Pedorthic Advice for Keeping High-Performance Feet in Top Shape
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez
Pedorthists have their jobs cutout for them when it comes to treatingathletes, dancers, and soldiers-professionalswho rely on their feet for their livelihoods,and sometimes their lives. While their jobs differ drastically, theseindividuals nonethe...
Choosing the Right Prosthetic Foot for Cycling, Running, and Alpine Skiing
By Miki Fairley
Refreshment, relaxation, stimulation,excitement, the thrill of competition-sports and recreation offer all thisand more. For persons with amputations,the right prosthetic componentryis an integral part of their athletic and recreationalexperiences...
Collision Course: Understanding the Role of Prosthetic Feet in Sparing the Sound Side Limb
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP
Among individuals with unilateral lower-limb amputations, the sound side limb is called upon to bear a disproportionate amount of each day's ambulatory activities. However, the load can be reduced by certain prosthetic foot designs. This article e...
BOC Certification: Moving Forward with an Advancing Profession
By Miki Fairley
The O&P profession has been steadilyraising the bar as it advances in clinicalexpertise, education, research, advancedtechnology, and the application ofevidence-based practice for improved patient careand outcomes. As the profession advances, theB...
Betsy Duncan: If the Shoe Fits
By Betta Ferrendelli
A Shoe Designed to Accommodate Charcot Foot Keeps Betsy Duncan on Her Feet Duncan in her garden wearing her outdoor shoes. Photograph courtesy of Betsy Duncan. When Betsy Duncan's daughter, Sarah, was in the fourth grade, she asked if her mother...
O&P Practice Adds Social Worker: Clinician Helps Patients and Practice Navigate Challenging Processes
By Betta Ferrendelli
In 2002, Anthony "Tony" Walker had an intense pain in his right leg.He thought he might have injured it while working his constructionjob. When the pain persisted for a few days, he took his wife'sadvice and visited a physician. "That's a tumor,"...
By Dennis Janisse, CPed
Close your eyes for a minute and imagine a U.S. healthcare system where thereis no coverage for pedorthics. What did your vision look like?
Keeping Orthotic Manufacturing in the Hive
By Howard Hillman, CPed
An old beekeeper once said, "A real beekeeper loves to go intothe hive to see the bees at work." I'm always fascinated by the synergy of the hive-the beesnever seem to rest, and the end result is a product that is perfect,unique, and lasting. The...
Program Profile Series: Foot Solutions Academy of Pedorthic Science; Francis Tuttle Technology Center; and The Robert M. Palmer, MD, Institute of Biomechanics
The O&P EDGE continues its series of National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE)-accreditedO&P educational programs. This month we feature three pedorthic education programs. Foot Solutions Academy of Pedorthic Science, Pedort...
Face to Face
Marcia Graddon, ATC, BOCPD
With diverse opportunities to treat and serve patients in physical therapy and orthopedic settings,including leading the Polyclinic during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia,serving as the head athletic trainer for a professional so...
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 answers your questions about orthosis repair, new L-Codes for OTS orthoses,and billing regulation...
Industry Review - Consumer
Dolphin Tale 2: Winter Now Has Hope
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel
The blue carpet was laid out at the Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater,Florida, on September 10 for that city's premiere showingof Dolphin Tale 2. Various cast and crew members were inattendance including Nathan Gamble (Sawyer Nelson), CoziZuehlsdorff (...
Industry Review - Conferences
MEC ’14 Boasts Record-Breaking Attendance
The 2014 Myoelectric Controls Symposium (MEC '14) was heldin Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, August 18-22. Thetriennial conference, regarded by many as the premier conferencein the world on upper-limb prosthetics, is hosted by theUniversity of...
On Loss, Limitations, and Overcoming Them
By Andrea Spridgen
I was recently led to reflect on thoughts of loss andlimitations by a few things I've heard, read, andexperienced-things seemingly unrelated but thatall have something to teach on the subject. The first was Adrianne Haslet-Davis' presentationat th...
Just in Time for the Annual Meeting: Pedorthic Footcare Association (PFA)
The PFA 55th Annual Symposium and Exhibition will be held October 24-26, in Orlando, Florida. Here are highlights of several sessions that will be presented there. A Review of the Pathological Process Leading to the Breakdown of the Charcot Foot (...
