Bringing Hope, Healing to Mideast War Survivors: O&P Plays Its Part
By Miki Fairley
Photograph courtesy of Frederik Buyckx/Handicap International. Warfare in the Middle Eastcontinues to take a staggering toll,unleashing an unprecedentedhumanitarian crisis. Thousands ofcivilians have been killed or injured;millions have fled to ne...
Prosthetics in Resource-Limited Countries
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP
In a 2009 publication, the World Health Organizationestimated that 650 million people worldwide have disabilities,the vast majority of whom live in low-income countries. 1 The2004 World Health Survey further defined the extent to whichthe burden o...
Service Learning With an O&P Study Abroad Program
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez
Sometimes the best lessons in the O&P profession can'tbe learned in the comfort of your own country. That's whatstudents in the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), School ofHealth and Rehabilitation Sciences, Master of Sciencein Prosthetics and Ortho...
Kollin Galland: Exoskeleton Helps Utah Teen With Paralysis Take His First Steps
By Betta Ferrendelli
Kollin Galland. Photographs courtesy of Jodie Galland. Kollin Galland was 14 years old andhad just finished his first week ofhigh school when he broke his neckdoing a double backflip on a trampoline.The accident left him paralyzed fromthe chest down.
By Al Ingersoll, CP
Evidence-based practice, impact evaluation, outcome measurementand monitoring, evaluation, and learning are hot phrases and topicstrending worldwide. In fact, 2015 has been designated by the UnitedNations as the International Year of Evaluation. T...
Making a Custom Gel Insert
By Travis Petersen, CPOA
You may have seen commercials advertising gel or "custom"insoles on television. Those inserts are a good solution for manypeople, but they are not for everyone. Despite how they aremarketed, those off-the-shelf (OTS) inserts are not actually custo...
NAAOP Working With the O&P Alliance for the O&P Profession
By David McGill, JD, NAAOP board president
This article continues our series of articles about theOrthotic and Prosthetic Alliance (O&P Alliance) tohighlight united advocacy efforts in the profession.This issue features reflections about the role of the NationalAssociation for the Advancem...
Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon
When you need help with your toughest billingquestions, count on Got FAQs? to provideyou with the information you need to helpkeep your billing on track. This month's column tacklesyour questions about AFO medical necessity requirements,diagnosis...
Industry Review - Conferences
PrimeFare Central: Oklahoma City More Than OK
Symposium attendees had the chance to speak with exhibitors and see products up close. Photograph courtesy of PrimeCare. PrimeCare Orthotics and ProstheticsNetwork, Germantown, Tennessee,celebrated its fifth year of providingeducation for the cent...
The International Vista
By Andrea Spridgen
Later this month, about 3,000 professionals in O&P,rehabilitation medicine and surgery, and relateddisciplines from around the world are expected toconvene in Lyon, France, for the 2015 InternationalSociety for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) Wor...
New Transfemoral Vacuum Solution Helps Amputee find "Sweet Spot"
EDGE Direct He couldnâ€™t crawl around under a car without having to re-align his prosthesis afterward. Trying to ride a bicycle meant worrying about whether the prosthesis would pull away from him. Leaving the house for any sort of activity mean...
The Effects of Orthotics and AFOs Addressed in Recent Studies
Three recently published studies address the clinical effects and provision of orthoses. One study evaluated several foot orthotics as treatment for pressure from hallux valgus deformity, another assessed the ability of foot orthotics to restore function of the metatarsal phalangeal joint (MPJ) in patients with hallux limitus, and the third attempted to determine if the shank-to-vertical-angle (SVA) can be used as a parameter to evaluate the alignment of an AFO-footwear combination (AFO-FC).
The Seattle Victory is what amputees have been asking for in a prosthetic foot. A slim, lightweight product with a sandal-toe foot shell that seamlessly transitions from comfortable walking to high-activity sports. Trulife's patented design creates best-in-class plantarflexion, while the new keel shape provides smooth rollover and lively dorsiflexion. The durable, 100% composite construction displays exceptional multiaxial response and transverse rotation without the use of bumpers. Optional toe wedges are included to fine-tune dorsiflexion resistance. The new Victory foot from Trulife gives amputees what they want.
This unique AFO has been designed for people with Chopart amputations who wish to remain active. A traditional, full-length AFO will often be stiff and feel unnatural to such a patient. Using a hinged ankle and flexible foot plate with a segmented dynamic filler allows flexion before providing a "stop" that protects the residuum and prevents shoe vamp collapse. The PTB design and the anterior shell redistribute ground reaction forces up the lower limb. For more information, visit our website or call the lab toll-free.
