Pedorthics and Online Sales, Are They Compatible?
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez
With a rise in online sales, comfort shoe manufacturers and retailers are facing a dilemma. Do they give customers what they want through the ease of online sales? Or do they give the customers what they may need with personalized in-person servi...
The New Generation of AFOs
By Santiago Muñoz, CPO, FAAOP
As in the film Forrest Gump, orthoses were still commonly referred to as braces and were viewed more as restrictive apparatuses with only a minimal therapeutic benefit until a few years ago. They sometimes even res...
When Clinical Experience and Research Collide: A Recent Controversy in Lower-limb Orthotics
By John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)
Clinicians and researchers with a strong desire to know the truth often hold strong opinions, even though few areas of O&P practice are supported by an equally strong base of research evidence. Different conclusions reached in clinical and res...
Considerations in the Development of the Lower Limb in Children
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed
Learning to conduct a thorough biomechanical evaluation of a child can be a rewarding activity. It is an important skill in our profession as the earlier the detection of an abnormality, the better chances of managing or correcting it without surg...
An AFO Wish List From Patients
By Beth Deloria and Becky Piper
We are writing as representatives of Get Back Up Today and TeamUP, the only national team of people living with foot drop or dystonia who are on a mission to help those with mobility issues improve their quality of life. Although foot drop can be...
The RAC Facts
By Erin Cammarata
You can walk through either one of my company's locations on any day and I can almost guarantee you will hear a conversation about a Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) audit. Discussions can range from celebrating a win in the appeals department or b...
Industry Review - Associations
AOPA Assembly Draws Many to Canada
The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) chose Vancouver, British Columbia's water, blue skies, and snow-capped mountains for the backdrop of its 101st annual National Assembly, September 26-29. More than a thousand exhibitors and a...
Caring for Feet and Ankles
By Andrea Spridgen
Many of you may, like me, assume that an item or category of items would be readily available at a local brick and mortar store, particularly if you live in a metropolitan area—that is until it becomes something you need to purchase and fi...
The new CLAW™ feature is for OWLS® WHO™ and shark-o™ orthoses. Diabetic and nondiabetic Charcot joint neuropathy presents the need for orthotic designs to accommodate, correct, unload, and/or alter specific gait dynamics. The CLAW technology was developed to enhance the OWLS WHO and shark-o designs by improving orthotic fit and increasing patient function. Triplanar adjustments allow quick and easy alignment changes to optimize each patient's walking characteristics. The CLAW allows for progressive adjustments to accommodate these many variables, and are all performed in the patient fitting room. Learn more online.
Apis Footwear is proud to present and introduce the complete new line of Mt. Emey Footwear. Six new styles revamp and reenergize our already impressive collection. The new styles offer a highly demanded athletic fit with wider options, and one comes with its own built-in composite toe box. These styles include solid, EVA-injected midsoles, removable insoles for flexible fitting, and elongated counters for superior support. They are ideal for accommodating hard-to-fit feet, as well as braces and custom insoles.
The Guardian knee is a lightweight mechanical knee joint featuring a friction brake for stance control, stance flexion, and extension assist. It's best suited as a rehabilitation tool for new patients to learn standing and walking during the rehabilitation process, and as a permanent knee for low-impact patients. The Guardian also has a remote lock feature that can be disengaged as the patient progresses to provide the full 145 degrees of anatomical motion.
College Park Industries
With real-time control and an unprecedented four-axis design, the Meridium® micro-processor foot has taken a giant step closer to approximating the human foot. Perfect for your low- to mid-K3 patients who are looking for a more natural gait pattern plus enhanced stability and safety. Ask your sales representative or visit www.professionals.ottobockus.com for more details.
The i-limb® product range combines functionality with style. Individually motorized digits, stall detection, and the unique software used to control the i-limb hands result in highly versatile prosthetic hands optimized to meet the needs of your varied patient population.
Visit www.ossur.com/touch or ask your Össur rep about i-limb today.
The iFIT Prosthesis is an ideal solution for patients with frequent limb volume changes. As a preparatory device it can shape and shrink the limb. As a definitive socket it accommodates daily limb changes.
Unique features include:
- Well-padded socket for maximum comfort
- State-of-the-art manufacturing using the toughest materials
- Withstands water, sand, and demanding use
- Comfortable and adjustable
- Fit and aligned in a single setting
- Ideal as a preparatory prosthesis, a definitive device, or a water leg
iFIT Prosthetics is a Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB)
Over two years of continuous improvement in the making, the Plié 3 is stronger and more durable than ever. It moves instinctively at the user's own pace in any direction, whether taking small short steps or pivoting in confined spaces. It has the most responsive stumble and fall protection as well as customizable manual settings to allow for optimization for various activities such as hiking, running, or biking. In addition, it is both weatherproof and fully submersible.
It is truly a knee for every K3.
K and H series 2U (independent transfers and assisted ADLs) and 1A (independent assisted and unassisted transfers) feet are now available in medium heel heights. Medium heel height is also available with all AFP feet to include Syme's. Call or visit our website for more information.
Tillges Technologies, practitioner owned and operated, is the go-to central fabrication facility for your orthotic and prosthetic needs. Specializing in pre-preg bracing technology, our highly skilled and qualified technicians collaborate with our certified practitioners in fabricating all 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 – Engage in technology. Improve outcome and enhance care. Learn more on our website.
The Vista Ankle HY is a hydraulic ankle joint designed for elevated vacuum applications. The vacuum is generated from the cyclic ankle movements during gait. The hydraulic damping (dorsiflexion and plantarflexion) can be infinitely tuned to achieve the perfect balance between stability and mobility for walking on slopes or varied terrain. The distal female pyramid adapter is compatible with a wide range of prosthetic feet.
Our new Mt. Emey diabetic shoe line is redesigned with an all new look. This shoe line meets PDAC standards and are coded under A5500. We use quality materials in the products to make sure they are durable and offer great value. We are determined to increase your bottom line and enhance patient's compliance at the same time. For more information or to request free display samples, call us at 888.937.2747.
Apis Footwear Co.
Whether you practice in a state that has licensure requirements or are moving to one that does, find everything you need with ABC's interactive state licensure map. With detailed information about each state's requirements and costs, and links to important documents and applications, we've got you covered!
American Board for Certification/ABC
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
Designed with the end user in mind, the ECO Liner is the newest seamless liner by ALPS. Featuring ALPS HD Gel, the firm nature of the gel provides active amputees with a great degree of control while still providing superior comfort. In addition, it utilizes a new distal construction with reduced stretch to control distal distraction.
Please contact us for more information.