Endolite élan Foot Coding Verification
Following the recommendation of the PDAC, Endolite has been working with CMS to establish a new code that adequately describes the function of the élan microprocessor foot system. In a preliminary decision, CMS has verified that the élan meets the...
Kinterra™ combines hydraulics and carbon-fiber technology to provide K3 ambulators with 12° of motion and an exceptionally normal walking gait-regardless of surface angle or speed. The result is rock-solid stability and the confidence for users to choose a new path.
Kinterra's articulating ankle provides:
- Improved stability and safety, especially on slopes and varied terrain.
- Reduced socket pressure for healthier residual limbs.
- Enhanced comfort while sitting or squatting.
- Increased ground contact and a more symmetrical gait.
See the Kinterra in action on our website.
Amfit is a world leader in technology for digital casting, design, and fabrication of custom foot orthotic devices. The process allows a user to quickly cast and create a full custom product quickly, accurately, and at low-cost. Choose from two 3D scanners-the Contact Digitizer™
or Impress Scanner-and combine with an on-site Amfit CAD/CAM Mill or Amfit Lab Services offered by our skilled technicians. Correct & Confirm™ design software allows detailed prescriptions to be easily satisfied. Amfit combines cutting-edge technology and more than 25 years of experience serving foot care professionals worldwide.
Why make the transition to BOC? Award-winning customer service, industry expertise, and a user-friendly website are just a few of the benefits of choosing BOC. With BOC as your credentialing partner, you get accreditation for your O&P facility at a discounted rate and individual certification, all under one roof. Plus, it's easy (and free)! Make the transition to BOC for accreditation or certification for no up-front cost. Contact us today at . We're with you every step of the way!
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From the occasional jogger to the avid marathon runner, the bladeXT assists users in meeting their fitness routine requirements. This cross-trainer-style foot allows users to quickly transition from cardio to weight training without sacrificing safety, stability, or performance.
With an overmolded sole cover for improved traction and durability on all terrain, along with a heel wedge that can be added to stiffen heel action, this foot allows for the versatility that cross-training requires.
Find out why CPs and amputees are raving about this new, low-profile prosthetic foot. Our Flexeon™ fiberglass composite material is two times more flexible than carbon fiber and nearly indestructible. This translates into zero dead spots, zero repairs, reduced socket issues, and higher patient satisfaction-all of which are good for your business and your patient.
Our unique design ensures the most stable, natural K3 mobility and lifestyle experience for your patients. Try it and see for yourself.
Call today and receive a special introductory discount on your first two orders.
GRACE Plates are round, thermoplastic or laminated socket adaptors with a European-pattern design that fit most all prosthetic components. Our plates allow for ease of alignment after sockets are fabricated. Created with state-of-the-art aircraft aluminum, the GRACE Plate has been used in thousands of prostheses. For your convenience, GRACE Plates come with the appropriate hardware for one low price.
Grace Prosthetic Fabrication
Customize Tensitube® Blue shrinkers with your company logo and promote your facility to doctors and rehab professionals. An elastic postop shrinker, Tensitube® Blue applies controlled compression to help provide pain relief and reduce hypertrophic scarring and edema. A complete product line is available in sizes ranging from 2-6 in. widths, and in 18, 24, and 30 in. lengths. For a free sample with your company logo, visit www.tensitubeblue.com
The Stride4™ Shadow is a lightweight KAFO that combines structural strength and cosmetic appeal with the new Stride4 mechanical stance control orthotic knee joint from Becker Orthopedic.
Stride4 features include:
- Three operation modes: stance control, free motion, and locked with stance phase knee flexion.
- Four-bar linkage mechanism to afford stability and mimic anatomical knee motion.
- Integrated extension assist.
The inherent rigidity of the Stride4 Shadow ensures that optimal joint alignment and function is maintained throughout the gait cycle.
SPS is excited to announce the launch of the new SPS online
store, SPSCO.com, the world's largest O&P online store.
Featuring the most comprehensive O&P product portfolio,
live chat, custom shipping options, side-by-side product
comparisons, advanced search, and a fast and user-friendly
The Freedom Agilix™ is a multiaxial, shock-absorbing, flexible foot system designed to manage loading impacts, reduce socket shear forces, and improve comfort while walking on nearly any terrain. The ultra-lightweight design offers low-impact K3 ambulators shockingly comfortable performance at a value like no other. Learn more about the Agilix on our website.
