O&P Ten Years Later: Where Are We Now?
By Judith Philipps Otto
In January 2009, The O&P EDGE asked O&P experts to identify trends most likely to impact the profession during the next decade. In our 2019 follow-up, we find that nearly all their predictions were spot-on. In revisiting the prognostications from...
Finding Your Niche: Gaining Success, Satisfaction in Specialty O&P
By Miki Fairley
While many in the O&P profession enjoy the variety working in a general O&P facility offers, for some, building their businesses around a niche market brings success and personal career satisfaction. The O&P EDGE interviewed several business owner...
Developing O&P Solutions for Seniors: Meeting the Challenge
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez
With life expectancy increasing, and an ever-growing geriatric O&P patient population, O&P professionals are learning how to best treat this population and improve their outcomes. Finding the right solutions for a population that varies so much fr...
Ski Spectacular Draws Hundreds to Breckenridge
By Betta Ferrendelli
Sunny skies, chilly temperatures, and a mountain of snow provided perfect conditions for the 31st annual Hartford Ski Spectacular December 3-9, 2018, at Beaver Run Resort and Breckenridge Ski Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado. More than 800 partici...
The Play Attachment Project: Rethinking the Split Hook
By Marjorie Tulloch
The split hook is offered in the prosthetics departments at many pediatric care facilities as the most functional option for limb-absent children age two and over. I have found that most children are unable to open mechanical hands due to the high...
Adjustable Prosthesis Helps Boxer Go the Distance
By Betta Ferrendelli
When Rustin Hughes woke from his second amputation surgery on September 11, 2014, he was on a gurney, alone in a hallway, staring at a stark elevator door. He had undergone a transtibial amputation a few weeks earlier after a blood clot in his fem...
Defining Your Company Culture
By Erin Cammarata
What is your company culture and how important is it? Inc. Magazine describes corporate culture as the shared values, attitudes, standards, and beliefs that characterize members of an organization and define its nature .
Where We Have Been
By Andrea Spridgen
As we greet the new year, many people set goals to improve some aspect of their lives. While I'm not a big fan of New Year's resolutions, I do agree that recognizing areas for improvement and setting goals is an important endeavor. And, to move fo...
Hydraulic feet can provide K2 patients with an incredible range of controlled motion as well as assist in force absorption, enhance knee stability, and promote good posture. The Odyssey K2 foot from College Park has a patented curved hydraulic ankle, Intelliweave™ composite foot base, and customizable dual StrideControl™. This revolutionary foot provides a superior range of motion in a lightweight and low-profile design for an unbeatable combination of K2 patient benefits.
College Park Industries
The Pediatric Triple Action ankle joint provides independent adjustment of ankle alignment, range-of-motion, and stiffness for all stages of pediatric orthotic care:
• Dynamic support for active ambulators
• Progressive mobilization following surgery
• After Botox® to gain additional range of motion
JAWS is an innovative, versatile, heavy-duty, voluntary opening prehensor that can be used with and without a cable-harness system. Powerful and adjustable with four grip settings, it's easily shift-controlled by the wearer. Perfect for yard, ranch, and farm tools, with special capability for handling handlebars for ATVs, snowmobiles, and watercraft. Truly a crossover terminal device with multiple functions and capabilities. Crafted at 5" long with aircraft aluminum, stainless steel, and high-performance gripping polymer rubbers. L-Code 6721. Order now for delivery in February/March.
See a technical description and video on our website.
JAWS is the answer.
Redefine recovery with Ottobock's Omo Neurexaplus. The shoulder orthosis facilitates active rehabilitation by correctly positioning the arm and promoting movement for patients with shoulder subluxation. The Omo Neurexaplus inhibits pathological movement patterns, improves body posture and gait, and can be applied by patients themselves with one hand.
Call or visit www.professionals.ottobockus.com for more information.
Break into the new year with ALPS Smart Seal Liner.
Our Smart Seal Liner features raised bands that grip to the socket wall to form a secure interface. The bands are coated with a special material to ensure longer life and extra security for a smarter seal. The Smart Seal Liner has a new seamless knitted construction with a modern look and is available in locking and cushion suspension. The locking version features a new distal construction to control distal distraction with no matrix.
The Smart Seal Liner is just what you need to start off to a great new year!
