If Disaster Strikes: Will You Be Prepared?
By Betta Ferrendelli
What three O&P facilities are doing to rebuild, and what you can learn from them. According to the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Insurance Information Institute (III), earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, floods, droughts, and other natural...
Service-Oriented Care: Can It Be Taught?
By Judith Philipps Otto
Neufeld Burdett Kistenberg Stark Rhodes Hovorka Parente Hornbeak Kapp Now, as never before, there appears to be increased humanitarian concern for those who are in urgent need of O&P products and care but ar...
Young Turks: Who Are They Now?
By Miki Fairley
Boomer Hall Highsmith Jacobsen Stevens Last month, The O&P EDGE article, "Young Turks: Where Are They Now?" touched base with O&P professionals who were featured in the December 2002 article, "The Young Turks: How Are They Impacting...
O&P Services in Haiti Look to a Sustainable Future
By Jim Rogers, CPO, FAAOP
A tent city near the Port-au-Prince airport. On January 12, 2012, Haiti reached the two-year mark since the devastating earthquake occurred just west of its capital, Port-au-Prince. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 200,0...
An Update on the Hanger Clinic in Haiti
Ivan R. Sabel, CPO, chairman of the board of directors for Hanger Orthopedic Group, Austin, Texas, and chairman of the Hanger Ivan R. Sabel Foundation provided The O&P EDGE with the following update about the Hanger Clinic in Deschapelles, Haiti.
The Chiropractic Wellness Model as a Complement to Prosthetic Care
By Randall Kloor, DC
Limb loss compromises the structural component of the body. Whether the loss is an upper or lower limb, there is a change in spinal, pelvic, and even cranial biomechanics. The chiropractic wellness model can improve outcomes for individuals with l...
Anthony Brown, PhD: Moving Beyond Existence
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel
Those who wish to control their own lives and move beyond existence as mere clients and consumers—those people ride a bike. —Wolfgang Sachs, of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Germany, and the former chairman of Greenp...
Doing Good Is Good for Business
By Betta Ferrendelli
Mother Teresa once said, "We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love." When one gives monetarily or of their time and effort, the benefits in return are often difficult to measure in words. Just ask Kate Shipley, CP...
Fabricating a Polytol Socket for a Transfemoral Prosthesis
By Jason Kimmel
Wearer comfort with a prosthesis depends on the fit and design of the socket as well as the material used. New materials for residual-limb bedding have done much to improve users' comfort and expand technicians' skills. Every innovation in materia...
DSUSA Ski Spectacular Draws 700 Participants
Exclusive live coverage from The O&P EDGE. Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA), held its 24 th annual The Hartford Ski Spectacular December 4-11, 2011, in Breckenridge, Colorado. More than 700 participants from 30 states, 47 DSUSA chapters, and nine count...
Looking Back, Looking Ahead
Ten Years of Responding In Times of Need
By Andrea Spridgen
Afghanistan: (Photograph courtesy of Hanger P&O.) Whether it's landmines in war-torn Afghanistan, hurricanes in the U.S. Gulf Coast, or an earthquake in Haiti, when tragedy strikes, the O&P community responds with open hearts, skilled and willin...
Face to Face
Face to Face: Kevin C. Matthews, CO, LO
At 19 years old, Kevin Matthews was living at home and attending college when he says he had the urge to expand his horizons. Knowing that the Army could offer him career training and a change of scenery, he says he decided to enlist. It was 1981,...
Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon
Billing for O&P devices and care is complicated. Count on "Got FAQs?" to help ensure you are using the most current information when preparing your claims. This month's column answers your questions about codes for microprocessor knees, workers' c...
Playing the Odds
By Karen Henry
Every day-whether consciously or not-people make personal risk assessments. For example, the odds of a person being struck by lightning during his or her lifetime are great enough-10,000 to 1, according to the National Weather Service-that we are...
WillowWood Expands Alpha Liner Offerings
EDGE Direct Due to popular demand of the Alpha® Hybrid Liners and customer requests, WillowWood is pleased to announce new liner options in both custom and prefabricated liners. Select fabric and Hybrid gel are now available as options when orde...
'Young Turk' Views O&P through Wide-Angle Lens
Growing up in a military family and living in several countries has given Shane Ryley, BOCPO, an exceptional ability to adapt to different environments and be open to new ideas as well as honing his communication skills. He puts these abilities, a...
