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Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp

WillowWood invited our friends at the Amputee Coalition to be our guest blogger and share information about their Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp, something near and dear to WillowWood and our staff. To apply as a camper or a counselor or to make a donation towards the camp, visit the Amputee Coalition’s website. Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp Continue reading…

Best Foot Forward: How To Select The Right Prosthetic Foot

With all of the options available today, trying to determine the best prosthetic foot can be overwhelming. The first step each person should take is to think less about finding the “best” foot and more about finding the “right” foot. There isn’t one “best” foot out there. Rather, the “best” foot is the foot that Continue reading…

Road Trip to Socket Bliss

WillowWood’s guest blogger this month is Kevin Bidwell, CP, BOCO, of Precision Orthotics & Prosthetics in Las Vegas. Thank you Kevin for sharing your experiences with the WillowWood One System as both a user and a clinician! Hi, my name is Kevin Bidwell.   I am an active left transfemoral amputee of 25 years.  I was Continue reading…

More and Less Lead to Good DESIGN

Less is more. More or less. Why choose? Can’t you have both more and less? Yes! Alpha DESIGN® Liners, prosthetically speaking, eliminate the need for clinicians to choose between more and less. With the release of Alpha DESIGN Liners in 2005 more control was put in the hands of clinicians to design liners from the Continue reading…

Creative Design of Custom Liners

Ten years ago, WillowWood introduced Alpha DESIGN® Liners to allow practitioners to specify the thickness and placement of gel within an Alpha® Liner. That initial offering of Alpha DESIGN Liners focused on amputees with uniquely-shaped limbs who could not wear off-the-shelf liners to experience the comfort of Alpha gel. As clinicians have become more and Continue reading…

New Zealand and Australia OMEGA® Training Tour

This month’s blogger is Clinical Support Prosthetist Jennifer Dowell, CPO/LPO. After WillowWood released completely new and renovated OMEGA software, I traveled to New Zealand and Australia to work with WillowWood’s distribution partner in that part of the world, Masson’s Healthcare, to provide training and support. Owner Anton Karak and I-En Lim from Masson’s office in Continue reading…

Developing a Master’s of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics to Tackle the New and Ever-Changing Healthcare Environment

This month’s guest blogger, W. Lee Childers PhD MSPO CP from the Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics at Alabama State University, writes about the challenge of establishing a Master’s program in P&O. Today’s healthcare environment is more comprehensive, complex and dynamic than ever before.  We are treating more complicated patients with ever tightening budgets. Third-party Continue reading…

Vacuum 101

You may have heard of a vacuum socket…or elevated vacuum…or vacuum suspension…or a vacuum-assisted socket… and wondered what these terms mean. Actually, they all refer to a socket with a vacuum pump that removes air from the space between the prosthetic liner and the socket. Removing the air creates what is called “negative pressure” that Continue reading…

Differences between liner interface materials

We are often asked what are appropriate applications of thermoplastic elastomer liners and silicone liners and if there are any long term effects on residual limbs from liners? So our clinicians chatted and here is what counsel they had to share. Alpha® Liners were introduced in 1996 and have proven to be very skin-friendly for Continue reading…

The Tangibles & Intangibles of Quality Patient Care

This month we welcome BOC as our guest blogger to highlight the human side of the prosthetist-patient relationship. Since BOC is a credentialing organization, it may seem logical to conclude that BOC focuses solely on the tangible aspects of orthotics and prosthetics – like training, exams, and continuing education. Although all these things are important, Continue reading…

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