Happy Birthday HIPAA
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) turns 20 this year. Enacted in 1996, HIPAA establishes national standards regarding the security and privacy of patients' medical records and other private health information (PHI) an...
Keeping Feet Healthy and Fashion Forward: The Intersection of Function and Style in Your Pedorthic Retail Business
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez
In a world of instant gratificationwith hundreds of options availablefor almost any product on themarket, pedorthic retail businesseshave to work harder than ever todeliver comfort, style, and service totheir customers. While expectationsmay be hi...
How Much Is Enough? The Orthotic Management of Idiopathic Toe Walking
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP
Toe walking can be associated with a number of comorbid diagnoses. Children with cerebral palsy, certain myopathies, and autism may adopt this gait pattern. However, this presentation also occurs in cases where these diagnoses have been ruled out...
Safe Socks: What Your Mother Never Told You
By Judith Philipps Otto
Ignored, neglected, and often abused, our feet help us soldier through an inhospitable world of obstacles and challenges, dependent largely on our socks as a first line of defense for health, healing, and protection. From therapeutic compression t...
The Journey to Kijabe
By Jerald Cunningham, CPO
Clubfoot is one of the most common birth defects. Two hundred thousand babies are born with clubfoot each year, and left untreated, they will be subjected to a life of pain and disability. The Ponseti method is the standard treatment globally.
An Overview of Mechanical Knee Pain
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed
The knee is the largest and strongest joint in the body, consisting of the distal femur, the proximal end of the tibia, and the patella. The ends of these three bones are covered with cartilage that protects and cushions them as the knee bends and...
Faced With MS, Jill Walsh Rolls With the Changes
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel
The biking leg of triathlons was Jill Walsh's least favorite aspect of the event, which may surprise some given the name she has since made for herself in the sport of paracycling. The 53-year-old former runner turned triathlete became one of the...
Frequently Discussed Medicare Tips and Reminders
By Erin Cammarata
It seems not a day goes by that I do not receive a phone call regardinga Medicare regulatory issue. I would like to review a few frequentlydiscussed topics, along with tips and reminders, that you might findhelpful, whether you are a new or season...
Industry Review - Consumer
Cybathlon 2016: Breaking Barriers With Assistive Technology
A LEG race competitor demonstrates his ability to sit and stand repeatedly. Photograph courtesy of ETH Zurich/Alessandro Della Bella . After more than two years of hype, the Cybathlon-a new competitiondesigned to showcase the capabilitiesof roboti...
Industry Review - Conferences
AOPA 2016: Lighting the Future
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel
On the cusp of a centennial celebration, the 99th National Assembly of the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) was held September 8-11 in Boston. More than 2,200 O&P professionals and allied healthcare colleagues convened for educati...
Cute Shoes, Comfort, and Combining the Two
By Andrea Spridgen
When I was in my late teens and early 20s, I selected leisure footwear primarily on the basis of its attractiveness. I did own practical shoes-having spent those years in Colorado and Minnesota, known for their cold, snowy winters-but a good amoun...
Specializing in foot care since 1977. With a focus on respecting your patient care decisions, Amfit offers lab services and technology to help you achieve the right treatment results via completely custom foot orthotics.
- Send Impression boxes or Amfit orthotic design files
- Diabetic A5513 approved styles start at 3 pairs for $60 w/shipping
- Custom toe filler and Charcot foot orthotics available
- Rigid orthotics in Carbon fiber and Polypropylene
- Five EVA base material styles (Shore A; 25-65 durometer)
- Receive finished, sanded, or rough-milled base in ¾- or full-length
Equipment programs start with FreeScan through lease purchase of complete fabrication systems. We're here to help you maximize time and money while maintaining or improving patient care.
To learn more, e-mail today.
Allied OSI Labs is a leader in the custom orthotic and AFO industry. We provide superior service and high-quality products using the best materials. Allied OSI Labs offers the #1 recommended AFO-the Richie
Allied OSI Labs
The Academy of Pedorthic Science is one of the foremost and highly respected centers of pedorthic education. We have a pedorthic certification program, a therapeutic shoe fitter program, a certified veteran training center, continuing education courses, and employment and licensee opportunities.
Academy of Pedorthic Science
In a far too stagnant market of therapeutic footwear, we're bringing an
unparalleled collection of refined footwear. At Anodyne, we've avoided
the commercial vision of quick and easy comfort. Instead, we've returned
to the fundamental roots of footwear-meticulous design, quality
craftsmanship, and rigorous attention to detail.
The A.C.M.O. Achilles Contracture Management
Orthosis is an alternative to serial casting.
Features and benefits include:
- Total contact
- Ambulatory boot
- Adjustable angle at ankle
- Life after dorsiflexion is achieved (night splint)
- Billable with standard L-Codes
OHI is the global leader in lower-limb DME technologies for healthcare providers who treat diseases associated with the extremities. Through a growing family of brands, including Apex Foot Health, Arizona AFO, Australian Orthotic Group, Footbon, Langer Biomechanics, PedAlign, The Orthotic Group, and SafeStep, OHI continues to innovate and create global scale in an effort to provide a complete solution of therapies and medical technologies for their partnering customer base of healthcare providers.
