What's New in Shoe and Orthotics Technology - November 2013

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What's New in Shoe and Orthotics Material Technology
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


When it comes to at-risk feet, a good shoe can make a big difference. For some, the right shoe can help bridge the gap from a wheelchair to walking. For others, the proper shoe might help with circulation enough to keep them from losing a foot or...

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Restoring Balance: Special Considerations when Treating the Geriatric Foot
By Miki Fairley


In robe and slippers, Jean, 80, was preparing her breakfast when a sudden slip sent her falling to the floor. She knew she was injured but was not in much pain. Unable to get up, with both her cell and landline phones out of reach, she spent hours...

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Partial-Foot Amputation and Its Unexpected Evidence
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


Research takes a long time. The process requires a research team to design an experiment, secure funding, recruit study subjects, analyze the data, and push its findings through the time-consuming process of peer review before the published study...

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Target Practice: Marketing Your Pedorthic Business
By Doug Chartier and Karen Henry


Are you taking a scattershot approach to your pedorthic marketingprogram, or are you targeting your market with a single shot? Marketing a pedorthic business does not need to be anall-or-nothing proposition. With an intelligently focused marketing...

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Better Business

The Impact of the ACA on Pedorthic Practices
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) moving towardimplementation in January, pedorthic expertshave been trying to gauge the impact the newlaw will have on their profession. In truth,they still aren't quite sure what it will mean,and that is an uncom...

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Today’s Consumer

Scott Martin: Soccer Coach Battles Back from Flesh-Eating Disease
By Betta Ferrendelli


Photographs courtesy of Scott Martin. The last memories Scott Martin has of himself from July 1993were as a healthy, strong, 35-year-old collegiate soccer coach,who was in the best shape of his life. Several days before, he hadbeen playing a casua...

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Industry Leader

Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


In Irish poet Séamus Heaney's 1995 Nobel Prize acceptance speech,he reflected that his career "became a journey where each pointof arrival...turned out to be a stepping stone rather than a destination."He and Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed, see...

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Stepping Out

Pes Cavus: Treating the High Arched Foot
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


"Think of the magic of that foot, comparatively small, upon which your whole weight rests.It's a miracle, and the dance is a celebration of that miracle." -Martha Graham Although much of our time is spentaddressing the symptoms and pathologiesof...

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Perspective

Expanding the Pedorthic Scope of Practice
By Jay Zaffater, CPed, BOCPD


What is a pedorthist? This question not only intrigues other allied healthcare professionals, but even the professionals and certified pedorthists who compose the Pedorthic Footcare Association (PFA) board of directors. Perhaps the answer can be f...

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Shop Talk

Fabricating a Carbon Ankle Seven
By Justin Eitel


Fabricating an Ottobock Carbon Ankle Seven (17CF1) presents a challenge: getting a standardized, dynamic component to fit within a custom orthosis. However, incorporating the Carbon Ankle Seven into an orthosis doesn't require any new skills. You...

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Face to Face

Dennis W. Dillard, CPed, CTO


High school band teacher turned computer programmer turned O&P professional, Dennis W. Dillard, CPed,CTO, says he finds volunteering to be one of the most satisfying aspects of his career. His volunteerismbegan in 2006 with the Board for Certifica...

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Got FAQs?

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 and accurate information when preparing your claims. This month's column addresses your questions about using DX code 727.66 when b...

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Industry Review - Conferences

AOPA 2013 World Congress
By Andrea Spridgen


To the theme of "A Whole New World," more than 2,000 members of the O&P community from 43 countries convened September 18-21 for the 2013 American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) World Congress in Orlando, Florida, for four days of educat...

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Viewpoint

Keeping Us on Our Feet
By Andrea Spridgen


Having spent many hours in dance studioswhile completing a college dance minor, I havea deep understanding of the necessity of properfoot care. I put my feet through the rigors ofdance training, often while wearing ballet slippers,pointe shoes, or...

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Online Exclusive

Endolite Echelon Stands Out in Independent Study


The Endolite echelon hydraulic ankle system was a stand out in an independent study that compared it to energy-storing fixed ankle/feet.

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