O&P Education's Final Frontier
By Miki Fairley
Fueled by fast-paced advances in technology and research, O&P education is entering its final frontier: PhD. Hovorka Day Neumann Geil Hafner Muller "In early 2002, there were no entry-level master's programs in P&O in the United...
Does It Work for O&P?
By Betta Ferrendelli
"Blended learning is a hybrid of classroom and online learning that includes some of the conveniences of online courses without the complete loss of face-to-face contact." —Alfred P. Rovai and Hope M. Jordan, "Blended Learning and Sense of Commun...
Getting Information from the Laboratory to the Treatment Room
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP
The value of translation became apparent to me several years ago while my wife and I were traveling through Europe. Having spent several days in Oxford, our original travel plans had us going on to London, where we would board a high-speed Chunnel...
The Residency Experience
By Denise Larkins, MSPO, CO
A survey of O&P residents provides insight into how residencies have evolved over the years. Introduction For aspiring O&P practitioners, a good O&P residency is where the rubber begins to meet the road. Having spent the previous four to six years...
O&P's Family Tree
By Betta Ferrendelli
Hard work, flexibility, and love for family are the keys to success. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, when some O&P businesses first opened their doors, traveling salesmen, mail order, and hand-written patient charts were the norm. Today, comput...
HHS Moves Forward with Development of Essential Health Benefits Package
By Peter W. Thomas, JD, and Theresa Morgan
If the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or ACA)—the national healthcare reform law—survives a U.S. Supreme Court challenge scheduled for March and the November presidential election, most Americans will find themselves obligated t...
Taking Prosthetic Research to the Next Level
By M. Jason Highsmith, DPT, CP, FAAOP; and Jason T. Kahle, CPO, FAAOP
Research has multiple important functions. For instance, it describes standard and novel aspects of clinical practice, characterizes the state of education of a profession, demonstrates what late-breaking techniques and devices are being used in l...
How Residency Has Shaped Our Practice
By Bryan Malas, MHPE, CO
Residency in O&P has garnered much discussion since its inception in 1993. Topics ranging from resident selection to the ideal learning environment serve as the backdrop for this educational paradigm that is now mandatory in our profession. Reside...
John W. Michael, MEd, CPO, LPO, FAAOP, FISPO
By Miki Fairley
Although he modestly says that in any given aspect of O&P, he can name at least ten professionals who surpass him in expertise, John W. Michael is arguably unique in the sheer scope of his knowledge and experience. His professional know-how encomp...
Treating Heel Pain Conservatively
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed
Heel pain is one of the more common diagnoses of the foot and ankle, and in its advanced stages it can be debilitating. As a testament to its frequency, it regularly comes up in conversations outside of work when I explain what I do for a living....
Looking Back, Looking Ahead
Prosthetics and Orthotics at Georgia Tech: Celebrating a Decade of Achievement
By Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, LPO, FAAOP
What began as an idea by an engineering professor to create an advanced education program in prosthetics and orthotics at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Atlanta, was later transformed into reality. In the 1990s, Arthur Koblasz...
Billing and Collections Q&A
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 submitting corrected Medicare claims, coding for prosthetic hands, an...
Industry Review - Conference
Pac Rim 2012
Exclusive live coverage from The O&P EDGE. Pacific (Pac) Rim 2012, a Pacific Forum for Physical Rehabilitation, sponsored by the U.S. Member Society of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (USISPO) in cooperation with The O&P ED...
By Tonja Randolph
When The O&P EDGE launched in 2002, some people said the magazine would never succeed. I know I've talked about this before, but it bears repeating-not only because I am intensely proud of the dedication and accomplishments of my staff over the l...
Endolite Expands Sales and Clinical Team
EDGE Direct Joining Endolite's sales team as territory managers are Tammy Gibson, Leslee Weidenbach, Maegan Miller, and Kristin Stamatis. Gibson will represent Endolite's New England market, which includes Connecticut, Maryland, Maine, New Hamps...
Students Share Perspectives on Hybrid Education
By Betta Ferrendelli
Angela Kanavel is completing her first year in the O&P master's program at Eastern Michigan University (EMU), Ypsilanti. What she likes about learning online is being able to take the courses when it is best for her, which makes it easier to work...
