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The History Of The Orthotic And Prosthetic Professions
Nov

22

2017

The History Of The Orthotic And Prosthetic Professions

The origin of orthotic and prosthetic practice is traceable back to ancient times. The first orthotic craftsmen applied leather, textiles and the metals at their disposal to splint-making and bone-setting. The earliest prosthetists emerged from mankind’s physical and spiritual need for functional and cosmetic wholeness in response to limb loss in battle or an accident or a congenital absence. Evidence exists of prosthetic limbs being...

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Knee Disarticulation – Prosthetic Pros And Cons
Oct

27

2017

Knee Disarticulation – Prosthetic Pros And Cons

Joint disarticulation at the knee, ankle and hip level ranks with the more controversial practices of amputation and prosthetic management. Knee disarticulation has been an option for more than 180 years and offers many benefits, but because the procedure also elicits design and cosmetic challenges, surgeons and patients more often opt for a higher level (and usually less-functional) transfemoral amputation. Thus, knee disarticulations have been...

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Developing The Prosthetic Prescription
Oct

27

2017

Developing The Prosthetic Prescription

The impressive advances of prosthetic materials and designs in recent years have significantly changed the way prosthetic limb prescriptions are created. Gone are the days when the construction of a new prosthesis was primarily determined by the amputation level. With today’s medical-surgical capabilities for extending life, the many componentry options available, and our existing reimbursement climate, it is important that those involved in a new...

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First Line Of Defense For Diabetic Feet
Oct

10

2017

First Line Of Defense For Diabetic Feet

Diabetes has appropriately been described as a public health problem of epidemic proportions in the United States. More than 25 percent of the estimated 23.6 million people with diabetes in the U.S. will develop significant foot problems. People with diabetes are prone to peripheral neuropathy and may have essentially no sensation in their feet. As a result, tissues already overly susceptible to poor circulation, infection...

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Vacuum Socket Suspension Comes Of Age For Prosthetic Patients
Oct

09

2017

Vacuum Socket Suspension Comes Of Age For Prosthetic Patients

Nothing is more important to an amputee wearing a prosthetic leg than keeping the prosthesis firmly anchored to the residual limb. The more the residuum moves around inside the socket, the less effective the ambulation, the greater the stress on limb tissues, and the higher the chance the limb will come off entirely, often precipitating a fall. With conventional suspension methods (atmospheric suction, pin, anatomic,...

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