Keeping High Performance Feet in Top Shape - October 2014

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Today’s Consumer

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...

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Better Business

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,"...

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Perspective

What if…
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?

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Stepping Out

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...

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Education Outlook

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...

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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...

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Got FAQs?

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...

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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 (...

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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...

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Viewpoint

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...

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Online Exclusive

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 (...

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Online Exclusive

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...

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