Pedorthists & Podiatrists Working Together - August 2015

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A Symbiosis: Pedorthists & Podiatrists Working Together
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


With low insurance reimbursements andcompetition for patients, the relationshipbetween pedorthists and podiatrists canbe, well, strained at times."Everyone is chasing the same buck, especially withreimbursements the way they are," says Dean Mason,...

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Feature

The Cost of Diabetic Foot Ulcers
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


The annual cost of diabetes is tremendously expensive; according to the American Diabetes Association, it was $245 billion in 2012. 1 While nearly $70 billion of this figure was associated with reduced workforce productivity, the remaining $176 bi...

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Feature

If “Spring Is King,” Why Does a Prosthetic Foot That Absorbs More and Returns Less Energy Allow Users to Walk Faster?
By Alan R. De Asha, PhD, and John G. Buckley, PhD


The introduction of energystoring and returning (ESR)prosthetic feet represented amajor advance in prostheticrehabilitation. ESR feettypically incorporate heel and forefootkeels that deform and bend duringloading and then recoil duringunloading. T...

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Perspective

The Relevance of Including O&P Professionals in Research
By Thomas J. Cutler, CPO, FAAOP, CPHM


I have a confession: I am not a physical therapist.I also have an observation for physical therapists,physicians, biomechanists, and other medical staff:You are not orthotists. Nor are you prosthetists. Earlier this year, The O&P EDGE published ar...

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Sports

Warrior Games 2015: Overcoming Extraordinary Challenges


U.S. Marine Corps veteran Marcus Chischilly participates in the 200m race. Photograph by Cpl.

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Stepping Out

Why Are SCFOs Overlooked in the Pedorthic and Orthotic Communities?
By Dennis Janisse, CPed


We've all had them. In fact, my staff and I encounter them weekly, if not daily.You know-that patient who needs more support and control than a footorthosis alone can provide but for whom an AFO is overkill. What about aUniversity of California Bi...

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Today's Consumer

Mike “Gunner” Woodring: Cowboy Up
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


When Mike Woodring was a toddler, a family friend commented onhis gait: "He walks like a gunfighter." "I was kind of bowlegged, I guess," Woodring says, "so from thatmoment on he started calling me 'Gunner,'" and Woodring has carried thenickname s...

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Shop Talk

What Is Quality?
By Tony Wickman, CTPO


I was having a conversation with a friend the other day about the quality of a particulartechnician's work, and even though we roughly agreed on the "goodness" of the work,we couldn't really agree on the "quality" of his work. Yes, the work was pa...

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Advocacy

ABC Expands Advocacy Efforts Through Participation in the O&P Alliance
By Debbie Ayres, Director, Public Relations and Marketing


This article continues our series of articles about the Orthoticand Prosthetic Alliance (O&P Alliance) to highlight unitedadvocacy efforts in the profession. This issue featuresreflections about the role of the American Board for Certificationin O...

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Face to Face

Robbin Wright-Johnson, BOCP, CDME


Robbin Wright-Johnson, BOCP, CDME, findsinspiration in providing prosthetic care for herelderly patients. She says that because many of themlive in rural areas with gravel roads and uneven pavement,she makes visits to their homes to align their pr...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Billing for O&P devices seems to get morecomplicated by the day. Count on Got FAQs?to help answer your toughest questions. Thismonth's column addresses your questions about thedifference between custom-fitted and off-the-shelforthoses and how to c...

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Industry Review - Conferences

ISPO 2015: The AIM of P&O Care
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


With the flashing of frilly petticoatsand the high kicks of cancan dancers,attendees of the International Societyfor Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO)World Congress, held June 22-25,received a true French welcomein Lyon. Thedramatic flairof the dan...

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Industry Review - Conferences

PrimeFare East Sees Boost in First-Time Attendees


This year's PrimeFare East Regional Scientific Symposium, held June 19-20 atthe Renaissance Hotel and ConventionCenter, Nashville, Tennessee, welcomednew faces to the meeting. According toorganizers, about 60 percent of this year'sattendees were p...

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Viewpoint

My Aching Feet and Ankles!
By Andrea Spridgen


Most people probably don't spend much time thinkingabout their feet or ankles on a daily basis. But when aninjury, ailment, or disability causes pain or disrupts theirnormal functionality, feet and ankles become a primaryconcern. We devote this is...

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Online Exclusive

Why Our Personalized Approach Yields Unsurpassed Outcomes


Customer service representatives at PEL always strive to deliver the very best service in the O&P industry by anticipating each independent practitioner's needs.

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Online Exclusive

Innovation Could Improve 3D-Printed Prostheses


Two doctoral students at Texas A&M University have patented a coating that can make 3D-printed prosthetic devices more durable, and won an entrepreneurship award for the advance in July.

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