Hersco Ortho Labs
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.
Since its inception, Anatomical Concepts Inc. has served as a designer and manufacturer of industry-leading medical devices. We have the clinical and technical experience to customize orthoses to fit your patient's specific needs to deliver more effective results and improve compliance.
The custom-made V-VAS™ Unloader KO and V-VAS™ adult and pediatric KAFO systems are the most common devices we manufacture. We're also able to custom fabricate, modify, or refurbish our other orthoses for upper and lower limbs, utilizing many of our prefabricated ankle/foot, knee, and elbow brace designs to affordably produce any number of functional hybrid combinations.
Anatomical Concepts Inc.
Every client is different. For the exceptionally active client in need of transtibial suspension, Syncor's Durasleeve HD is constructed of the highest-quality, heavy-duty neoprene for exceptional durability. Limited dexterity creates its own challenges, and the Durasleeve EZ meets them with the security of a virtually fail-safe suction system, yet it is easy to don and doff.
All Durasleeve designs are constructed with uncompromising air-tight integrity. Outside, seams are reinforced with color-matched blind stitching. Inside, our exclusive, patented reinforcement panel minimizes wear. Custom orders are always welcome through your Syncor supplier.
Now use the simple, reliable
VMP-007 with the E2.
The Adaptor Kit for the Harmony E2 adapts the VMP-007 for use with the Harmony E2 for perfect compatibility.
Evolution Industries Inc.
The medi Tele-ROM™ is a postoperative range-of-motion knee brace that provides the ultimate in adjustability, comfort, and ease of use.
Features and benefits include:
- Telescoping struts with easy, push-button adjustment
- Length adjustability for a customized fit
- Simple rotate and release flexion and extension limitation
- Drop-lock button quickly locks at 0°, 15°, 30°, and 45°
- Quick-release buckles for easy application
- Choice of cool and full foam versions in standard length
Did you know that any order submitted on the new SPS Online Store (spsco.com) will automatically receive an additional 3% discount? The discount will be reflected in the shopping cart total at check out. Discount valid on spsco.com only.
The Mountain Master combines a high-strength, flexible polyurethane body with a handlebar-supported, snap-on/snap-off, stainless steel, pedestal ball mount. The Master provides secure, accurate control of the handlebars, yet allows the rider to disconnect with a controlled pull-up off the ball mount. The flexible frame absorbs shock, and the pivoting design provides control of the handlebars through a wide range of angles. Versatile enough to pull wheelies and avoid obstacles, it also has a built-in, user-controlled release capability to facilitate dismounts, and a passive hook feature for carrying the frame. L-6704 approved.
In Pursuit of the World's Safest Knee.
Allux is the world's first polycentric microprocessor stance-and-swing-phase controlled knee. Nabtesco, a leader in microprocessor knee technology, has once again driven innovation forward with a new design. The unique concept boasts a dual safety system based on inherent polycentric stability factors and microprocessor control. The polycentric design's greater toe clearance means less risk of stumbling; however, in case of a stumble, the microprocessor immediately increases the hydraulic resistance to prevent the knee from sudden buckling.
The Allux knee heightens safety and security while providing exceptional functionality to the user.
New E-Series adhesives can be used for most items you currently use +PLUSeries adhesives for-we find the properties of E-Series adhesives work great when transferring devices and laminating, and when recycling set-up
componentry for reuse is desired.
- Thinner viscosity.
- Add heat for easy release.
- Works with all +PLUSeries mixing tips and dispensers.
- Lower cost.
Currently offering 220ml sizes in 60-second gel times, and in tan
and black colors. Call for more details.
Available from Motion Control: Motionfoot® MX. Building upon the success of the original Motionfoot, the MX's new features include:
- A new heel that significantly reduces heel shock for greater comfort
- A rolling fulcrum at the sole plate that increases the dynamic response
- A split toe that increases inversion/eversion motion
- Redesigned shaft and side plates for greater strength
- Customized main spring and sole plate for patient weight and activity level
- 50° range of motion, equivalent to the human ankle
- Suggested L-codes: L-5968, L-5981, L-5990, and L-5999
E-mail Motion Control, a Fillauer company, at .
