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The Credentialed Orthotist – Why It’s Important When Fitting Your Orthotics
Mar

26

2017

The Credentialed Orthotist – Why It’s Important When Fitting Your Orthotics

  Orthotist is defined as – A health care professional specifically educated and trained to manage comprehensive orthotic patient care, including patient assessment, treatment plan formulation and implementation, follow-up and practice management. The term “professional,” regardless of the field, elicits certain expectations – advanced, specialized education; demonstrated skill; proven experience. Professionals are measured by specific standards that help define their capabilities and proficiency for those...

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Diabetic Foot Wound Care Goes Digital
Mar

26

2017

Diabetic Foot Wound Care Goes Digital

  Digital technology, already revolutionizing health care around the world, is poised to transform diabetic foot wound management as well. Individuals with diabetes experience a much higher risk of lower-limb amputation than non-diabetics, and a non-healing foot ulcer precedes a large majority of those amputations. Once an ulceration develops in an insensate foot, a frequent response is to provide a custom ankle-foot orthosis to offload...

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Limb Attachment Alternative
Mar

26

2017

Limb Attachment Alternative

Of the various ingredients that comprise a current-generation prosthetic limb, the point of connection to the human anatomy, the socket, is often considered the most problematic. Various issues involving the residual limb – skin infections and ulcerations, volume changes, perspiration, skin grafts, scarring, a short limb remnant and abnormal bone formation near the amputation site – present significant challenges to a positive outcome. Continuing innovation...

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How Prosthetic Limbs Stay Attached – Suspension
Mar

18

2017

How Prosthetic Limbs Stay Attached – Suspension

Creating a prosthetic socket involves two major decisions: (1) the assembly and shape of the socket itself and (2) the method by which the prosthesis is held onto the residual limb, i.e. the suspension. More than any other aspect of prosthetics, socket assembly and suspension strategy usually spell the difference between prosthetic success and the closet. Suction Suspension For appropriate patients, using an atmospheric vacuum...

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Wearing Prosthetics In The Summer
Mar

17

2017

Wearing Prosthetics In The Summer

Warm weather brings opportunities for getting out of the house, experiencing the great outdoors, taking a break from the same-old routine and just enjoying life more. With some minor accommodations, these attributes can apply to people with limb loss every bit as much as anyone else. Recreational Prostheses There is little reason why most otherwise-healthy amputees cannot participate in popular activities of summer – swimming,...

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