The Future of Fitters: What’s in Store for Fitter Education and the Fitter Profession?
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel
In August 2015, the National Commissionon Orthotic and ProstheticEducation (NCOPE) announcedthat its board approved limitingits focus only to higher learning andeducation accreditation activities at thepost-secondary level. For that reason,NCOPE d...
Accelerating Outcomes Measurement in Clinical Practice With Fitbit
By Allie Cerutti, BSBE, MPO
IT'S A WORLD OF WEARABLES Wearable sensors, or wearables, seem to be everywherethese days. The concept of using wearables for personal healthtracking has become commonplace. Previously, we had to rely onhealth and fitness professionals to obtain i...
DPM: Direct Prosthetic Measurement
By Edward S. Neumann, PhD, PE, CP, FAAOP
DPM Defined Direct prosthetic measurement (DPM) isthe direct measurement of the forces andmoments relevant to prosthetic fitting ina clinic. 1,2 It is not based on indirect gaitlaboratory measurements, which rely oninverse dynamics for an estimate...
Prosthetic Sockets/Interfaces: The Next Frontier for Outcomes-Based Research
By Andrew Pedtke, MD; Kathleen Gallagher, MPH; and Ranjit Steiner, BA
The environment for prosthetics-driven research has seen momentum and an increase in funding opportunities over the past five years. Advancements in power feet and knees,and the utilization of 3D printing have catapulted the industry into mainstre...
Final Rule Establishes Prior Authorization for Orthotics and Prosthetics
By Peter W. Thomas, JD, and Steven Postal, JD
--> Introduction This issue of The O&P EDGE focuseson O&P education and outcomes.Good education will lead to high-qualitycare, and being able to measureoutcomes will help demonstrate theevidence base for O&P clinical practice.Both will have a...
ACADEMY SOCIETY SPOTLIGHT: Negative Media Portrayal of Characters With Amputations
By Lisa Abernethy
Social Interactions After Limb Loss Being treated like everyone else and being accepted by friends and family are important to the emotional well-being of the person who has suffered limb loss. However, people living with limb loss often have nega...
Chris Reyes: For Gunshot Survivor, Attitude Is Everything
By Tara McMeekin
When Chris Reyes woke up in the hospital in January 2015, the prognosis looked grim. A bullet he had taken to the lower back during an attempted robbery in his hometown of East Chicago, Indiana, had left the then-22-year-old paralyzed from the wai...
Firsthand Tips to Improve the Residency Experience
By Nina Bondre, MPO
Being a resident at an O&P facility has been exciting. I have had the opportunity to see real-world applications of the clinical and technical knowledge I gained while pursuing my master's degree in O&P and have been further educated by experts in...
Lateral Ankle Instability
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed
Lateral ankle sprains are among the most common sports injuries and account for a significant percentage of time lost due to injuries. Athletes returning to activity too soon after a severe ankle sprain may be at risk for longer-term ankle instabi...
I Use Staples
By Tony Wickman, CTPO
I use staples-it's true. And I have for years. One of the first tasks I was entrusted with in my earliest days in O&P wasmold modifications.
Considerations When Treating People With Bilateral Upper-Limb Amputations
By Ryan Spill, CP/L
One of the most challenging clinical presentations for a prosthetist is apatient with bilateral upper-limb loss or absence. Of the myriad upper-limbprosthetic componentry available, how can the prosthetist be surethat his or her prescription recom...
Site Seeing in O&P
By Erin Cammarata
The challenging compliance environment in which the O&P profession operates presents many situations that may cause you to second guess the accuracy of your compliance processes. At CBS, we often get phone calls from people with questions about co...
The Young Professional’s Guide to the World of O&P
By John Pope, MS, MSPO, CSCS
This is the first installment in a series of articles in which Ichronicle my transition from student to resident, and fromresident to O&P professional. I'm learning as I go, but hopefullymy trial and error can help someone else along the way. What...
Face to Face
John Reynolds, CPO
Reynolds and a patient. John Reynolds, CPO, started his O&P career in 1973,graduated from Clayton State University, and earnedcertificates in orthotics and prosthetics from NorthwesternUniversity. He served on the board of directors of the America...
Industry Review - Conferences
Kaua’i, The Garden Isle—Home of Pac Rim 2016
The 2016 Pacific Rim (Pac Rim)conference was held at the Kaua'iMarriott Resort, January 22-24.The event was hosted by the U.S.National Member Society of the InternationalSociety for Prosthetics andOrthotics (US ISPO), which welcomedmore than 100 a...
By Andrea Spridgen
We all have our own way of measuring success-personaland professional-whether it's earning a specificdegree, developing skills such as painting or dancing,or landing a dream job. You and the O&P patients youtreat also have your own ways of measuri...