Prepare for your P&O certification exams! Enroll in a two-day comprehensive review of Prosthetics-641 or Orthotics-731, to be held April 20-21, 2012 (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.). Classes run concurrently and tuition for either class is $450. Lectures, practice examinations, case studies, and problem-solving opportunities make this your gateway to certification success! Enroll now at www.nupoc.northwestern.edu/education/continuing_ed_registerNorthwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern University Prosthetics/Orthotics Center
The BT-4 Infrared Oven is the latest addition to the PDQ oven line. The BT-4 is capable of bubble forming (18" clearance), has enough drop for even the biggest check socket, and is big enough to heat most of your KAFO sheet plastic while taking up minimal floor space.
- Four 1,000 watt emitters on top and four on bottom.
- Programmable, digital temperature controller.
- Dual electric fans for air circulation.
- Four interior lights and large viewing window.
- Vacuum line access point.
- Sheet-plastic tray with fitted Teflon® cover.
Soft and cuddly when worn next to the skin, the new Hugger Top Soft-Sock from Knit-Rite uses the stretching and fitting qualities of Lycra to offer a more tailored fit, reduced rolling and bunching, and maintain sock placement.
Knit-Rite claims that its patented hemispherically knit, three-dimensional distal end shape provides improved fit and comfort over the traditional flat knit envelope shape of prosthetic socks.
Now available in white, pink, and black. The moisture-wicking fibers of the Hugger Top Soft-Sock help to pull moisture away from the skin and inhibit sock odor.
PEL Supply Company
The Mt. Emey® Medical Collection of shoes from Apis Footwear is designed for hard-to-fit feet or feet with larger orthotics needs. The Medical Colletion offers a variety of closures for ease-of-fit adjustability. These shoes will accommodate mild or severe foot deformities related to conditions such as edema, Charcot, bunions, and rheumatoid arthritis, and are in stock for on-time delivery.
Whether you need to order custom orthotics only or from the large selection of Apis shoes, we offer great package deals. Call our friendly customer service representatives for more details.
Apis Footwear Co.
Optec USA proudly presents its newest line of products, the Gladiator Knee Brace. Gladiator Knee Braces are built to offer durable, dependable support to patients of every activity level. By offering varying heights and designs, the Gladiator series ensures your patients will receive the optimal brace for their specific needs.
Ottobock now offers a line of waterproof components! Designed specifically for use in the water, the Aqualine® waterproof prostheses provide waterproof protection for either transtibial or transfemoral users. The Aqualine components are perfect for use as a shower leg or for other water activities. The Aqualine accommodates users who weigh up to 330 lb. and includes specially modified adapters, pylons, and a tube clamp along with the waterproof knee and foot. Call your local Ottobock sales representative to learn more.
Allard USA is proud to announce the availability of its first-ever complete catalog. Easily find product numbers, sizing information, and replacement-component information for all Allard USA innovative products: ToeOFF® Family, SWASH®, Kid-Dee-Lite™, CHECK, X-LITE®, 3D-Lite™, and Cut-4-Custom.
You will also find an electronic version of the catalog at www.allardusa.com. The electronic version includes an interactive table of contents so you can just click on any item and immediately transfer to the page that details the information for that specific product.
Patients up to 275 lb. can now benefit from the advanced science of Ottobock's Harmony® P3 vacuum system. Harmony P3 creates an optimal limb environment, with volume management, excellent suspension, plus internal and external rotation for easier maneuvering and shock absorption. Ideal for your low- to high-mobility patients—they'll feel the difference immediately in comfort, security, and proven reliability.
Contact your Ottobock sales representative.
Orthomerica® Products introduces the new California® Ventura™ Spinal Brace that is easy to fit, yet simple for the patient to don and doff. The Ventura provides controlled levels of stability by featuring easily removable, rigid plastic components—making it ideal throughout rehabilitation. When spinal control of exten-sion and flexion is desired, the Ventura is the perfect fit. Available in four different PDAC-approved options, as well as the ability to purchase additional components.
The PRO CUFF forearm "prosthosis," equipped with high-performance BOA® tensioning technology, is fabricated from EXOS low-temperature laminate and is easily custom shaped. Slip it on the patient, shape it to the limb, apply tension, and it hardens permanently, until reheated. A stainless, disconnect terminal-device bracket system is easily mounted to the medial aspect of the PRO CUFF, allowing for proximal-distal terminal-device placement.
Cushioned foam inside for comfort; stealth-black exterior; five-inches long; both right and left models.
Perfect for golf, kayaking, swimming, light weight conditioning, and more. Competitively priced!
Water transfer printing is a state-of-the-art fabrication process that coats prosthetics with a permanent decorative finish. With this innovative process, GRACE offers your patients the same superior service without compromising on durability or affordability. In fact, water transfer printing is comparable in cost to cloth lamination. With water transfer printing, your patients can choose from hundreds of color and pattern design options for the ultimate in custom fabrication. For more information, pattern samples or to order, contact us at 800.940.5347.