Optec USA proudly presents its newest line of products, the Gladiator Knee Brace. Gladiator Knee Braces are built to offer durable, dependable support to patients of every activity level. By offering varying heights and designs, the Gladiator series ensures your patients will receive the optimal brace for their specific needs.
The Trautman Dual Bladder Vacuum Station allows for a variety of options in vacuum forming. The dual-bladder configuration enables better mold preservation during vacuum forming and improved surface quality of the molded product. The station can be used as either a dual-bladder or single-bladder vacuum station.
- Durable, powder-coated, aluminum frame.
- High-temperature, non-stick, clear silicone bladder.
- Dual bladder for use with Comfil® TFC and pre-preg materials.
- Quick-change outer bladder saves time and money.
- Exterior dimension: 24" x 24".
- Requires vacuum source (two connections for dual-bladder setup).
The Javelin dynamic-pylon foot is designed to provide excellent energy return and ground compliance. It is a lightweight foot for new and experienced
amputees who desire a responsive foot with a sleek cosmetic profile.
Key features include:
- Dynamic pylon for tibial progression and excellent energy return.
- Tripod design with split toe for maximum ground compliance.
- Length guide on rear of pylon for ease of setup.
- Slim and lightweight design allows for easy cosmetic finish.
- Foot shell, glide sock, and fitting clamp included.
Becker Oregon's CRO Walker is a neuropathic healing boot designed to offer maximum flexibility and patient comfort, as well as ease of maintenance for the attending practitioner. The orthosis consists of a custom-molded clamshell
design in your choice of composites or thermoplastics, with a removable,
self-molding plantar liner and subliner available in 5mm and 10mm Plastazote® or Aliplast®. Removable, interchangeable liners allow for swelling and edema issues and assist in cleaning and replacement.
Ottobock now offers a line of waterproof components! Designed specifically for use in the water, the Aqualine® waterproof prostheses provide waterproof protection for either transtibial or transfemoral users. The Aqualine components are perfect for use as a shower leg or for other water activities. The Aqualine accommodates users who weigh up to 330 lb. and includes specially modified adapters, pylons, and a tube clamp along with the waterproof knee and foot. Call your local Ottobock sales representative to learn more.
The Mt. Emey® Medical Collection of shoes from Apis Footwear is designed for hard-to-fit feet or feet with larger orthotics needs. The Medical Colletion offers a variety of closures for ease-of-fit adjustability. These shoes will accommodate mild or severe foot deformities related to conditions such as edema, Charcot, bunions, and rheumatoid arthritis, and are in stock for on-time delivery.
Whether you need to order custom orthotics only or from the large selection of Apis shoes, we offer great package deals. Call our friendly customer service representatives for more details.
Apis Footwear Co.
The Power of One™ product lineup from PEL includes items from Ottobock, including adapters, knee and hip joints, cosmetic covers, foams, resins, and more.
Established in 1919 in Germany, Ottobock opened its doors in the United States in 1958 and in Canada in 1978. The Ottobock name stands for innovation and entrepreneurial success. Like Ottobock, PEL Supply is in its third generation as a privately held company. Their partnership offers O&P practitioners maximized performance, outstanding service, and time-proven value.
A new supplement to the PEL prosthetic catalog is available now.
Due to popular demand of the Alpha® Hybrid Liner and customer requests, WillowWood is pleased to announce that clinicians may now order Alpha DESIGN® Liners with Select fabric and hybrid gel for transtibial and transfemoral applications.
When placing an order, use the same DESIGN Liner part number you always have and complete the order form with your choice of fabric and gel
type. Lead time for Alpha DESIGN Liners with hybrid gel is five to seven business days. Ordering capability within OMEGA® will be available in
The Pacific™ Adjustable Collar has been enhanced to provide patients with effective control of cervical spine motion. The collar now features a slip-resistant interface to achieve increased security while also ensuring optimal alignment.
- New, slip-resistant interface ensures optimal alignment and increased security.
- Thick, open-cell foam liners provide comfort, breathability.
- Low-density polyethylene shells provide stability, flexibility.
- Accommodates all your adult patients in two adjustable sizes.
- New, reduced price.
Orthomerica® Products introduces the new California® Ventura™ Spinal Brace that is easy to fit, yet simple for the patient to don and doff. The Ventura provides controlled levels of stability by featuring easily removable, rigid plastic components—making it ideal throughout rehabilitation. When spinal control of extension and flexion is desired, the Ventura is the perfect fit. Available in four different PDAC-approved options, as well as the ability to purchase additional components.