Recognized as a pioneer in the manufacturing of custom foot orthoses, ankle foot orthoses, and therapeutic footwear, OHI currently distributes medical technologies throughout North America, Europe, and Australia/New Zealand.
ShearBan is a revolutionary new product designed and developed by Tamarack Habilitation Technologies to help you manage friction quickly, easily, and cost effectively. ShearBan sheets allow you to cut a customized pattern to fit unique applications. All sheets are adhesive backed and are available in blue or beige packs of five or individually. ShearBan provides benefits to your patients by increasing the comfort and performance of your orthotic or prosthetic design. Patented: U.S. 6,362,387; CA 2,335,066; EP 1,087,738
Tillges Technologies is the go-to central fabrication facility for Minnesota custom AFO bracing and other orthotic device needs. Our highly skilled and qualified technicians collaborate with our certified practitioners in fabricating all of our custom-made devices. We pride ourselves on LEAN initiatives to reduce lead times and to continuously improve our quality standards on the products and services we provide. Tillges Technologies—we aim for perfection! Visit our website today to learn more.
- Custom leather-covered AFOs-two-day manufacturing time up to 9", only $250
- Custom articulating AFOs
- Custom PLS AFOs and SAAFOs
- Custom orthotics
- Custom shoes
- Digital scans accepted
Healthcare professionals, for a free catalog and samples, call 800.424.5561. Foot care retailers, for referrals and free displays, call 800.356.8185. For direct patient orders and free brochures, call 800.PEDIFIX.
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PediFix Medical Footcare
Sole Innovations' expertise in fabrication, P&O services, and billing, combined with our prices, craftsmanship, and fast turnaround, makes us the fabrication specialists for your custom AFO needs. Visit our website for pricing and ordering information. We are the exclusive
fabricators of the Toad Anti-Gravity Brace.
Apis is a manufacturer of custom foot orthotics and custom shoes. We promise to use top-quality materials in all custom products, and have a no-risk guarantee. Whether it is high-top athletic shoes or super-wide comfort shoes, you can choose any style in the catalog. One pair of custom-molded inserts are included. Save more when you combine your regular shoe order with custom-made inserts. Free 3D camera offers instant data transfer, permanent recordkeeping, and huge savings on shipping and labor. Your satisfaction is our first priority. Do not fit, do not pay.
Apis Footwear Company
The Silcare Breathe silicone liner allows moisture to escape. Unique moisture management results in drier skin, helps reduce the damaging effects of friction, and improves comfort and control.
Features and benefits include:
- Stretch zones: Seamless technology provides bidirectional stretch, improving comfort and contouring, and reducing shear force as it flexes.
- Laser-drilled perforations: Optimally sized pores distributed uniformly along the length and distal end of the liner permit the escape of air and moisture.
- Tendresse finish: A lower coefficient of friction than standard silicone reduces shear stress on the skin.
Back LSO High Panel
This brace acts as an immobilizing
device for the lumbar-sacral region
to reduce pain caused by lumbago,
sciatica, and ischialgia.
Through a new locking
technology, the closing system is
user-friendly and allows a wide range
of tension settings. This patented
immobilizing device is practical and
easy to wear. It's perfectly adaptable
to any size and body type to ensure
maximum support and comfort at the desired tension.
Learn more about this and other great M-Brace products on our
The OWLS® Program is a culmination of more than ten years of
clinical orthotic development accommodating diabetic ulcers
classified Wagner 1-4 with custom orthoses. These devices correct
and stabilize the ankle complex to better enhance diabetic wound
unloading and mobility and to promote healing. These orthoses will
complement the ongoing wound therapies and post-operative care
being offered at wound centers worldwide.
OWL products include:
- WHO™ Heel Relief
- WHO Forefoot Relief
- WHO Midfoot/Walking AFO
- shark-o™ Charcot Orthosis
- Advanced Diabetic Orthosis
For more information, visit www.orthomerica.com/owls.
The Infinite Socket™ is the first modular and adjustable socket that empowers clinicians and users. Built-in tensioning systems, custom modular components, and advanced materials allow adjustability at the socket as the residual limb changes.
medi USA is proud to announce its third and latest addition to the innovative Panthera family of feet with the new Panthera CF III-providing dynamic and smooth walking for the K3 amputee.
