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…

Helping Amputees in a Simple Way

As a manufacturer of prosthetic products, we frequently receive calls and e-mails from either amputees themselves or from someone who has an amputee in their family about what they can do with old prostheses. The prostheses could be from young amputees who have outgrown them or could have been used by a loved one who Continue reading…

Of Cookies and Terminator Legs

This month, our friend Judith reflects on her experience as a mom who also happens to be an amputee. I remember quite distinctly when my family doctor answered my question about getting pregnant. I was nineteen years old and recovering from the car accident that caused the amputation of both legs below the knees. I 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…

Amputee Profile: Kevin Johnson

With all of the excitement over the Paralympics this summer, several of our recent blog posts focused on athletes. While their stories are fascinating, we know that there are also plenty of interesting stories out there among the rest of us who aren’t likely to find ourselves on a medal stand. Here is one of 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…

Fueling our Favorite Athletes: Part 4

Stefanie Reid: Protien, carbs, & oatmeal, oh my!  We’ve had such a fun time sharing healthy and tasty recipes and menus from athletes sponsored by WillowWood! We hope you enjoyed reading about foods that help fuel these guys during their training and prior to competitions.   Stefanie Reid is one busy lady! When Stefanie isn’t Continue reading…

Fueling Our Favorite Athletes: Part 3

Brent Kuemmerle: Power-Up the Vegan Way We’re sharing some healthy (and yummy) recipes from athletes sponsored by WillowWood that help fuel them during their training and prior to competitions. Dig in!   When there isn’t snow in Tahoe, you can probably find Brent out rock climbing. But when the snow is flying…you’ll have to look Continue reading…

Fueling Our Favorite Athletes: Part 2

Daphne Hegreness: A Smooth Mover We’re sharing some healthy (and yummy) recipes and menus from athletes sponsored by WillowWood that help fuel them during their training and prior to competitions. Enjoy! Daphne Hegreness is training for the 2012 Paralympics in London and also has her sights set on the 2016 Paralympics in Rio. Her next Continue reading…

Fueling our Favorite Athletes: Part 1

Brent Clemens Canadian Power-Up Excitement is building for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. The games start in less than 100 days! Keys to performing well in competition include training, good equipment, and healthy eating. The same is true for non-athletes as well. It is especially important for amputees, because adding extra pounds can easily have Continue reading…

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