Grace Prosthetic Fabrication
Proven in our own central fabrication lab, Evolution's premium-quality components are perpetually evolving and developing with your patients' needs and comfort in mind.
Evolution Industries Inc.
The FullStride™ Shadow from Becker Oregon is a lightweight KAFO that combines structural strength and cosmetic appeal with the FullStride mechanical stance-control orthotic knee joint. The inherent rigidity of the FullStride Shadow ensures that optimal joint alignment and function are maintained throughout the gait cycle. Constructed of lightweight and rigid composite materials, the FullStride Shadow's sleek and open design offers patients an unparalleled blend of form and function.
Orthofeet is introducing an innovative boot, which integrates style and biomechanical performance.
Features and benefits include:
- A combination of an elastic lace and a one-strap closure offers easy On/Off along with convenient fastening.
- Double-depth design accommodates thick orthotics and braces.
- High heel-counter provides excellent Medio-Lateral support.
- Special upper design allows unrestricted sagittal plane motion.
- Seamless lining with extra foam padding enhances comfort and fit.
- Lightweight Ergonomic-Stride™ Sole helps propel the foot forward.
Fillauer's Wave Comfort Foot System™ uses unique, tri-spring design elements that allow seamless transition and stable progression from heel strike to toe off. This promotes a supple feel while maintaining a dynamic response. The wave spring and variable durometer heel bumpers enhance stability at heel strike through shock absorption and plantarflexion. The smooth action of the heel rocker and the stable dynamics of the forefoot insure a "wave of comfort" from heel to toe. The Wave Comfort Foot System is ideal for low-to-moderate-activity level amputees. Sizes 22-30cm. Weight limit 275 lb. (125kg).
PEL Supply Company
Every client is different. For the exceptionally active client in need of transtibial suspension, Syncor's Durasleeve HD is constructed of the highest-quality, heavy-duty neoprene for exceptional durability. Limited dexterity creates its own challenges, and the Durasleeve EZ meets them with the security of a virtually fail-safe suction system, yet it is easy to don and doff.
All Durasleeve designs are constructed with uncompromising air-tight integrity. Outside, seams are reinforced with color-matched blind stitching. Inside, our exclusive, patented reinforcement panel minimizes wear. Custom orders are always welcome through your Syncor supplier.
Orthomerica, a leading worldwide provider of prefabricated and custom orthoses, is pleased to announce the new Spectrum AFO System. These superiorly designed custom AFOs offer optimal fit without comprising comfort. Orthomerica's dedicated custom fabrication team of certified orthotists, skilled technicians, and customer-service representatives are focused on delivering prompt and exceptional service at highly competitive prices.
Spectrum products include:
- Mid-Calf AFOs: Split Upright; Free Motion; and Dorsi-Assist.
- Leather and synthetic ankle gauntlets.
Visit Orthomerica's website to see its comprehensive array of prefabricated, semi-custom, and custom orthotic products.
- Three mounting options.
- Water-resistant case.
- High-interference rejection.
- Gain adjustments on preamp.
- Compatible for use with:
- Utah Arm 3 and 3+ (kit: p/n 4050214).
- Utah Hybrid Arm (kit: p/n 4050214).
- ProControl Systems (kit: p/n 4050216).
- Ottobock electrode cables.
SYMBIONIC LEG is the first commercially available, complete bionic leg that combines a microprocessor knee and a powered, microprocessor ankle. It provides unmatched toe clearance for enhanced safety and enables transfemoral amputees to stably and confidently traverse terrain they might otherwise avoid, without the gait deviations commonly seen in MPK users. SYMBIONIC LEG is insurance billable using existing, approved L-Codes and, when used with RHEOLOGIC Workbench software, offers the ability to document actual user cadence variation to reduce insurance reimbursement risk. SYMBIONIC LEG is the newest addition to the industry-leading Bionic Technology by Össur platform.
The Syncor Original TES Belt was designed for clients with transfemoral amputations. The Silesian design evens out stress and eliminates the pull-down feeling associated with girdle-style belts. A wide, 360 degree, textured grip cuff grips a maximum surface with no air leaks, and a proportional adductor panel increases suspension capabilities.
Features and benefits include:
- User-friendly design includes a hand loop for easy donning/doffing.
- Replaceable Velcro® closure extends the wear of the belt.
- Low-profile design, with an anti-roll, anti-bunch panel.
- Reinforced, color-matched seams; washable.
- Sizes range from infant to XXL. Custom orders are welcome.
