Sock It To Me! - November 2011

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Sock It to Me! Good Footwear Starts with Good Socks
By Judith Phillips Otto


Janisse Socks are high on the list of things we take for granted. Whether it's for orthotic patients or for ourselves, we often select socks without giving the choice much thought, and yet the lowly sock can make a huge difference to its wearer's...

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What’s in a Name? How the Pedorthic Footcare Association Has Evolved from a Footwear to a Footcare Model
By Betta Ferrendelli


When an organization changes its name, the reasons for doing so vary from changes in its core function to better aligning the organization's name with what it does. The Pedorthic Footcare Association (PFA) recently changed its name from the Pedort...

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Finding the Right Fit: How to Create a Pedorthic Practice/Business Model that Works in Today’s Market
By Miki Fairley


"The biggest challenge pedorthists are facing today is not where to practice; rather, it is whether or not to focus in one area as opposed to spreading our wings of expertise and utilizing our full scope of practice." —Kristi Hayes, CPed, Presi...

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Feature

Cold Feet: The Power of Pedorthics for Winter Sports
By Morgan Stanfield


Stephen McDonald skiing in good form. Photograph courtesy of Stephen McDonald. What kind of magic keeps a man alive when he's snowboarding down a 60-degree slope from a 22,000-foot summit?

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Perspective

Motion Is My Passion
By Peter Morin, CPed


Peter Morin pursuing his passion-longboarding. Photograph courtesy of Peter Morin. Motion is my passion.

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Extraordinary O&P

Ricci Milan: Untapped
By Laura Hochnadel


Some of the Rhythmic Circus company in action. From left, front: Kaleena Miller, Ricci Milan, and Nick Bowman. From left, back: drummer/beatboxer "Heatbox" and drummer/vocalist Dan Ristrom.

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Stepping Out

Exploring a New Paradigm in Biomechanics
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


Do current theories of biomechanics adequately describe the functioning foot and lower limb? Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed Recently I wrote an article titled "The Effectiveness of Foot Orthotics" ( The O&P EDGE , July 2011, www.oandp.com/arti...

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Shop Talk

The Essential Guide to KAFO Fabrication, Part 2
By Pedro Salazar


How to Set Up Proper Alignment They're coming. Scanning tools, software, and milling machines will one day be able to duplicate every contour of a patient's leg, making it possible to fabricate a KAFO with unmatched precision. This technology...

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Face to Face

Face to Face: Molly Cooper CPO, LPO
By Molly Cooper, CPO, LPO


Molly Cooper discovered O&P while in her high school library perusing an encyclopedia of careers. She reached for the middle book-P-and when she placed it on her desk, it opened to the page that described a career in prosthetics. She thought it so...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Billing for O&P devices and care is complicated. When you have questions, count on "Got FAQs?" to help keep your claims on track. This month's column addresses your questions about PECOS claims rejection, O&P modifiers, and services for SNF patients.

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Industry Review - Conferences

Las Vegas Hosts 94th Annual AOPA National Assembly
By Betta Ferrendelli


Live Coverage by The O&P EDGE Melissa Stockwell speaks during the opening ceremony. Las Vegas, Nevada, was the destination of the 2011 American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) National Assembly, which provided O&P professionals with...

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Viewpoint

Evolutionary Moments
By Karen Henry


In a world where change buzzes, sometimes almost dizzyingly, around us, our belief systems—our fundamental ways of understanding the world and our place in it—ground us. But when an established belief system is confronted with a new way of thinkin...

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Online Exclusive

Pedorthic Education, an Update


Requirements on Track to Transition to Associate-Degree Level As the first year of the new pedorthic education requirements draws to a close, The O&P EDGE  takes a look at the progress that's been made. Until last year, if someone wanted to becom...

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