Prosthetic Advancement Helps Amputee Enjoy Life Again
Josh Green has been an amputee almost his entire life. Born with his tibia, fibula, and femur fused together, he underwent a transfemoral amputation when he was only four years old. After being fitted with a pediatric prosthesis, he adapted quickly, and less than a year later was playing T-ball with his peers.
Just in Time for the Academy Annual Meeting: Sessions Sneak Peeks
To enhance your experience at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists' (the Academy's) 2016 Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium, being held March 9-12 in Orlando, Florida, this Online Exclusive presents additional details about several sessions to take you beyond the program.
The Value of Fitters
An article in the March issue of The O&P EDGE explored the value of certified orthotic, mastectomy, and therapeutic shoe fitters to the O&P profession. This edition of EDGE Direct includes expanded insight about the value of fitters from O&P experts.
Moisture Management for Amputees With New Breathable Liner from Endolite
Buildup of warmth and moisture in the liner and socket—leading to loss of connection, unwanted socket movement, and potential skin damage—are well known issues for amputees. Endolite’s new Silcare Breathe prosthetic liners feature laser-drilled perforations to allow moisture and air to escape, offering improved comfort and control for amputees.
No more static socket shape. No more hard ischial seat. No more loss of suction.
We've reinvented sockets from the
ground up. Using our NASA-based
hammock-fit technology, the Socketless
Socket truly conforms to the user,
providing a custom-fit socket every time
you put it on.
Fitting a socket is now micro-adjustable
in real-time, eliminating the
antiquated casting, modification, and
iterative test socket fitting methods from
View the free Socket-less Socket
training below at MartinBionics.com.
Pediatric and adult models
The Downhill Racer was developed
over three years of design and testing
that focused on providing hand-absent
skiers with improved two-handed
Features and benefits include:
- Snap-in and pop-out pole action for safety and convenience, in right- and left-hand models
- Preflexed pole angle
- Solid, flexible, high-performance polyurethane construction
- Fits 5/8 in. (about 1.6cm) diameter poles, and is modifiable to other diameters
- Applicable for Nordic poles and hiking sticks too
- Multiple flexibilities are available to meet specific age, weight, and performance criteria for custom tuning to the user
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Tidwell's Charcot Restraint Orthotic Walker is
available in standard black with a removable
Plastazote insert, a full interface lining,
standard rocker sole, and DACRON back
straps attached with copper rivets.
Tidwell's Orthotics is offering the CROW with
a turnaround of 5-7 days at an incredible price.
Our accommodative foot orthotics are specially designed for patients with foot deformities. We offer a variety of materials for foot conditions such as neuropathy, Charcot foot, edema, or amputation; or conditions resulting from health issues like obesity, diabetes, sports injuries, or heart conditions. Custom-made foot orthotics provide support and relief wherever necessary. Apis provides you with a free 3D camera to eliminate impressions or casting-now it's just a push of a button. Fulfill all of your pedorthic needs under one roof. Call our friendly customer service representatives for more information or free samples.
Apis Footwear Co.
To make room for new arrivals, SPS is running a clearance special on Cool Blue Prosthetic Socks. The Cool Blue socks are cool, comfortable, durable, and now available for up to 20% off.
Features and benefits include:
- Closed distal end and reinforced distal end options
- One-, three-, five-, and six-ply
- Can be trimmed to fit without unraveling.
Elevated vacuum systems typically require a
sleeve to maintain vacuum. The problem is
that sleeves are bulky and bunch behind the
knee, restricting range of motion. They can
also puncture, leading to a loss of vacuum.
Building on established Seal-In®
technology, the Unity Sleeveless Vacuum
System by Össur® is the first elevated
vacuum solution to generate 15-22 inHg of
vacuum without a sleeve.
Visit www.ossur.com/unity3 to learn
how to get certified, and check out the
entire line of Unity-compatible Flex-Foot®
feet, including low-activity, low-profile, and microprocessor solutions.
Introducing the new RUSH Kid™ pediatric foot. Built kid-tough, the
RUSH Kid pediatric foot can handle even the most extreme low- or
high-clearance patient. Run, jump, and play-the ultralow profile
build delivers the most dynamic energy return and smooth rollthrough
of any pediatric foot on the market today. Mud, water, and
sand are no problem! The all-terrain RUSH Kid was built with active
kids in mind. Say goodbye to broken carbon feet! The next generation
of RUSH Rebels has just arrived. Now available in sizes 19-21cm. Visit
rushfoot.com below for more information.
The Freedom Agilix™ is a multiaxial, shock-absorbing, flexible foot system designed to manage loading impacts, reduce socket shear forces, and improve comfort while walking on nearly any terrain. The ultra-lightweight design offers low-impact K3 ambulators shockingly comfortable performance at a value like no other. Learn more about the Agilix on our website.
