The Pedorthic Issue - November 2016

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Happy Birthday HIPAA


The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) turns 20 this year. Enacted in 1996, HIPAA establishes national standards regarding the security and privacy of patients' medical records and other private health information (PHI) an...

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Keeping Feet Healthy and Fashion Forward: The Intersection of Function and Style in Your Pedorthic Retail Business
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


In a world of instant gratificationwith hundreds of options availablefor almost any product on themarket, pedorthic retail businesseshave to work harder than ever todeliver comfort, style, and service totheir customers. While expectationsmay be hi...

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How Much Is Enough? The Orthotic Management of Idiopathic Toe Walking
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


Toe walking can be associated with a number of comorbid diagnoses. Children with cerebral palsy, certain myopathies, and autism may adopt this gait pattern. However, this presentation also occurs in cases where these diagnoses have been ruled out...

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Safe Socks: What Your Mother Never Told You
By Judith Philipps Otto


Ignored, neglected, and often abused, our feet help us soldier through an inhospitable world of obstacles and challenges, dependent largely on our socks as a first line of defense for health, healing, and protection. From therapeutic compression t...

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Perspective

The Journey to Kijabe
By Jerald Cunningham, CPO


Clubfoot is one of the most common birth defects. Two hundred thousand babies are born with clubfoot each year, and left untreated, they will be subjected to a life of pain and disability. The Ponseti method is the standard treatment globally.

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Stepping Out

An Overview of Mechanical Knee Pain
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


The knee is the largest and strongest joint in the body, consisting of the distal femur, the proximal end of the tibia, and the patella. The ends of these three bones are covered with cartilage that protects and cushions them as the knee bends and...

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Extraordinary O&P

Faced With MS, Jill Walsh Rolls With the Changes
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


The biking leg of triathlons was Jill Walsh's least favorite aspect of the event, which may surprise some given the name she has since made for herself in the sport of paracycling. The 53-year-old former runner turned triathlete became one of the...

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On Topic

Frequently Discussed Medicare Tips and Reminders
By Erin Cammarata


It seems not a day goes by that I do not receive a phone call regardinga Medicare regulatory issue. I would like to review a few frequentlydiscussed topics, along with tips and reminders, that you might findhelpful, whether you are a new or season...

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Industry Review - Consumer

Cybathlon 2016: Breaking Barriers With Assistive Technology


A LEG race competitor demonstrates his ability to sit and stand repeatedly. Photograph courtesy of ETH Zurich/Alessandro Della Bella . After more than two years of hype, the Cybathlon-a new competitiondesigned to showcase the capabilitiesof roboti...

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Industry Review - Conferences

AOPA 2016: Lighting the Future
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


On the cusp of a centennial celebration, the 99th National Assembly of the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) was held September 8-11 in Boston. More than 2,200 O&P professionals and allied healthcare colleagues convened for educati...

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Cute Shoes, Comfort, and Combining the Two
By Andrea Spridgen


When I was in my late teens and early 20s, I selected leisure footwear primarily on the basis of its attractiveness. I did own practical shoes-having spent those years in Colorado and Minnesota, known for their cold, snowy winters-but a good amoun...

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