Orthotic Technology Enters a New Age
By Miki Fairley
For persons with paraplegia, stroke, and other neuromuscular conditions, advances in robotics and neuroscience have created new possibilities for regaining function. These advances could open up new possibilities for clinical orthotic practice as...
Powered AFOs: New Roles for Evolving Technology
By Judith Philipps Otto
Portable Power-Assist AFO. Photograph courtesy of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Considering new roles for technology that isn't ready for prime time in its original form may seem inappropriate.
Delving into the Details: AFO Characteristics in the Management of Post-Stroke Hemiplegia
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP
In considering the wealth of investigation that has been done to evaluate the efficacy of AFOs, no population has received more scrutiny than the post-stroke hemiplegia patient population. Unfortunately, the presentations of the study subjects and...
Society Spotlight Managing Orthotic Treatment in the NICU
By Elisa de Jong, CPO, LO
By Elisa de Jong, CPO, LO Pediatric O&P is a subspecialty of our profession that can be fulfilling, albeit demanding and challenging—especially as it pertains to the orthotic management of infants. While it may appear that an infant, particularly...
Orion: Choosing Wisely
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
By Betta Ferrendelli
Ben Blecha, CPO, didn't realize how much growing up on a farm in rural Nebraska would shape his future—personally and professionally. An illness, a culture of community involvement, the distance to services, and raising animals all played a role....
Third Annual Warrior Games Test Soldiers' Skill, Training, Endurance
First lady Michelle Obama speaks during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Photograph courtesy of U.S. Air Force, Val Gempis.
Why I Became a Pedorthist
By P. Charming aka Michael Adams, CP, LP, CFo
A tongue in cheek (or tongue in shoe) look at how fairy tale history might have to be rewritten if Prince Charming had become a pedorthist. Ballroom dancing is my father's idea of a good time. Every Saturday night for the past two years he's hoste...
Part 1: Recipe for a Master's Program from Scratch
By Joshua B. Utay, MEd, CPO
Each of us has a unique answer as to why we entered such a distinct profession as O&P. This is mine: I listened to my mother. From grade school and into high school, I was interested in pursuing a career in visual arts.
Looking Back, Looking Ahead
The O&P EDGE: Ten Years of Excellence, 3,000 Years in the Making
For more than 3,000 years, O&P devices have been enabling individuals to live fuller lives, and for the past ten years, The O&P EDGE has provided valuable, in-depth industry information for prosthetists, orthotists, pedorthists, and related allied...
Face to Face
Jeremy Murray, CO, OTL
Jeremy Murray has designed protective facemasks for several professional athletes, including Carlos Aaroyo. Photograph courtesy of MHSRC. Jeremy Murray is the director of orthotics at Michigan Hand and Sports Rehabilitation Centers (MHSRC), headqu...
Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon
Denials are difficult to identify and time-consuming to appeal. Count on "Got FAQs?" to help you sort through the complexities associated with O&P billing. This month's column addresses your questions about using NOC codes, Medicare billing for co...
By Karen Henry
Claire Lomas of Leicestershire, United Kingdom, completed the 2012 London Marathon on May 8. She completed the race 16 days after she started. She averaged two miles per day, according to various news sources.
Endolite Expands Sales Team and Launches YouTube Channel
EDGE Direct Endolite is pleased to announce the addition of two territory managers to its sales team. Matt Carroll's territory will cover Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington DC. Lewis Gambrell's territory will cover Pennsy...
WREX: Giving Kids a Lift through Life's Motions
Raising a spoon to eat, using a toothbrush, lifting a hairbrush, raising a hand in class: activities that most of us take for granted can present a difficult challenge for children and adults with arm muscle weakness. The Wilmington Robotic Exoske...
The Soleus® offers a dynamic heel that allows for smooth, seamless transition between heel strike and toe-off. Involving the entire foot in absorbing and returning energy, the Soleus' four-spring system accommodates a moderate to the most active lifestyle. The multicomposite design and wide platform heel affords stability, durability, and comfort on varied terrain.
