Pedorthic Solutions - November 2009

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Getting a Grip on Peripheral Neuropathy
By Miki Fairley


Peripheral neuropathy (PN) presents in astonishing variety—more than 100 types have been identified, each with its own characteristic set of symptoms, pattern of development, and prognosis, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disor...

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Users Rave about Evolution Custom Liners


"As a previous user of custom urethane liners, I have been very satisfied with the quality and performance of Evolution's custom silicone liners. The customer service is fabulous, and they will always go the extra mile to make sure you are totally...

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First Steps: Orthoses for the Pediatric Foot and Ankle
By Morgan Stanfield


Seeing a child walk for the first time can be one of life's great joys. Supporting a child in a lifetime of healthy movement can be even better. Clinicians who work to support and control the pediatric foot and ankle face an array of challenges on...

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Feature

Charcot Foot: A Case Study
By Gordon Zernich, CP, BOCP; Karin Zachow, MD, CWS; Gary Rothenberg, DPM, CWS; Tomas Dowell, CPO, LPO


Neuropathic osteoarthropathy, or Charcot foot, will affect 15 percent of the 18.2 million people currently diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, according to the article, "Neuropathic Arthropathy (Charcot Joint)," (eMedicine from WebMD: www.emedicine....

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Today’s Consumer

Mike Garone: Standing Up to Every Challenge
By Brady Delander


Photographs courtesy of the Garone family. New York teen keeps pushing his pace- and his limits-a year after losing his leg. Mike Garone's thrills come in many forms.

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Perspective

The Art of Prosthetics
By Christina Skoski, MD


One popular definition of the word prosthetics is "the art and science of developing artificial replacements for body parts." As a transpelvic amputee and prosthesis wearer for nearly 48 years, I've noticed a disturbing trend recently. Somewhere a...

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Stepping Out

Custom Shoes: The Importance of the Cast
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


"It is impossible to understand the science of shoes until one understands what science is." -Plato, The Theaetetus Despite the likely need for pedorthic services in ancient Athens, I doubt that Plato was a shoemaker. However, Plato's quote gets...

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Shop Talk

Biomechanics for Technicians
By Tony Wickman, RTPO


When I started out as an orthotic technician more than 25 years ago, I was taught to always flatten the plantar surface of an AFO mold. Then I had the opportunity to work with a group of physical therapy students. I felt secure in talking with the...

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Residency Report

Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk
By Stephanie LeGare


As an orthotic resident at National Orthotics and Prosthetics Company (NOPCO), Boston, Massachusetts, I spent the first seven weeks of my residency working on my technical skills at the central fabrication facility. When I was transferred to a cli...

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Face to Face

Bruce Jensen, CPed, and Rhonda Jensen, CPed


Bruce and Rhonda Jensen have the unusual distinction of sharing a business partnership, an O&P career path, and a 35-year marriage. They began their careers together making leather goods, progressed to cowboy boots and saddles, and then entered th...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Running an O&P practice is complicated enough without having to deal with frequent denials. This month's column tackles your questions regarding Medicare denials due to incorrect knee-brace modifiers, denials due to incorrect prosthetic modifiers,...

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Progress on Parity

ACA Ramps Up Push for Parity in the National Healthcare-Reform Bill
By Morgan Sheets


Morgan Sheets On September 16, amputees from as far away as North Dakota and Montana joined local activists at a Washington DC "lobby day" organized by the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) along with its partners, the American Orthotic & Prosth...

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Viewpoint

Maintaining a Strong Foundation
By Karen Henry


The Greek philosopher Socrates once said, "When our feet hurt, we hurt all over." Italian painter Leonardo da Vinci described the foot as "a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art." Clearly, these men understood the solid foundation that the...

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Donated C-Leg Works Wonders
By Brady Delander


How one family and their prosthetist dealt with an insurmountable health insurance cap. Mike Garone was running on his Otto Bock C-Leg less than two weeks after first testing it out. It was comfortable.

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