The Camber Axis Hinge® provides an adjustable
range-of-motion ankle joint with anatomical
axis alignment that can be used in thermoplastic
orthoses. Equipped with seven different color-coded
range-of-motion keys, the Camber Axis
Hinge eliminates the need for posterior stop
mechanisms. The Camber Axis Hinge is available
in three sizes with a new, optional black non-corrosive
For more information about the Camber Axis
Hinge and other Becker products, please contact
our customer service department or visit our
U.S. Patent No. 5,542,774
Consummate style, superior comfort, and industry-leading construction showcase this new collection of Apex footwear. Each pair is meticulously crafted with the highest quality materials and designed for agility and ultimate durability.
Apex is proud to offer this new collection while continuing its long tradition of manufacturing the finest foot health products available on the market today.
Apex Foot Health Industries
Formulated with the ALPS GripGel, the new SFB seamless suspension sleeve provides superior comfort with a single-piece construction. The SFB sleeve features a new, black knitted fabric that allows the user excellent freedom of knee flexion. This new sleeve seals with the skin without restricting circulation, while the GripGel sticks to the patient's skin without causing shear forces. With a thinner profile of 2mm, the SFB is an ideal choice for those concerned about bulk.
Our state-of-the-art prosthetic central fabrication department offers a wide range of prosthetic fabrication options. Our lead technician is experienced in the fabrication of double-wall sockets, which increase the lever arm and linkage for better prosthesis control for people with transfemoral amputations. For more information and pricing, call or visit our website.
Friddle's Orthopedic Appliances
The Raptor Sky Hook is the first commercially available prosthetic
terminal device for both indoor and outdoor rock climbing recreations.
The Raptor was designed with input and field testing by Jon Sedor,
a nationally recognized, one-handed
climber. The Raptor is slim and strong
with multiple functional features that
- A solid titanium plate support body and stainless wrist adaptor system
- A friction-adjustable rocking action hook that adapts to various approach angles
- Three replaceable, recyclable tips (two polyurethane and one shapeable brass)
- Lightweight (about 6 oz. or 170g)
- Universal handedness
Available in limited quantities now!
A custom-fit brace in just 30 minutes
Introducing the first prefabricated AFO that can be fully customized and formed to the patient to provide functional stabilization of the ankle-foot complex and address bony abnormalities, chronic instability, and post-trauma rehabilitation.
The Exos™ Free Motion Ankle presents a new orthopedic choice with a treatment option that is moldable, reformable, removable, and adjustable. This leading-edge treatment uses revolutionary technology, allowing a clinician to custom fit a brace within 30 minutes-minimizing time and cost while providing immediate results for the patient.
WillowWood is the only manufacturer offering liners that have a range of interface materials and profiles that retrofit with each other, allowing an amputee to use the same socket with different liners.
The key to retrofitting is the liner profile. The transtibial Uniform profile is offered in hybrid gel and our silicone blended with Outlast® heat management technology. The transtibial Progressive and transfemoral Symmetrical profiles are offered in hybrid gel, silicone, and
silicone with Outlast. The benefit of retrofitting liners is that clinicians and patients can avoid the time-consuming and costly process of creating multiple sockets.
Transfer patterns are available for customization of orthoses, straps, and other orthotic applications. Personalizing a device can allow for greater acceptance and a happier, more satisfied patient. We offer heavy and standard transfer paper.
Heavy transfer paper performs well on larger thermoplastic sheets, and offers less opportunity for wrinkling, tearing, and flyaways, and less disruption of patterns during the application process. The variety of patterns and colors are perfect for children and adults. Standard transfer paper is available in several patterns and solid colors.
Curbell Plastics acquired American Plastics in 2012 and O&P Enterprises in 2014.
Curbell O&P - a division of Curbell Plastics
A recent distributor study revealed practitioners
prefer PEL over competitors for many reasons. The
study asked practitioners to rate the major O&P
distributors on service, greatest overall value, and
Practitioners rated PEL as the distributor that
provides the greatest overall value of service and price. They also rated
PEL significantly higher in service, products, and website dimensions.
Based on these results, we can say with confidence that practitioners
view PEL as the leading O&P distributor.
If you are looking for a better relationship with your distributor, try
PEL. You will find our website and personal service second to none.
College Park's Sidekicks™ are the first adjustable stubbie feet for people with bilateral, transtibial amputations. With natural anatomical ankle motion, Sidekicks flex and plant in real-world environments for ultimate balance and stability. The feet encourage muscle activity to assist in the rehabilitation process, which is especially helpful when the goal is to transition to microprocessor knees. Also sold as a single unit and certified safe for water use, the Sidekicks can be used by unilateral amputees for adaptive sports, like surfing or rock climbing. See the Sidekicks in action at www.youtube.com/collegeparkind.