The Horizon foot brings College Park's composite expertise to a carbon fiber foot design. The Horizon is constructed with aircraft-grade titanium components that allow for additional durability and a high weight limit. Even with an ultralow profile and ultra-lightweight design, the dynamics of the foot provide superior energy return for high-impact K3 users. The rollover Enviroshell™ design, combined with the specially engineered carbon composites, provide the perfect blend of comfort and ability for all activities. See the Horizon in action at www.youtube.com/collegeparkind.
College Park Industries
Breathable and lightweight, yet rigid and custom moldable! Boost patient compliance with a comfortable back support that delivers the stability your patient needs. The 3D-LITE™ LSO XTRA is designed to accommodate the healing process by applying adjustable compression and incorporating removable polyethylene anterior inserts and a 3D-LITE custom-moldable back panel that can be reheated and remolded.
The patient can easily slip his or her hands into the hand loops sewn onto both anterior panels for simplified donning and doffing. Five sizes fit from 23½" to 55" waists. PDAC letter available for L-0631. Contact us to learn more!
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).
Specifically designed for people with Chopart amputations, as well as Lisfranc, Pirogoff, Boyd, or partial foot amputations, the RUSH76™ has a dynamic design that gives users the ability to be active and do more of what they want to do without limitations. The unique glass composite outperforms carbon fiber and is engineered to be more flexible and durable than any other Chopart device available today.
Contact us to learn more about the RUSH76, RUSH81™, or RUSH87™. The RUSH™ feet are proudly handcrafted in the United States.
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Hersco's Lower Extremity Ankle Protection (LEAP) brace is designed to aid stability and proprioception for patients at risk for trips and falls. The LEAP is a short, semi-rigid AFO that is functionally balanced to support the foot and ankle complex. It is fully lined with a lightweight and cushioning Velcloth interface. Easily secured and removed with two Velcro® straps and a padded tongue. For more information, visit our website or call the lab toll-free.
Hersco Ortho Labs
Prosthetic Design's printed sockets are designed and printed using our in-house, one-of-a-kind printer. Along with prosthetic sockets, we can produce liners specific to the patient by 3D printing the individual molds. Contact us to learn more.
Prosthetic Design Inc.
A complete system for cost-effective automation in facilities of all sizes.
Scan, modify, carve, and thermoform. The cordless S1 Scanner allows fast, accurate 3D shape capture with unmatched
ease of use and at low cost. Newly released ProvelCAD modification software is easy to use and template based. The C7 Carver is not only fast and precise, its self-contained dust collection system is extremely quiet. The T7 Thermoformer, now with IR sensing, consistently produces high-quality thermoplastic sockets from industry-standard preforms. Compatible with AOP, OBJ, and STL files.
Features and benefits include:
- Four sizes that fit left or right
- Simple design
- Your logo helps patient retention
See our website for the full product line, including Limbsleeve and Limbsock. Available from all major
Turbomed Orthotics introduces the revolutionary FS3000
foot drop AFO.
This stunning, new AFO redefines comfort and
freedom. The patented design, using an outside-ofthe-
shoe approach, gives new possibilities to patients
with foot drop that they never thought possible.
Features and benefits include:
- 100% transferable
- 100% outside of the shoe
- As lightweight as a carbon fiber AFO
- No contact with the foot or the ankle
- Amazing energy return due to the patented design
- Best warranty on the market
Try the FS3000 for two months, and if you are not satisfied for any
reason, return it for a full refund.
Fred's Legs has added another new
and interesting design: Vapor. It
is available as a prosthetic cover
or laminating sleeve, and both are
reasonably priced. Vapor is added
to our collection of 100 different
SleeveArt designs. All of our
laminating sleeves are made from
Spandex and have four-way stretch
for easy application over the mold.
Standard sizes and custom sizing
are available. SleeveArt is your best
economical choice for adding art to
prostheses and orthoses.
The highly anticipated small bebionic hand is now available through SteeperUSA. The new small bebionic hand has an expanded range of features, delivering precise control in a highly efficient design.
- Overall size reduction of 30% without compromising function
- Three wrist options: new Flex Wrist, EQD (quick disconnect), and Short Wrist (wrist disarticulation)
- Two finishes: new pearlescent white Kevlar or bebionic black carbon
- Over 100% increase in finger pad surface area enhances grip
- Anatomically pleasing wrist and thumb transitions enhance natural appearance
- Provides all 13 grips currently available on bebionic3 medium/large hands