What's New in Shoe and Orthotics Technology - November 2013

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What's New in Shoe and Orthotics Material Technology

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When it comes to at-risk feet, a good shoe can make a big difference. For some, the right shoe can help bridge the gap from a wheelchair to walking. For others, the proper shoe might help with circulation enough to keep them from losing a foot or toe to amputation.

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Restoring Balance: Special Considerations when Treating the Geriatric Foot

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In robe and slippers, Jean, 80, was preparing her breakfast when a sudden slip sent her falling to the floor. She knew she was injured but was not in much pain. Unable to get up, with both her cell and landline phones out of reach, she spent hours lying helplessly on the floor until her daughter stopped by after work to check on her.

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Partial-Foot Amputation and Its Unexpected Evidence

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Research takes a long time. The process requires a research team to design an experiment, secure funding, recruit study subjects, analyze the data, and push its findings through the time-consuming process of peer review before the published study finally becomes available. Often, the arrival of this final product occurs well after those in clinical practice have already reached similar conclusions based on collective, anecdotal observations.

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Target Practice: Marketing Your Pedorthic Business

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Are you taking a scattershot approach to your pedorthic marketing program, or are you targeting your market with a single shot? Marketing a pedorthic business does not need to be an all-or-nothing proposition. With an intelligently focused marketing effort, you can more effectively hit your targets and grow your business. Perhaps among the greatest pressures on pedorthic practices today are gaining and maintaining market share in the crowded retail and healthcare landscapes.

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The Impact of the ACA on Pedorthic Practices

Better Business

With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) moving toward implementation in January, pedorthic experts have been trying to gauge the impact the new law will have on their profession. In truth, they still aren't quite sure what it will mean, and that is an uncomfortable spot to be in. But no matter what happens, they say it's clear that pedorthic practices will need to change the way they do business.

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Scott Martin: Soccer Coach Battles Back from Flesh-Eating Disease

Today’s Consumer

Photographs courtesy of Scott Martin. The last memories Scott Martin has of himself from July 1993 were as a healthy, strong, 35-year-old collegiate soccer coach, who was in the best shape of his life. Several days before, he had been playing a casual game of soccer at a Nike Soccer Camp outside Chicago, Illinois.

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Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed

Industry Leader

In Irish poet Séamus Heaney's 1995 Nobel Prize acceptance speech, he reflected that his career "became a journey where each point of arrival. turned out to be a stepping stone rather than a destination. " He and Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed, seem to share that view.

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Pes Cavus: Treating the High Arched Foot

Stepping Out

"Think of the magic of that foot, comparatively small, upon which your whole weight rests. It's a miracle, and the dance is a celebration of that miracle. " -Martha Graham Although much of our time is spent addressing the symptoms and pathologies of pes planus, there is a significant incidence of pes cavus within the general population, with estimates ranging from 8 to 15 percent.

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Expanding the Pedorthic Scope of Practice

Perspective

What is a pedorthist? This question not only intrigues other allied healthcare professionals, but even the professionals and certified pedorthists who compose the Pedorthic Footcare Association (PFA) board of directors. Perhaps the answer can be found among PFA's board. The current board reflects a diversity found within the industry: At least one board member is a retail pedorthist who has never billed insurance, there are a number who combine various practitioner business models, and there are some who are clinical pedorthists with no retail affiliation.

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Fabricating a Carbon Ankle Seven

Shop Talk

Fabricating an Ottobock Carbon Ankle Seven (17CF1) presents a challenge: getting a standardized, dynamic component to fit within a custom orthosis. However, incorporating the Carbon Ankle Seven into an orthosis doesn't require any new skills. You just have to apply the right techniques at the right times.

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Dennis W. Dillard, CPed, CTO

Face to Face

High school band teacher turned computer programmer turned O&P professional, Dennis W. Dillard, CPed, CTO, says he finds volunteering to be one of the most satisfying aspects of his career. His volunteerism began in 2006 with the Board for Certification in Pedorthics (BCP), before it merged with what is now the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABC).

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Billing and Collections Q&A

Got FAQs?

Billing for O&P devices and care is complicated. Count on "Got FAQs?" to help ensure you are using the most current and accurate information when preparing your claims. This month's column addresses your questions about using DX code 727.

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AOPA 2013 World Congress

Industry Review - Conferences

To the theme of "A Whole New World," more than 2,000 members of the O&P community from 43 countries convened September 18-21 for the 2013 American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) World Congress in Orlando, Florida, for four days of education, new product exhibitions, and networking events. Thursday morning's opening ceremony was standing room only as patients shared their stories of the impact that O&P professionals have had on their lives, followed by opening remarks from AOPA President Thomas Kirk, PhD. Näder accepts the honorary International Lifetime Achievement Award at the AOPA World Congress in Orlando.

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Keeping Us on Our Feet

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Having spent many hours in dance studios while completing a college dance minor, I have a deep understanding of the necessity of proper foot care. I put my feet through the rigors of dance training, often while wearing ballet slippers, pointe shoes, or jazz shoes, all of which fit close to the foot and have thin soles to allow the dancer to feel the floor, which also means that they lack support and cushioning. Now, years later, as I feel the aftereffects of putting those demands on my feet, I find myself paying close attention to the work of pedorthists as they share their expertise regarding proper footwear, biomechanics, and shoe and orthotics technology.

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Endolite Echelon Stands Out in Independent Study

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The Endolite echelon hydraulic ankle system was a stand out in an independent study that compared it to energy-storing fixed ankle/feet.

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