The slim and robust 7E9 Monocentric Hydraulic Hip Joint is currently the only hip design approved for a body weight of up to 275 lb. The 7E9 is also the only hydraulic swing and stance hip approved for use with mechanical knees (3R60 and 3R106) as well as the C-Leg and Genium microprocessor legs. The flexibility of these component combinations ensures high functionality, safety, and improved mobility for those with hip disarticulation or hemipelvectomy amputations.
The new medi 4Seal TFS Liner combines a revolutionary sealing technology with a unique self-gliding surface, providing extraordinary suspension, comfort, and ease of use for those with transfemoral amputations.
Features and benefits include:
- Integrated seals for easy inversion and a highly secure fit.
- Easy Glide PLUS outer surface-no donning aids or sprays required.
- Excellent tissue control due to a highly effective, full-length matrix.
- Optimal radial stretch for greater comfort.
- Simple to use gel-grip spacer socks for easy application (available separately).
Hersco has a new line of Tri Lam
custom foot orthotics with several
material choices. Tri Lam technology
layers materials of different
durometers, giving the practitioner
the ability to vary thickness and shock
absorption. Hersco Tri Lams include
Plastazote and PPT for accommodative
devices, or more durable Sky for
active patients. You can also choose the base layer of firmer cork
or softer EVA.
More information and pictures are available on our website.
Certified pedorthists are ready to answer any questions you may
have regarding our custom products.
Hersco Ortho Labs
Dr. Comfort's Shape To Fit socks
and compression hosiery line
combines function, fashion, and
comfort for preventive, medically
correct support that's attractive
too. Features include an easy-on
graduated compression and Shape
To Fit's signature nonbinding
comfort band, which provides
superior, nonslip support.
Uniquely designed seamless socks and smooth-seam hosiery
with fresh-weave odor control make them an ideal choice for
people with diabetes and foot health considerations.
Combining quality with economical pricing, the protect.4 evo offers the comfort, stability, and support required for ligamentous injuries. Featuring a durable, yet lightweight, malleable frame, the product utilizes the four-point design principle for optimal stabilization, as well as effective reduction of medial rotation.
Features and benefits include:
- Polycentric hinges for anatomical tracking.
- Numbered straps to ensure simple and correct application.
- Strong, yet light, aluminum frame for easy customization of fit.
- Low profile.
- Flexion, extension, and immobilization settings follow all popular protocols.
The new College Park Genesee liner
provides the ideal benefits required
of a gel liner in an affordable package.
Shaped for fit and flexibility with
cushioning comfort and excellent limb-conforming
properties, this durable liner
accommodates a wide range of users. The
unique fabric provides a superior fiber-to-gel
bond, reduces pistoning, and eases donning.
- Infused with mineral oil for continuous skin hydration, preventing skin friction over the lifespan of the liner.
- Retrofits with industry standard liners of like thickness and profile.
- Longer length for the perfect fit.
- Suitable for K1 through K3 functional levels.
College Park Industries
Have your patients walk and play like a pro!
Contact us to order the new Fillauer AllPro foot.
A perfect balance of stability and dynamics.
Featuring a new actuator and kinematic sensor,
RHEO KNEE® 3 offers increased resistance
across a wider range of stance flexion. This
improved support helps increase the confidence
of all users, especially low K3 users. At the
same time, we didn't sacrifice the dynamics that
RHEO KNEE is known for and that high K3
users expect. In fact, we improved the dynamics
via a more powerful actuator and a faster swing
Contact your Össur® rep today to get certified
or to see a RHEO KNEE 3 demonstration.
The ELLIOTT™ Patient Management
System for early intervention or definitive
use is a unique approach that transforms
an articulated AFO and a KO into a
functional KAFO. The ELLIOTT Orthosis
is designed to be utilized in an acute
physical therapy department, enabling the
treating therapist to have a readily available
KAFO, independent KO segment, or
independent AFO segment for the patient's
gait training. The KO design can address
up to five different knee orthosis functions,
and all three of the AFOs feature adjustable
positioning for the foot and ankle to grade
dorsiflexion and plantarflexion joint angles.
Anatomical Concepts Inc.
The Freedom DynAdapt™ foot is a slim-profile, carbon-fiber foot system with a slender, anatomic design for easy fit and finish. Its multiaxial function provides maximum comfort and the uninterrupted strands of carbon fiber in the full-length heel provide patients with effortless rollover and a more natural gait. The new EnduraCore™ Technology composite laminate delivers up to three times the fatigue life of a standard laminate in a design that also returns more energy. The result is a highly durable product that preserves users' energy so they can do more with confidence.