The Elite Blade is a dynamic shock-shank foot that combines great deflection for running response with a free and easy walking action.
Key features include:
- Independent e-carbon heel and toe
- Length guide for ease of setup.
- Dynamic pylon deflects to optimize running and ensure relaxed and comfortable walking.
- Low build height, lightweight simple design, and easy to cosmetically finish.
- Foot shell, glide sock, and fitting clamp included.
With an innovative, multiple-spring design, the Soleus® produces natural
movement, smooth transitions, and superior range of motion. Involving the
entire foot in absorbing and returning energy, the Soleus accommodates a
moderate to the most active lifestyle. The multi-composite design and wide platform heel affords stability, durability, and comfort on varying terrain.
Key features include:
- Synchronized control throughout the stance phase.
- Superior terrain compliance.
- Precision gait matched for out-of-the-box performance.
- Available in gold or silver.
- Weight limit up to 275 lb. (125kg), three-year warranty.
- Same-day, custom built to order.
College Park Industries
Allard USA is proud to announce the availability of its first-ever complete catalog
. Easily find product numbers, sizing information, and replacement-component information for all Allard USA innovative products: ToeOFF® Family, SWASH®, Kid-Dee-Lite™, CHECK, X-LITE®, 3D-Lite™, and Cut-4-Custom.
You will also find an electronic version of the catalog at www.allardusa.
com. The electronic version includes an interactive table of contents so
you can just click on any item and immediately transfer to the page that
details the information for that specific product.
- New MC Wrist Rotator (p/n 3010748).
- Two new versions—both mount in forearm.
- Standard: Use with ProControl2, U3, or Utah Hybrid.
- ProWrist: Use with microprocessor-controlled TDs.
- Two-times the speed and torque of previous versions.
- New lamination collar, available in three sizes.
- In-hand version also available—built into MC Hand or ETD.
SPS is pleased to offer its customers a special, limited-time offer on Alpha® Silicone Liners. Through March 31 or while supplies last, each facility (per location) may receive one FREE Alpha Silicone Liner.
The new, platinum-cured silicone liner is manufactured of medical-grade silicone. The liner's one-way stretch Select™ fabric controls pistoning without using a distal matrix.
Call SPS customer service and mention promotion code ASL08 to order your FREE Alpha Silicone Liner. Specify liner size and cushion or locking version
at the time of order. All free liners will be shipped via ground transportation.
The PRO CUFF forearm "prosthosis," equipped with high-performance BOA® tensioning technology, is fabricated from EXOS low-temperature laminate and is easily custom shaped. Slip it on the patient, shape it to the limb, apply tension, and it hardens permanently, until reheated. A stainless, disconnect terminal-device bracket system is easily mounted to the medial aspect of the PRO CUFF, allowing for proximal-distal terminal-device placement.
Cushioned foam inside for comfort; stealth-black exterior; fiveinches long; both right and left models.
Perfect for golf, kayaking, swimming, light weight conditioning, and more. Competitively priced!
The best-performing Flex-Run™ to date, featuring a longer toe lever to increase stability and normalize stride length, a more aggressive C-shape to
improve forward-energy return for more efficient gait progression, and
the first-ever removable running sole by Nike®.
To learn more about the NEW Flex-Run with Nike Sole, call 800.233.6263, or visit www.ossur.com/flex-run today.
SYMBIONIC LEG is the first commercially available, complete bionic leg that combines a microprocessor knee and a powered, microprocessor ankle. It provides unmatched toe clearance for enhanced safety and enables transfemoral amputees to stably and confidently traverse terrain they might otherwise avoid, without the gait deviations commonly seen in MPK users. SYMBIONIC LEG is insurance billable using existing, approved L-Codes and, when used with RHEOLOGIC Workbench software, offers the ability to document actual user cadence variation to reduce insurance reimbursement risk. SYMBIONIC LEG is the newest addition to the industry-leading Bionic Technology by Össur platform.
A lightweight, extremely strong and robust material. One of the most widely used, all-purpose, compositereinforcement materials. White, elastic, 70% glass, and 30% nylon. Great fiber reinforcement at a low cost.
White, very elastic—great finishing stockinette. Provides an extrasmooth appearance for final laminations.
Unique hybrid of strength and optimal elasticity. Useful for the majority of laminations used in the O&P industry. The weave provides a smooth surface on your finished laminations.