- Synchronized control throughout stance phase.
- Superior terrain compliance.
- Precision gait matched for out-of-the-box performance.
- Available in gold or silver.
- Weight limit up to 275 lb. (125kg); three-year warranty.
- Same-day, custom built to order.
College Park Industries
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 extension 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.
You asked for more—and we've delivered! Now your patients with spinal bracing needs can benefit from the renowned Ottobock quality and value. The complete lineup of products includes cervical, lumbar, thoracic, and sacral orthotics (the Ottobock Fulcrum LSO is pictured here). These latex-free, off-the-shelf spinal products provide superior support and stabilization for all your patients' conditions, from relief of acute back pain to pre- and post-operative stabilization.
The echelonVT merges the fluid movement of our hydraulic ankle with the responsive function of our e-carbon foot springs and machined titanium spring. This results in a smooth heel-to-toe transition on all surfaces, absorbs ground forces, and provides energetic tibial progression and up to 15° of axial rotation.
- Independent, hydraulic-controlled plantarflexion and dorsiflexion.
- Self-aligning feature provides comfort while standing or traversing varied terrain.
- Hydraulic ankle dorsiflexes, which allows for greater toe clearance in swing phase.
- A dynamic, precision-engineered spring enhances the ankle's fluid movement.
- Foot shell and glide sock included.
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.
Patients will love the innovative features of the new ClickValve. The easy-to-grasp, threadless design offers simple opening and closing, with an audible "click" signaling that the connection is secure. Patients will also enjoy reduced skin irritation because the ClickValve system is entirely flush on the inside of the socket. Finally, a safety leash keeps it connected to the socket, making it almost impossible to lose. Grab on to this valve—it's just what your patients have been asking for.
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 WillowWood Alpha® Silicone Liner uses a proprietary, platinum-cured, medical-grade silicone that is designed for comfort and performance. The unique blend of silicone, Vitamin E, and skin conditioners results in a non-greasy, non-tacky surface that is comfortable against the patient's skin. Alpha Select fabric controls pistoning and allows for circumferential stretch without using a distal matrix. The flexible knee panel offers increased knee flexion as well as a broad range of motion.
Available in taupe and gray; 9mm distal, 6mm tibial crest, 2.55
mm proximally (progressive) thickness; four sizes; and locking or cushion styles.
PEL Supply Company
The prosthetics industry has seen tremendous growth and development in engineering techniques and functioning of prosthetic and orthotic devices over the past two decades. Grace Prosthetic Fabrication has stayed on top of all technological developments, employing the latest CAD-CAM software and fabrication techniques to deliver orthotic and prosthetic devices that meet your patient's needs and expectations.
For your convenience, we have printable order forms available on our website that can be faxed to 727.842.2264.
Grace Prosthetic Fabrication
OPTEC is proud to present our new VENUM® spinal system, which is ideal for patients requiring firm spinal support. With its unique and mechanically advanced closure system, the VENUM® makes it a snap to don and doff with minimal effort. Its slick, weightless construction is breathable, hypoallergenic, and nearly undetectable under clothing, without compromising maximum comfort. Due to the ergonomic design of the brace, patient therapy participation is promoted by adjusting the level of support.
The PENTAGON® Five-Function Knee Orthosis from Anatomical Concepts is delivered ready to fit.
Features and benefits include:
- Single, posterior ROM joint.
- Calf and thigh segments to dynamically shorten and lengthen with the patient's extremity, eliminating tissue shearing while maintaining joint alignment.
- Addresses up to five different knee orthosis functions: free motion, variable ROM, fixed motion lock, drop lock, and ratchet lock.
- Patient-friendly alternative to traditional, bulky, double-upright hinged-knee configuration; no concerns of bony prominence or contralateral pressure.
Anatomical Concepts Inc.
Two-Day Turnaround 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.
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.
