Preventing the Burn - November 2020

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Preventing the Burn: Is There a Role for AFOs in Mitigating the Pain of Claudication?
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a substantial problem, affecting as much as 10 percent of the general population and 20 percent of people over 70 years old. 1 Affecting an estimated 8.5 million adults in the United States, PAD is caused by...

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Collisions in Clinical Care
By John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)


Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a substantial problem, affecting as much as 10 percent of the general population and 20 percent of people over 70 years old. Affecting an estimated 8.5 million adults in the United States, PAD is caused by...

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How Neurologic Development Influences Gait Biomechanics and Pediatric O&P
By Gerald Stark, PhD, MSEM, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)


Children Are Not Small Adults When clinicians treat pediatric O&P patients, it's important to remember that children simply cannot be treated as if they are small adults. The rules clinicians use for designing and fitting O&P devices need to be...

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Stepping Out

Causes and Treatment of Low Back Pain
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


Chronic low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common reasons people will see a doctor or miss days at work. According to the World Health Organization, the lifetime prevalence of LBP in industrialized countries  is estimated to be 60-70 percent....

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Today's Consumer

Lindi Marcusen Doesn’t Take a Break
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


Lindi Marcusen has always been active. As a gymnast from elementary school through high school, she travelled the country and spent 20 hours per week in the gym. In college she was a body builder in the bikini division.

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On Topic

A Medicare Tool Belt
By Erin Cammarata


I used to do a presentation that started with a slide that said, "If I had a crystal ball and could tell you the future of healthcare…." As I was writing this article, that slide kept popping into my mind. Man, if I had a crystal ball. This year h...

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Perspective

Transtibial Prosthesis Material Management
By Matthew Harris, CPO


T hroughout my career I have lamented the lack of research and empirical data demonstrating which modification techniques for transtibial patients are effective based on patient presentation. I have struggled with determining exactly which casting...

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Editor's Message

November 2020 Editor's Note
By Andrea Spridgen


Though the average person may not think about it often, O&P professionals are keenly aware that anything that interferes with a person's gait has health implications far beyond simply walking comfortably. In this issue, we explore how O&P interve...

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