Sub-Atmospheric Socket Technology Gains Momentum - July 2012

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Sub-Atmospheric Socket Technology Gains Momentum
By Miki Fairley


Since its introduction in the late 1990s, there has been a significant increase in the clinical application of sub-atmospheric (elevated vacuum) prosthetic suspension. Photograph of Triton Harmony® Vacuum foot user courtesy of Ottobock. "When I be...

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In Pursuit of Residual-Limb Skin Health
By Judith Philipps Otto


Even with the best prosthetic care and rehabilitation efforts, a positive prosthetic outcome often hinges on the identification and resolution of a skin problem that in other circumstances might be considered insignificant. When such a problem occ...

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Managing Care: A Team Approach Helps Burn Patients with Amputations to Heal
By Betta Ferrendelli


According to the American Burn Association (ABA), approximately 450,000 people in the United States sought medical treatment for burn injuries in 2011. Of the three classifications of burns-thermal, chemical, and radiation-thermal burns (such as a...

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Features

House VA Subcommittees Examine OIG Reports on O&P Care Provided to Veterans
By Peter W. Thomas, JD, and Samantha Marshall, Law Clerk


Veterans' access to appropriate P&O care became the focus of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs when two of its subcommittees held hearings on three separate reports issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector...

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Extraordinary O&P

Elizabeth Stone: "Quiet Determination" Results in Paralympic Success
By Kate Hawthorne


At the age of 21, swimmer Elizabeth Stone is looking forward to competing in her third Paralympic Games in London this summer. Since winning a silver medal in the 100m backstroke in the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, China, she has taken gold, silve...

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Stepping Out

Treating Metatarsalgia
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


Metatarsalgia is a global term to describe forefoot pain. It covers pain occurring at the metatarsal heads, the metatarsophalangeal joints (MPJs), or in the soft tissue in that region and can lead to a variety of diagnoses. In the paper "Metatarsa...

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Shop Talk

Fabricating Orthoses with a Low-Temperature Inner Layer
By Tony Wickman, CTPO


Sometimes, advances in material sciences can provide big benefits to our patients—and be a big pain for our technicians. Over the last few years, we have seen an increase in the development and use of lower-temperature thermoplastics (e.g., DuraFl...

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Sports

eX7 Motocross: Tough Competition


An early morning rain made for great track conditions at the seventh annual Extremity Games (eX7) motocross event, held May 26 at the Baja Acres track in Millington, Michigan. There was sufficient moisture to keep the dust down and the dirt sticky...

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Perspective

Building a Better Patient
By Edgy


What's that you say? We don't build patients; we build orthotics and prosthetics? Not according to some advice Doc Davis gave me a few years back.

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Denials are difficult to identify and time-consuming to appeal. When denials have you at your wit's end, "Got FAQs?" can help you get your billing back on track. This month's column addresses your questions about medical necessity for codes L-1840...

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Industry Review - Business & People

In Memoriam: William “Bill” Peterson


William "Bill" Peterson, CPed, Tucson, Arizona, passed away May 8, 2012, after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was 68. Peterson had more than 35 years of pedorthic experience, including orthotic design and manufacturing, and patient care.

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Industry Review - Conference

ORTHOPADIE + REHA-TECHNIK 2012: A “One-Stop Shop”


Exclusive live coverage from The O&P EDGE. From symposiums on robotic exoskeletons, the latest upper-limb prosthetic devices, and best practices in prosthetic care for amputee patients; to song and dance routines, a BMX performance, and German cui...

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Viewpoint

Where's Your EDGE ?
By Karen Henry


David Gelfand holds up his issue of The O&P EDGE during the October 2011 Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) San Diego Triathlon Challenge expo. A good book has several telltale signs of repeated use: the cover is worn, the pages are dog-eared, a...

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Cooperation Creates Win-Win for Tech Developers, O&P Profession
By Miki Fairley


Executives and technology developers at Orthocare Innovations, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and WillowWood, Mt. Sterling, Ohio, had been enjoying collegial discussions on ways to improve prosthetic socket technology and patient comfort. However, as th...

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The Importance of Therapy for your Patients


EDGE Direct Whether it's gait training for lower limb or ADLs for upper limb, you know that therapy for your patients is critical to their success. Only Ottobock offers the therapy resources you and your team need to get your patients back to eve...

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