To Fit or Not to Fit? - December 2012

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To Fit or Not To Fit?
By Garrison Wells


Considerations When Fitting Elderly Dysvascular Patients with a Prosthesis Regardless of an amputation's etiology, fitting a prosthesis is no easy feat. Every patient hasdifferent needs and preferences, and part of the prosthetist's job is to...

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Feature

The Knee-ds of the K2 Transfemoral Amputee
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


As part of a recent joint educational effort by the AmericanAcademy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy)and the American Physical Therapy Association(APTA), a few colleagues and I were asked to address our processesand preferences in recom...

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Feature

Aging Gracefully with an Amputation
By Kate Hawthorne


When working with the elderly patient population, prosthetistsgenerally see two types of people: those who have become amputeesduring their sunset years, and those who have been livingwith limb loss for years-whether it's the result of a birth def...

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Feature

Society Spotlight: The Efficiency of Antiperspirant Products to Reduce Perspiration of Residual Lower Limbs
By Abbey Downing, CPO


Introduction As many as 50 percent of individuals withlower-limb amputations have demonstratedskin complications during use of their protheses. 1 The socket environment closes the limbin snugly, restricting the airflow and making itnearly impos...

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Today's Consumer

Ethan Payton: Getting a Better Grip
By Sherri Edge


Payton and Miguelez discuss the functional advantages of the Michelangelo Hand. Photographs courtesy of Advanced Arm Dynamics . If you met Ethan Payton, he'd probablytell you about his recently earned graduatedegree in international affairs or tha...

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Industry Leader

Frederick Downs Jr.: A Life of Service
By Clayton Moore


Some men are naturally born toserve. Others do their duty totheir country despite seeminglyinsurmountable challenges. FrederickDowns Jr., retired nationaldirector of the U.S.

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Sports

CAF: San Diego Triathlon Challenge and More


Braylin attended the Össur Leg Amputee Running and Mobility Clinic on Saturday, October 20, where he got to run and play with other young lower-limb amputees just like him. The next day Braylin joined his new friends in his first Kid's Run at the...

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead

The O&P EDGE by the Numbers
By Karen Henry


For the final installment of our anniversary column, we researchedwhat news and feature articles from The O&P EDGE received themost views on oandp.com. To add a little spice, we threw ina few amazing and interesting statistics from theoandp.com si...

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Stepping Out

Using a Multifaceted Approach to Treat Aging Feet
By Howard Hillman, CPed


[The aging population] remains underserved andill-informed regarding solutions available for theirpainful feet. It is important to keep our older patientsactive and moving. That's where pedorthists come in.

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Shop Talk

Fabricating a Dynamic Test Orthosis
By Justin Eitel


In most cases, you would not fabricate a definitive lower-limbprosthesis without first making a check socket. The same principleapplies to orthotic devices. With stance-control KAFOs,it is just as important to verify the fit and function beforepro...

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Education Outlook

Recipe for a Master’s Program from Scratch
By Joshua B. Utay, MEd, CPO


Part 3 in our exclusive coverage of the development of the master of science in orthotics and prosthetics at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. People and Stuff O&P specializes in the precarious intersectionof people and "stuff"-prostheti...

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Face to Face

Joe Shamp, CPO


Joe Shamp followed in his father's footsteps to pursue acareer in O&P-one that has included private practice,active involvement in the American Board for Certificationin Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABC)and the American Orthotic & Prosthet...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs: Prosthetic Medicare audits and billing for shoe inserts for patients who have undergone toe amputation
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 prosthetic Medicare audits and billing for...

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Viewpoint

What a Year! What a Decade!
By Tonja Randolph


I write this at the close of a heated 2012 presidentialelection and a narrow victory for President BarackObama. Regardless of the election outcome, thisyear's contest holds special significance for my husbandRob and me, as it was our daughter Ashl...

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EDGE Direct

O&Pedia: Humanitarian O&P Organizations


Listed below are just a few of the many O&P organizations offering services to those in developing countries. Look for more coverage in our January issue of The O&P EDGE . A Leg to Stand On: altso.org A Let to Stand On (ALTSO) is a nonprofit org...

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EDGE Direct

Evolution’s Custom Origin Silicone Liner


EDGE Direct Origin liners are created from an advanced medical grade silicone formula naturally compatible with human tissue and resistant to fluids and bacteria. Origin liners never reduce in strength or thickness and remain fresh and odor free...

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