The Foot Care Issue - November 2018

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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...

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Feature

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...

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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...

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Stepping Out

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...

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Perspective

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...

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On Topic

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...

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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...

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Viewpoint

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...

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