The Compact Double Action Ankle Joint
(Model 725) is supplied fully assembled
and is designed specifically for use with
thermoplastics. The precontoured stainless steel
upright and stirrup reduces fabrication
time, while the low-profile and lightweight
design enhances the clinical application.
The Compact Double Action Ankle Joint,
intended for both small-adult and pediatric
patients, is designed to provide optimal
control in the sagittal plane and increase
Specializing in lower-extremity socketry.
All of our sockets are made with a special weave and weight of carbon fiber and fiberglass, which results in a lighter, stronger socket that patients can count on day after day.
Evolution Industries, Inc.
Allard USA is proud to
announce ToeOFF 2.0.
The same function you
have come to appreciate
in ToeOFF-just a
little face-lift to show
you we listened. D-ring
straps with alligator tabs
are easily applied for
right- or left-hand pull and reduce the chance of losing a strap.
MicroFIX is now pre-applied for faster application of SoftKIT or
ComfortKIT. New manufacturing technology offers a smoother
and more scratch-resistant surface. The XL has been increased
by ¾ in. to accommodate patients with longer tibias.
New Pneumatic Swing Phase Control Four-Axis Knee.
Matik, the latest release from PROTEOR, is designed to provide an affordable yet efficient and maintenance-free polycentric knee.
- Pneumatic knee with extension spring to provide full extension during stamping and slow walking.
- Secure four-axis geometry for high stability during stance phase.
- One inch of toe clearance during swing.
- Compact and lightweight: 26.21 oz.
- Rated up to 275 lb.; adapted for K2 users.
- Proximal connection, pyramidal or M36 threaded.
- Separated flexion-resistance and extension-dampering adjustments.
The Fillauer K2 Foot is engineered from the ground up for the
K2 patient. Engineered with a unique flexible keel, the K2 Foot
provides better control and
stability. With a compliant
forefoot that loads easily and
provides support through toeoff,
when the patient is ready
to go, so is the K2 Foot.
Features and benefits include:
- Flexible, impact-reducing design.
- Unique flexible keel/multiaxis design.
- Roll-over shape (ROS) designed for a natural gait.
- Positive-lock foot shell interface for stability.
Coyote Composite is made by melting basalt (volcanic rock),
which is then extruded into a filament and braided to our
proprietary specifications for use in prosthetics and orthotics.
Basalt has applications in fields that demand extremely tough,
lightweight material that retains flexibility, including the aerospace
and hockey equipment industries.
Features and benefits include:
- Noncarcinogenic and nontoxic.
- Less itch than carbon.
- Tough and durable.
- High saturation.
- Cost effective.
- Easy to use for rigid or flexible layups.
- Fully compatible with all prosthetic resins.
- Because of its superior saturation, Coyote Composite finishes as good as, or better than, carbon laminations.
Now Accepting Applications!
NUPOC's 21-month MPO program allows you to complete your first two quarters (6 months) and final quarter (3 months) online, plus four quarters (12 months) of supervised practicum on campus, where you practice P&O skills with individuals who live with neuromusculoskeletal impairments.
NUPOC graduates are eligible for NCOPE residencies and P&O certification examinations. The NUPOC MPO prepares students to become proficient, compassionate clinicians; assess, prescribe, and deliver comprehensive P&O services; apply research to clinical practice; and contribute meaningfully to the P&O profession. Apply today!
Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center
Feinberg School of Medicine
Designed for kids.
The Bledsoe Wee Walker is the original walker designed specifically for children. Now engineered with a pneumatic pad, the Wee Walker Air provides durability, comfort, and increased support so your pediatric patients can get back to being kids.
The same level of therapeutic pain relief and support you rely on with Aspen's sized Summit braces is now available in an adjustable brace. The patented Sure Slot™ sizing mechanism offers multiple sizes in one brace that comfortably fits waists 26-60 in., and up to 70 in. with the extension panel. One-size adjustability means the correct size is always on hand, minimizing inventory requirements and significantly reducing costs. Adjustable and sized Summit 456, Summit 637, and Summit 631 braces are available and offer experts significant modification options to support various patient conditions. Codes L-0456, L-0637, and L-0631 approved.
Aspen Medical Products