The hybrid gel, progressive profile, and Select fabric in WillowWood's Alpha® Hybrid Liners have proven popular with both clinicians and amputees. As a result, WillowWood is expanding its liner product line. Clinicians may now order:
- Locking or cushion Alpha Classic Liners with Classic gel, Select fabric, 6mm uniform or progressive profiles;
- Locking or cushion Alpha Classic AK Liners with Classic gel, Select fabric, symmetrical profile; and
- Cushion Alpha Hybrid AK Liners.
With these new liners, clinicians have a greater opportunity to retrofit liners.
The PreStride™ allows practitioners to make an informed decision regarding the suitability of Becker Stance Control Technology prior to manufacturing a definitive orthosis. The PreStride is a modular and fully adjustable stance-control assessment tool that uses a cable system to automatically unlock the knee joint at the end of stance phase. It may be fitted, in a controlled clinical setting, to most adults who are between 5'2" to 6'2" in height.
The BTK is unlike any knee that addresses amputee sports and rehabilitation activities.
Features and benefits include:
- Mimics natural muscle function.
- Adjustable tendon durometers.
- Adjustable extension stops.
- Adjustable dampening and rebound.
- 350 lb. weight limit; K4+ activity level.
- Use in any environment.
- Light and strong.
- Military approved.
See the BTK at the Academy meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, at booth #90.
Fabtech Systems LLC
- New MC Wrist Rotator (p/n 3010748).
- Two new versions—both mount in forearm.
- Standard: Use with ProControl2, U3, or Utah Hybrid.
- ProWrist: Use with microprocessor-controlled TDs.
- Two-times the speed and torque of previous versions.
- New lamination collar, available in three sizes.
- In-hand version also available—built into MC Hand or ETD.
Bringing College Park's innovative, composite technology into the K2 market, the Celsus combines proven durability with controlled stability. Its balanced design and natural motion provide smooth, stable transitions. The perfect, lightweight design promotes confidence and security for lower-impact patients.
Key features include:
- Smooth, proportional response with integrated spring technology (iST).
- Low-profile design.
- High weight limit of up to 136kg (300 lb.).
- Maintenance-free design.
- Sandal-toe feature.
- Same day, custom built to order.
College Park Industries
A lightweight, extremely strong and robust material. One of the most widely used, all-purpose, composite-reinforcement materials. White, elastic, 70% glass, and 30% nylon. Great fiber reinforcement at a low cost.
White, very elastic—great finishing stockinette. Provides an extra-smooth appearance for final laminations.
Unique hybrid of strength and optimal elasticity. Useful for the majority of laminations used in the O&P industry. The weave provides a smooth surface on your finished laminations.
Extend your title or begin your P&O career with a NUPOC certificate. No need to wait for the 2013 master's in P&O or to repeat your training in the MPO! Enroll now to earn your post-graduate certificate in orthotics or prosthetics. Complete six months of online coursework and three months of on-campus clinical training in the fall or winter 2012 P&O certificate program. Contact versity Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center
Lower and Upper Limb Orthotics and Prosthetics-725 is a four-day course (April 10-13, 2012; 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.). Tuition for this class is $850 and includes a detailed manual. Learn to manage spinal, upper- and lower-limb disabilities of adults and juveniles during rehabilitation. Lectures, demonstrations, and discussions of case studies focus on amputation surgery, post-operative O&P modalities, analysis of normal and pathological gait, and pedorthic management of foot disorders. Enroll now at www.nupoc.northwestern.edu/education/continuing_ed_registerNorthwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern University Prosthetics/Orthotics Center
Developed by a team of experienced prosthetists, Limbguard™ is an alternative, post-operative, rigid dressing for transtibial amputations. The idea was to create a device that would allow practitioners to administer immediate and effective treatment of post-operative amputees. Volume fluctuation is accommodated via the floating pretibial section and our proprietary distal Gills™, which help provide the perfect fit. Limbguard is available from Friddle's Orthopedic Appliances. For additional information, visit the Friddle's Academy booth #356, 357, 362, and 363.
The TM 2000 Series has the following features:
- Symmetrical, straight last.
- Added depth: 3/16-in. (5mm) deeper than our conventional straight last shoes to accommodate orthotics, AFOs, and internal modifications.
- Extended contours firm enough to provide support and stability.
- Whole and half sizes from Infants' 5 to Youths' 4.
- A choice of medium and wide widths.
- Removable, cushioned insoles.
All TM 2000 Series shoes are on sale. Order online today!
M.J. Markell Shoe Company Inc.