Call or visit our website for more details.
Patented advanced carbon fiber composite ADL roll-over feet are now available in medium profile (neutral heel height is approximately 12.5% OAL foot length) to include LCE, LCD, FDS (pictured), and the Ergogenic ankle/foot system. Visit Dycor's website or call for additional information.
• Is a nontoxic and noncarcinogenic alternative to carbon fiber.
• Has little to no itch.
• Is made from basalt (lava rock), a 100% natural fiber.
We found you can save at least 31% by using Coyote Composite compared to carbon fiber.
For more information, visit our website.
Our accommodative foot orthotics are specially designed for patients with foot deformities. We offer a variety of materials for foot conditions such as neuropathy, Charcot foot, edema, or amputation, or conditions resulting from health issues like obesity, diabetes, sports injuries, or heart conditions. Custom-made foot orthotics provide support and relief wherever necessary. Apis provides qualified customers with a free 3D scanner to eliminate impressions or casting—now it's just a click. Fulfill all your pedorthic needs under one roof. Call our friendly customer service representatives for more information or free samples.
Apis Footwear Co.
ESP created the Flexi family of suspension sleeves as a comfortable, durable, and cost-effective alternative to traditional suspension sleeves. Preflexed at 43° for maximum comfort and natural unrestricted movement. 30% off list price for a limited time!
Less load, more dynamics
Introducing Pro-Flex® LP Align, which couples up to 2¾" of heel height adjustability with the mechanical power of the three-blade Pro-Flex design. So users can maintain proper alignment across a variety of everyday footwear, from sandals to sneakers to dress shoes. Visit www.ossur.com/pro-flex-family or ask your Össur representative about a Pro-Flex demo today.
The same dynamic footplate that is used on our EZ Stride AFO! EZ cut, grind and polish to fit into any shoe. Footplate has a flat surface for EZ attachment of any custom foot orthotic. Available in 3 different flexibilities (Firm, Standard & Flexible). Reversable and interchangeable to fit both right and left foot. 100% Pre-preg carbon fiber!
PROTEOR USA is delivering an extensive, progressive product line that includes everything today's active amputees need to live the life they love.
We offer an innovative portfolio that includes everything from the virtually indestructible RUSH Foot collection to the world's first microprocessor-controlled hydraulic 4-bar knee with both stance and swing functionality—the ALLUX, from the EASY RIDE, a multi-use extreme sports knee, to the KEASY renowned prefabricated cones, and from the K2 GERY foot to the flexible, all-terrain, DynaTrek foot.
Discover the exciting PROTEOR USA product line today! #HumanFirst
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.
A fresh new look for SWASH®, the world's only variable abduction hip alignment orthosis. SWASH STEADY replaces previous SWASH Classic, and SWASH Go replaces previous SWASH Low Profile. Your patients and caregivers are sure to like the soft, attractive, and durable fabric covers. Both new models include angled low-profile hip joints to reduce interference with posterior walkers, 8mm diameter uprights* to control high adductor tone, and low-profile, quick-release buckles for easier and faster donning and doffing. Become SWASH certified and we will send you a free 7-in-1 Allen Key set. For more information, visit www.allardusa.com/swash-cert.
*Except size 1 Steady
WillowWood now offers a simple elevated vacuum solution with the LimbLogic®M. This inline, mechanical vacuum pump has a low build height of 3.6" for flexibility in componentry selection and alignment.
LimbLogic M offers:
• Adjustable vacuum setting for optimal security and patient comfort
• Shock absorption to reduce impact on limb
• Adjustable stiffness lets one pump satisfy a range of weights and comfort preferences
• Rotatable distal pyramid for easy alignment
• Standard 4-hole mount for simple and familiar set-up
• Light and Standard versions suiting weights from 100-330 lb.
Features and benefits include:
- Superior rotational control
- Optimal balance of flexibility and rigidity with Prepalon
- Prepalon is an elastomer with continuous fiber blend technology (CFET)
- Flex, which comes from soft elastomer, offers optimum tear strength
- Rigidity, which comes from continuous fiber, offers structure and support
- No need for string to prevent the joint from stretching
- The tendon design offers smooth movement while providing support in rotation and the sagittal plane.
Now with the new one-piece frame and programmable in five minutes or less, 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.