Accommodate, NEVER correct! People with Charcot foot, edema, hammer toes, bunions, and RA foot pain cannot tolerate much correction or pressure caused by footwear. Proper fitting of footwear is essential and we have the shoes for any of the aforementioned situations. Whether for depths, widths, sizes, or even for shapes, select from our variety of styles to fit that special foot of your patient. Call our friendly customer service department for more information or free samples.
Apis Footwear Co.
WillowWood and its distributors are strong partners in serving the O&P industry. We understand the changing business needs of patient care facilities. With that understanding, we've adjusted our liner warranty and replacement policy.
Patients will now have a 30-day trial period for all Alpha® Liners...including Alpha DESIGN® Liners! Plus, liners no longer need to be registered online, saving you and your staff valuable time.
Liner warranty and replacement issues will now be handled by the distributor from which the liners were purchased. Alpha DESIGN Liners must still be returned to WillowWood directly.
The PreStride™ allows practitioners to make an informed decision regarding the suitability of Becker Stance Control Technology prior to manufacturing a definitive orthosis. Intended as an assessment tool for the FullStride™ and SafetyStride™ Stance Control Systems, the PreStride now also comes equipped with the GX-Assist. The GX-Assist accommodates individuals with significant weakness of hip musculature by use of a pneumatic spring to assist in knee extension during the swing phase of gait.
Say goodbye to old-fashioned sockets and welcome the next generation in prosthetic-limb connectivity—the patent-pending HiFi™ Interface. Unlike traditional sockets that simply fit the periphery of the residual limb, the HiFi Interface captures and controls the residual bone. The patent-pending HiFi Imager, with its skeletal-capture technology, is a device used for transfemoral patients during the casting/ scanning phase.
Upper- and lower-limb patients report a significant increase in control, function, performance, and comfort with the HiFi Interface. "It feels more like a part of me."
Be a part of the HiFi revolution — www.joinhifi.com
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.
Fabtech Systems LLC
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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.
At a 6-30% savings compared to other commercially available locks, the new 3140 Shuttle Lock is versatile, nearly universal, and a preferred alternative to locking systems. It ships with two pins in one of four lengths (1", 1.5", 2", or 2.5") or with no pin at all.
The 3140 features a trimmable push pin that can be cut to length as needed and has a deep pin well for easy insertion. Applicable for patients weighing up to 220 lb., it has a one-year limited warranty.
A Dummy Kit (3140-1) is available for ease of fabrication.
Now one to five missing fingers can be replaced with the individually powered i-limb™ digits available at SPS. Independent articulation and joint mobility work in concert with the remaining fingers to help increase functional capabilities. Ideal candidates have amputation levels through or just proximal to the metacarpophalangeal level of one or more digits.
- Multi-articulating digits and user-positionable thumb.
- i-limb skin, battery, charger, and electrodes.
- Two electrodes and four FSRs (force-sensing resistors).
- Software; programmable pulsing; three-year warranty.
Contact SPS technical service to request a product demonstration, or Jim Williams for fabrication and ordering information.
Comfort Endurance™ Suspension Sleeves are made of a tougher, more durable neoprene with a rugged, outer nylon cover to withstand the rigor of everyday use without seam failure. We offer two styles in both black and beige. Endurance Criterion features a smooth skin lining for superior support and comfort and reduces popliteal bunching. Endurance Sport adds the benefit of a nylon-lined center section to reduce abrasion. The Comfort Zip Sleeve is great for geriatric patients or for patients with limited hand strength. Gone are the days of struggling, tugging, and rolling to get the sleeve in place.
CoreLINE's newest addition is a trimmable Rigid Lumbar Orthosis designed to protect injured ligaments and muscles while providing pain relief and post-surgical immobilization.
The sculpted belt may be customized by trimming the posterior aspect near the back-panel attachment. Support panels hug the contours of the back for comfort, stabilization, and increased compliance. Breathable fabric and ventilated support panels keep the wearer cool for extended periods. Even pressure is applied to paraspinal musculature while providing relief over spinous processes.
Contact your SPS sales manager or SPS customer service for sizing and cost information.
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 Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center