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Keeping Prostheses Out Of The Closet – Socket Function, Comfort Largely Determine Prosthetic Success Level
Mar

16

2017

Keeping Prostheses Out Of The Closet – Socket Function, Comfort Largely Determine Prosthetic Success Level

The prosthetic socket, essential point of integration between human tissue and replacement limb, is most often also the place where degree of prosthetic success is defined. • It is the socket that accepts and transfers to the residual limb the stresses of weight-bearing, suspension and ambulation. • It is the socket that encompasses and accommodates the often irregular and tender tissues of the residual limb...

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Prosthetics And Diabetes – Keeping Diabetic Patients On Their Own Two Feet
Mar

02

2017

Prosthetics And Diabetes – Keeping Diabetic Patients On Their Own Two Feet

The occurrence of diabetes, already the leading cause of limb loss in the United States, is growing. Prosthetists, orthotists and pedorthists see more patients with diabetes than any other presenting condition. If any patient type can be described as the foundation of O&P practice in this country, it would be the older diabetic individual with peripheral sensory neuropathy. Despite decades of progress in managing the...

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The Prosthetic Process – Restored Mobility From Amputation to Ambulation
Feb

28

2017

The Prosthetic Process – Restored Mobility From Amputation to Ambulation

The diagnosis construction worker Kyle J., 38, received was troubling: MRSA, the antibiotic-resistant staph infection that can be fatal, had developed in an open sore on his left foot and spread up his leg. By the time the Type II diabetes patient (already challenged by a prior mid-metatarsal amputation of his right foot) obtained appropriate treatment, the infection was out of control, leading ultimately to...

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Mobility Technology For Amputees Pushes Forward
Feb

22

2017

Mobility Technology For Amputees Pushes Forward

The majority of orthotic and prosthetic devices today are focused on helping people overcome deficiencies of the lower extremities – ankle-foot orthoses, below-knee and above-knee prosthetic limbs, and diabetic footwear being the most prevalent. Thus it comes as no surprise that the lion’s share of O&P research and development addresses improving the mobility of amputees and individuals with various other lower-limb deficiencies. This article reports...

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Orthotics For Children And Pediatric Orthotic Applications
Feb

20

2017

Orthotics For Children And Pediatric Orthotic Applications

There are many unique aspects of providing orthotic devices to children. From a biomechanical and assembly perspective, working with young patients draws largely on the same orthotic principles and materials as with adults; indeed the spectrum of orthotic appliances includes relatively few systems designed specifically for pediatric applications. Kids present unique opportunities and challenges. The overall goals are familiar: prevention and/or correction of deformities and...

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