEC is proud to present our new Stealth PRO™, which is ideal for patients requiring firm support. The Stealth's revolutionary, intercrossing strapping system, along with the anterior opening design, combines with a rigid back panel to provide spinal stabilization from the sacrococcygeal junction to the T9 vertebra. The Stealth PRO back panel attaches to the Stealth brace with a secure elastic suspender, which ensures the same fit every time with no rotation of either component when donning.
PDAC recently approved both the Stealth PRO2 and Stealth PRO4 for HCPCS code L0631.
New: Enhanced adult Adjustable Dynamic Response™ (ADR™). Available now.
New enhanced joint design benefits include:
- 40% lighter.
- 30% smaller.
- 5% stronger.
- Improved corrosion resistance.
- Improved adjustable dynamic load response and magnitude.
The enhanced adult ADR™ UltraSafeStep™ will be similar in size to the pediatric version of the ADR™ UltraSafeGait™. Ultraflex's exclusive Adjustable Dynamic Response™ technology is designed for managing gait dysfunction, crouch, equinus, and variants of crouch and equinus.
"Skill is the unified force of experience, intellect and passion...."
You have the intellect and the passion! Build your experience and skill at a NUPOC Certificate Course in Prosthetics/Orthotics. Enter the field or extend your title. Very few Certificate Courses remain before the 2013 master of science mandate. We welcome all highly motivated individuals who want to be prosthetists and orthotists. For more information, e-mail
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University Prosthetics/Orthotics Center
Through the end of June 2011, any SPS purchase of a Plié 2.0 MPC Knee will qualify you to receive a FREE Freedom Series™ prosthetic foot (includes Pacifica®, Pacifica LP, Highlander®, or Sierra® foot) and a FREE foot shell.
Alternatively, you may choose a Freedom Vertical Shock* foot product for 50% off the list price plus a FREE foot shell with your SPS purchase of a Plié 2.0 MPC Knee.
*All Renegade® and Silhouette® models as well as the THRIVE™ prosthetic foot are eligible under this limited-time promotion.
New Prosthetic Foot for Geriatric Amputees
Gery®, another patented product from PROTEOR, is specially designed for K1 patients with limited indoor walking requirements and low-level activity.
The innovative rigid core and Keasy®-like foam provide an easy gait. This results in reducing pressure forces to the socket, thus reducing pain to the residual limb. Less physically capable wearers are able to take symmetrically longer steps.
The pyramidal connector and malleolar clip are included.
- Lightweight-30% lighter than the S.A.C.H. foot.
- Easy step completion.
PROTEOR Handicap Technologie
Human Intelligence Technology (HI-Tech) is featuring the Jim Smith one-ply filler sock this month.
Amputees wearing cotton cast socks oft en complain about their
durability. Our filler sock is a 50/50 cotton/polyester blend with a
nylon-reinforced toe. Th ey last longer than cotton cast socks and
are less expensive than one-ply
- No side seam.
- With or without distal hole.
- Circumferential stretch.
- Great price and quality.
- Does not ravel when cut.
Sold in packages of one dozen. Exceptional service and no backorder
Human Intelligence Technology (HI-Tech)
Dycor's toe-filler (L-5000) and ankle-height (L-5010)partial foot prostheses incorporate custom silicone liners (L-5681) and advanced composite sockets (L-5629). A flexible keel can be extended from the socket into the forefoot (L-5972). Low-definition protective covers (L-5962) are available in tan or brown and made from urethane or silicone.
Cast the residuum inside the appropriately fitting shoe and on top of the corrective device, if used. Indicate trim lines, ML/AP vertical reference, a tracing of the contralateral foot, and the shoe in which the cast was taken. Prior to molding, call Dycor technical services.
Provel off ers cost-eff ective, fast, easy-to-use, and reliable O&P automation. The D2 digitizer, C7 carver, and T7 thermoformer are appropriate for small clinics as well as large central fabs. All are AOP file compatible and backed by a two-year warranty. The D2 digitizer allows automated shape capture of prosthetic casts with unmatched accuracy.
The C7 carver is not only fast and precise, its self-contained dust-collection system is extremely quiet. The T7 thermoformer consistently produces high-quality thermoplastic sockets from industry-standard preforms.
The Pyramid PYR-SL-R-TI is the newest addition to Prosthetic Design's Pyramid line. It features a 12.7mm (1/2) slide off center, with closed ends on the base and offers 360 degrees of rotation, and a low, 16.25mm profile. The PYR-SL-R-TI is manufactured of titanium and is compatible with the European 4-hole pattern. The rotation is locked into place by tightening the 4 adjustment set screws on the interfacing component, similar to PDI's PR-SL-R-TI. Rotation is positively controlled in 3 degree increments with the use of interfacing radial serrations. The slide is locked at the same time the 4 adjustment set screws of the interfacing component are tightened.
Prosthetic Design Inc.
The new, patented, spherical-axis FC2 Ankle, available at SPS, provides up to 70° of anterior-posterior range of motion thanks to its plantar/dorsiflexion-stop setscrews. The unique design, made of high-quality, heat-treated stainless steel, allows for adjustments to be made while the patient is wearing the orthosis.
The pre-contoured design saves fabrication time while facilitating a low-profile finish. The ball-and-socket design provides 26° of adjustability at the ankle axis. A self-squaring molding dummy is available to significantly reduce fabrication time.
Fabtech Systems has redeveloped its website to take users to the definitive level of usability.
The upgraded website includes:
- Ability to purchase Fabtech products online, including access to Internet/e-mail-only coupons.
- Access to documents, catalogs, and forms.
- Technical FAQs.
- Ability to view order history and current order status, print invoices, and reorder quickly and easily.
- Access to product and service video demos and service information sheets.
- A distributor support category with access to photos/logos.
- Online CAD/CAM C-fab job-tracking service.
Fabtech looks forward to continuing to evolve its online presence.
Fabtech Systems LLC