Prosthetic Management of Rotationplasty in Children
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez
Ethan Earl shows off his rotationplasty prosthesis. The U.S. Navy camouflage pattern was inspired by his father, who was a Navy helicopter mechanic.
Is Pediatric Progress in O&P Keeping Pace With Kids?
By Judith Philipps Otto
Everyone knows it's hard to keep up with kids; they outgrow clothes and interests overnight, and they seem to move at light speed in all directions at once. Keeping pace with children's needs for innovative, durable, lightweight, and appropriately...
Nonorthotic Modalities Encountered in the Management of Cerebral Palsy
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP
PERHAPS MORE THAN ANY OTHER POPULATION SEEN WITHIN ORTHOTIC PRACTICE, PATIENTS WITH CP REQUIRE TEAM MANAGEMENT. Introduction In contemplating writing an articleon the management of cerebral palsy(CP), I realized I had neglected thetopic for too...
New Legs Will Help Young Athlete Continue to Excel at Football
By Betta Ferrendelli
Calder is practicing to be his team's quarterback. Photographs courtesy of the Hodge family. Calder Hodge was born ten years ago without a fibula in either leg.But don't think for a moment that has slowed the Texas youngsterdown.
Modifying the Plaster Model of an AFO
By Alex Stein
Modifying the plaster model of an AFO is not difficult, and sinceAFOs are the most common device fabricated in most O&Pfabrication facilities, it is vital to do it right. I recommend atechnique that works well with the following types of thermopla...
Product or Service?
By Anthony J. Cappa, BS, CPO
O&P is viewed by insurers as a product-driven industry-as in, we deliverproducts to patients. But there is also a service component. Medicare requires that beneficiaries receive threemonths of follow-up care and adjustments at no cost to the patient.
Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon
Billing for O&P devices seems to get more complicated by the day. Count on Got FAQs? to help answer your toughest questions.
Industry Review - Conferences
2016 Hanger Education Fair: Reimagine
More than 850 practitioners and physicaland occupational therapists traveled to LasVegas to attend the Hanger Education Fairand National Meeting, February 1-5. Inaddition to providing continuing educationabout orthotic, prosthetic, and therapeutic...
Treating Children Like Children
By Andrea Spridgen
As any parent who has ever tried to explain to a five-year-old why he or she cannot wear a favorite pair ofshorts when it's snowing outside can attest, children are not small adults; they do not comprehend the world with the same cognitive reasoni...
Just in Time for the Annual Meeting: OTWorld Session Sneak Peeks
To enhance your experience at the OTWorld International Trade Show and World Congress, being held May 3-6 in Leipzig, Germany, this Online Exclusive presents additional details about several session presentations to take you beyond the program. We hope the details enhance your experience or provide you with more insight into the proceedings.
Trust. A Critical Part of The Patient-Practitioner Relationship
Why it is important to patient outcomes and why earning trust every day is important at PEL.
Study: Lit Review, Meta-analysis for TTA Prosthetic Interventions
Considering the cost and complexity of transtibial amputation (TTA) rehabilitation, high-quality literature should inform clinical practice. However, a team of multidisciplinary researchers said that systematic reviews (SRs) suggest this is not the case.
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.
Spinal Technology is a leading central fabricator of spinal orthoses and upper- and lower-limb orthoses and prostheses. Our ABC-certified staff orthotists and prosthetists collaborate with highly skilled, experienced technicians to provide the highest quality products, the fastest delivery time (including weekends and holidays), and unparalleled customer support in the industry.
Spinal Technology is the exclusive manufacturer of the Providence Scoliosis System, a nocturnal bracing system designed to prevent the progression of scoliosis, and the patented FlexFoam™ spinal orthoses. For more information, e-mail , call, or visit our website.
Spinal Technology Inc.
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.
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.
Introducing the next innovation in the evolution of TRS' modern, voluntary closing prehensor technology. The Grip 5 Evolution has unique 21st century graphics styling. It weighs only 9 oz. (255gm), has an aircraft aluminum and stainless internal structure, and provides an opening of more than three inches. It is custom built to customer specifications. The injection-molded outer shells are available in ten colors: black, blue (marine), blue (sky), copper metallic, dove gray, pewter metallic, purple, red, silver metallic, and yellow. The self-adhesive, replaceable inlays come in five colors and
materials. There is limited production in 2016.
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.
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.
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 the past.
View the free Socket-less Socket training below at MartinBionics.com.
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
New Knits for spring from Apex
The Apex FitLite™ Collection -the Men's Bolt and the Women's Breeze-are the ultimate in eye-catching, vibrant knit athletics. Featuring consummate style, superior comfort, and industry-leading construction, each pair is meticulously
crafted with the highest quality materials and designed for agility and ultimate durability.
For our new catalog or to place an order, call or visit our website.
Apex Foot Health Industries
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.
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
Locking flexion wrist allows for better positioning during functional tasks, such as:
- Brushing hair
- Using utensils for cooking and eating
- Fastening clothes
- Manipulating small objects
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.
BCP Group is a Nashville-based O&P management company dedicated to enhancing the viability of the independent, clinician-driven O&P practice model. Visit our website for a complete list of member clinics and to learn more about partnership opportunities.
Introducing the new Aeris Activity from Fillauer®, the first true carbon foot designed specifically for people who have Symes- and Boyd-level amputations. Nested parallel foot springs react at heel strike and work together to create a smooth transition and dynamic response when walking or running. Contact Fillauer or your preferred O&P distributor to place your order today!
RHEO KNEE 3® delivers both confidence-boosting stability and a dynamic experience for users who want to return to everyday activity. While other leading microprocessor knees still use traditional hydraulic solutions, only RHEO KNEE 3 features the highly responsive magneto-rheologic (MR) fluid technology, popularized by the aerospace, defense, and automotive industries.
This proven MR fluid makes it possible for RHEO KNEE 3 to shift almost instantaneously from the high resistance required for stability in stance phase to the low resistance needed for a dynamic, free swing phase. Request a demo today at www.ossur.com/rheoknee3.
Since its inception, Anatomical Concepts has served as a designer and manufacturer of industry-leading orthotic medical devices. We have the clinical and technical experience to customize orthoses to fit your patients' specific needs in order to deliver effective results that improve patient compliance.
The V-VAS™ KAFO system is the most common custom-made device we manufacture. We're also able to custom fabricate, modify, or refurbish our other orthoses for upper and lower limbs, utilizing many of our prefabricated ankle/foot, knee, and elbow brace designs to affordably produce any number of functional hybrid combinations for your patients.
Anatomical Concepts Inc.
The new medi footsupport Junior is a unique, customizable orthotic insole that answers many of your clinical pediatric needs in an easy-to-use prefabricated solution.
Features and benefits include:
- Deep shell heel cup for excellent support and control
- Thermoplastic material is easily heat formable
- Multilayered core for optimal guidance and support of the foot
- Slip-resistant bottom cover for a firm fit in the shoe
- Size range from toddler size 3.5 to teen size 12.5
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.
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The TARSO Clubfoot AFO is for use in the Ponseti Method of clubfoot treatment.
- Symmetrical shape for use on either foot
- Semi-rigid construction with soft lambskin lining
- Convenient, reversible hook-and-loop closures at top and bottom
- Strong, secure buckle and strap with dorsal pad to lock the foot down and hold it in place
- Rigid base plates with threaded receptacles for mounting to the Dobbs Dynamic Clubfoot Bar, Horton Click Bar, or traditional Denis Browne abduction bars
M. J. Markell Shoe Company Inc.
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 roll through
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.
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