Be Prepared - July 2011

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Be Prepared: If an Inspector Visits Your Facility, Will You Be Ready?
By Miki Fairley


Author's note: This article is for general information only and is not intended to be applied to any O&P facility's individual situation and obligation under FDA regulations. Readers are encouraged not to assume their facility, activities, and any...

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Feature

Continuing Education Shortage for Techs: Fact or Fiction?
By Judith Philipps Otto


It's official: There is no vast conspiracy to suppress O&P technicians and prevent an intellectual uprising, research reveals. The O&P EDGE was prompted to investigate by a recent posting to an O&P discussion group that questioned the availability...

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Feature

Society Spotlight: Charting a Course for the Future of O&P Fabrication
By Glenn Hutnick, CPO, CTP, FAAOP


As a boater and sports fisherman, I have learned many different ways to chart a course. Once you know your starting and ending points, you can determine the best route to your destination. The journey may not always be easy.

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Perspective

Words Matter: Is it Really “Custom Molded”?
By Aaron Anderson, CPed, BOCPD


Importance of Knowledge Fabricating custom feet orthoses properly takes time, experience, and a commitment to quality. Many professionals such as podiatrists, pedorthists, physical therapists, chiropractors, athletic trainers, and massage therapis...

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Today’s Consumer

Laurie Richmond: Helping Hands
By Laura Hochnadel


Laurie Richmond shows off her culinary skills and her adeptness at using the Motion Control Hand. Photographs courtesy of Harold Sears and Motion Control, Salt Lake City, Utah. It takes a keen eye to see that Laurie Richmond wears a prosthetic lef...

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Shop Talk

The Virtue of Failure
By Tony Wickman


Not all of my ideas are good ones, and neither are yours, but you know what? That's not necessarily a bad thing. Frequently I am asked to build an orthosis, which, in my humble opinion, is bound to fail.

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Stepping Out

The Effectiveness of Foot Orthotics
By Séamus Kennedy


This past January, The New York Times published an article in the Tuesday Science Times section titled " Close Look at Orthotics Raises a Welter of Doubts ." The article's author briefly interviewed me for the piece. She summarized my comments as...

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Residency Report

The Outcome Is in the Details
By Ronald Dickson


It is hard to describe the residency experience in its entirety. It could best be summed up as one massive learning experience. Now at the three-quarters mark, I am hitting the home stretch.

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Sports

Warrior Games 2011; New Motocross Champ


Warrior Games 2011: The Definition of Perseverance Lance Corporal Nicholas Green. Photograph courtesy of Denise Faddis, The O&P EDGE. Military honors; a flyover by Navy F-18 Super Hornet fighter jets; a path lined with flag-waving and cheering fa...

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Face to Face

Face to Face: Gary Dodge, CTPO


Gary Dodge received a ground-up introduction to the O&P profession—by sweeping floors at Dodge & Lundquist, a Seattle, Washington-based prosthetics clinic owned by his father Morris Dodge, CP, and Bob Lundquist, CP. At just six years of age, Dodge...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Billing for O&P devices seems to get more complicated by the day. Count on "Got FAQs?" to help answer your toughest questions. This month's column addresses your questions about billing codes for K2 amputees, replacement orthopedic footwear, and S...

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Industry Review

Amputee Coalition Marks Silver Anniversary


Jackie Sims learns something and meets someone new every time she attends an Amputee Coalition National Conference. This year's meeting did not disappoint. Sims, 46, who has bilateral transtibial amputations and a left wrist disarticulation, says...

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Industry Review

PrimeFare East Regional Scientific Symposium Garners Enthusiastic Attendance


PrimeFare attendees network during lunch in the exhibit hall. Photograph courtesy of PrimeCare Orthotics & Prosthetics Network. The 13th annual PrimeFare East meeting, held June 3-4, 2011, at the Nashville Convention Center in downtown Nashville,...

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Viewpoint

EDGE: In-House “Fabrication” and Growing
By Tonja Randolph


At Western Media, we strive to be your best O&P industry news and information source. Most of our "fabrication" is done in-house. From the editorial concepts, to the writing, to the sales, and through production, we have a team of committed people...

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Online Exclusive

Evolution Industries’ New Facility Opens this Month!


EDGE Direct Evolution Industries Inc. is pleased to announce it has moved to its new 40,000-square-foot facility. Still located in Orlando, Florida, the move allows for the centralization of Evolution's production and fabrication operations.

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