Features and benefits include:
- Plug-and-play adjustable heel for ease of use
- Excellent multiaxial compliance via integrated carbon and elastomer layers
- Pivoting dynamics mimic ankle motion
- Comfortable heel strike
- Fluid rollover and dynamic toe-off due to innovative, continuous carbon spring technology
- Available in beige, light brown, and dark brown
- Smarter: uses simple gestures to charge grips
- Faster: boost digit speed by up to 30%
- Smaller: new form-fitting anatomical design reduces profile in every dimension
The Superior Performance (SP) Liner features new, black fabric that allows for additional comfort and stability for active patients. The liner is formulated with both ALPS GripGel and High Density (HD) Gel, which contain properties that help facilitate donning, as well as reducing pistoning and bunching behind the knee. The SP Liner provides superior comfort and diversity and is offered in 3mm and 6mm uniform thicknesses to accommodate most users.
Ypsilon® Flow is the newest member of the ToeOFF family of products. It's the AFO of choice for active patients with foot drop and no other ankle or proximal deficits. The increased range of motion accommodates different terrain and longer strides. The new geometry design provides a dynamic response for foot lift without restricting or immobilizing normal joint or muscle activity. A gradual heel rise allows for an intimate fit in the patient's shoe. It is Allard USA's goal to provide dynamic response AFOs without limiting function. Call customer service for more information today.
Extraordinary adventures begin with the new ultralow-profile RUSH™ ROVER! With a clearance just over two inches, even patients with the most extreme low or high clearance will benefit from the dynamic toe-off and superior energy return of the ROVER.
Capable. Strong. Comfortable. From rocky trailheads to the sidewalks of a concrete jungle, patients can navigate even the most demanding terrain with ease. RUSH ROVER-the world is yours; go live it! Now available in sizes 22-30cm. Visit www.rushfoot.com for more information.
A U.S. Department of Defense grant, awarded to Motion Control, Salt Lake City, Utah, funded development of a new Electric Terminal Device (ETD) and wrist system.
For many in U.S. military hospitals, the ETD is the first-choice hand replacement for function and versatility. The ETD is the only device that achieves true resistance against water, dirt, dust, and grease.
The next-generation ETD is in field trials, and should be available for pre-order in late spring 2016.
Motion Control, a Fillauer Company
The all new www.college-park.com
has been completely redesigned for
you. Browse everything College Park
in one place. Discover our unique
product wizard to find the ideal
foot, build the product to the exact
configuration you need with an easy
check-out process, place the order,
and see the invoice or pay on the spot.
Create your online account to get
24-7 access to your unique dashboard
with online order history and order status, as well as special practitioner
assets like technical manuals and educational resources. Explore the
new and improved www.college-park.com today.
College Park Industries
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
All Pro-Flex® feet feature a unique three-blade design with a foot blade
that incorporates a full-effective toe lever and a more anatomical split
toe. This innovative design helps generate exceptional toe-off energy
and a fluid, natural progression from heel strike to toe-off. Learn more
about the Pro-Flex family at www.ossur.com/proflex.
The Triple Action™ Stance/Swing Control
Ankle Joint is designed to provide highly
adjustable control of the lower limb during
both the stance and swing phases of gait.
The patent-pending component excels in
the treatment of complex neuromuscular
disorders. Alignment, plantarflexion resist,
and dorsiflexion resist are independently
adjustable, which help to simplify
optimization. The component delivers high
resistance, permitting mobilization of the
ankle through both the stance and swing
phases of gait.
Why make the transition to BOC? Award-winning customer service, nationally recognized credentials, and a user-friendly website are just a few of the benefits of choosing BOC. As your credentialing partner, we provide accreditation for your O&P facility at a discounted rate, guide you through the accreditation process, and
support your future success.
Plus, it's easy and free! Make the transition to BOC for accreditation with no up-front cost. Visit our booth at the AOPA National Assembly or contact us at .
We're with you every step of the way. It's our promise. Every patient.
Every facility. Every day.
Board of Certification/Accreditation
The end of rigid brims
The new SwingBrim™ technology offers the same dynamic brim comfort as the full Socket-less Socket™, but can now be integrated into existing sockets as well. No more static brim shape. No more hard ischial seat. It's the difference between sitting on a hard chair versus sitting in a soft hammock.
View the free SwingBrim and Socket-less Socket training at MartinBionics.com.
A prosthetic knee designed and engineered for cycling, surfing, boarding, and skiing.
Features and benefits include:
- User-friendly adjustments for stance resistance and extension dynamics
- Self-modifiable for sport mode
- Waterproof and heavy-duty design
- Accommodates active patients
- For summer and winter sports
- Resistant to high impact
For more information about Easy Ride, e-mail customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch our video "Easy Ride Knee" by MediaProteor on our YouTube channel.
Nabtesco & Proteor in USA
From your home, complete the first two quarters (6 months) and final quarter (3 months) of the NUPOC 21-month MPO. Spend four quarters (12 months) in mentored practicum at NUPOC, building P&O skills by working with people who have neuromusculoskeletal impairments. NUPOC graduates are eligible for NCOPE residencies and P&O certification examinations. The NUPOC MPO prepares you to become a proficient clinician, deliver comprehensive P&O services, integrate research into clinical practice, and contribute to the P&O profession. NUPOC accepts candidates on a rolling admissions basis.
Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center
Feinberg School of Medicine