College Park Industries
Why make the transition to BOC? Award-winning customer service, nationally recognized credentials, and a user-friendly website are just a few of the benefits of choosing BOC. As your credentialing partner, we provide accreditation for your O&P facility at a discounted rate, individual certification, and ongoing support-all under one roof.
Plus, it's easy and free! Make the transition to BOC for accreditation or certification for no up-front cost. Visit our booth at the Academy Annual Meeting or contact us at . We're with you every step of the way.
Board of Certification/Accreditation
Patients experience greater fit, function, and freedom with
Orthomerica's new Fuzion™ line of custom orthoses. The Fuzion's
design and materials ensure greater patient compliance for a variety of
challenging clinical indications. Available for select adult and pediatric
- Proprietary, heat-adjustable plastic makes patient management much easier (versus traditional orthoses)
- New treatment options for patients historically not candidates for orthotic intervention and management
- Fuzion's compression design holds the patient in a secure, comfortable position while assisting with spasticity management.
- Accommodates volume changes
Winner of the 2015 Spine Technology Award
This innovative new concept in bracing from Aspen is the only brace specifically designed for adults with scoliosis.
It has been shown to:
- Significantly relieve pain
- Increase mobility
- Promote better posture
- Improve the quality of life
Aspen Medical Products
medi USA is proud to announce its third and latest addition to the innovative Panthera family of feet with the new Panthera CF III-providing dynamic and smooth walking for the K3 amputee.
Features and benefits include:
- Plug-and-play adjustable heel for ease of use
- Excellent multiaxial compliance via integrated carbon and elastomer layers
- Pivoting dynamics mimic ankle motion
- Comfortable heel strike
- Fluid rollover and dynamic toe-off due to innovative, continuous carbon spring technology
- Available in beige, light brown, and dark brown
A U.S. Department of Defense grant, awarded to Motion Control, Salt Lake City, Utah, funded development of a new Electric Terminal Device (ETD) and wrist system. For many in U.S. military hospitals, the ETD is the first-choice hand replacement for function and versatility. The ETD is the only
device that achieves true resistance against water, dirt, dust, and grease.
The next-generation ETD is in field trials, and should be available for pre-order in late spring 2016.
Motion Control, a Fillauer Company
Having a component inventory available in your facility does not make our product OTS. A VertAlign Spinal Support System is custom fit, requiring
the clinical and biomechanical expertise of an orthotist to select the correct front and back shells from the 550 different size, shape, and lordosis- and kyphosis-possible configurations. The orthotist's professional skills are needed to select, adjust, and apply the components that meet the patient's unique anatomical spinal support needs. We provide components and product training. You provide clinical judgement and professional skills.
- Now available in four sizes!
- Call us today to learn more about our new i-limb™ quantum.
Visit us at the Academy, booth #1120 and 1122.
The MultiMotion contracture management Corrective and Free Motion joints are now available with integrated uprights. Choose proximal and distal straight uprights or T-bar with proximal straight uprights and distal 12mm or 22mm offset. Low-profile Corrective joints offer ROM and tension force control plus a unique locking lever arm that locks the orthosis into virtually any position for easy patient application. One joint allows you to create a customized orthosis to meet flexion or extension control requirements-just flip the internal housing spring.
The Silcare Breathe silicone liner allows moisture to escape. Unique moisture management results in drier skin, helps reduce the damaging effects of friction, and improves comfort and control.
Features and benefits include:
- Stretch zones: Seamless technology provides bidirectional stretch, improving comfort and contouring, and reducing shear force as it flexes.
- Laser-drilled perforations: Optimally sized pores distributed uniformly along the length and distal end of the liner permit the escape of air and moisture.
- Tendresse finish: A lower coefficient of friction than standard silicone reduces shear stress on the skin.
From your home, complete the first two quarters (6 months) and final quarter (3 months) of the NUPOC 21-month MPO. Spend four quarters (12 months) in mentored practicum at NUPOC, building P&O skills by working with people who have neuromusculoskeletal impairments. NUPOC graduates are eligible for NCOPE residencies and P&O certification examinations. The NUPOC MPO prepares you to become a proficient clinician, deliver comprehensive P&O services, integrate research into clinical practice, and contribute to the P&O profession. NUPOC accepts candidates on a rolling admissions basis.
Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center
Feinberg School of Medicine
A complete system for cost-effective automation in facilities of all sizes.
Scan, modify, carve, and thermoform. The cordless S1 Scanner allows fast, accurate 3D shape capture with unmatched
ease of use and at low cost. Newly released ProvelCAD modification software is easy to use and template based. The C7 Carver is not only fast and precise, its self-contained dust collection system is extremely quiet. The T7 Thermoformer, now with IR sensing, consistently produces high-quality thermoplastic sockets from industry-standard preforms. Compatible with AOP, OBJ, and STL files.
Visit us at the Academy, booth #175.