4 Basic Components of Prosthetic Legs

4 Basic Components of Prosthetic Legs

Prosthetic legs have come a long way in the last hundred years. From having a wooden peg to help you get around to intricate microprocessor knees, we’re truly living in wondrous times.

Today, Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions would like to break down the individual parts of a prosthetic leg and help you understand better how all the components work together:

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Gait Training Moves for a Well-Balanced Summer

Gait Training Moves for a Well-Balanced Summer

Summer feels like one beautiful, unending afternoon of baseball games, trips to the beach, and nature hikes. Tackling those grassy fields, sandy shores, and bumpy paths, however, requires heightened levels of balance that puts a lower-body prosthetic to the test. Enhance your balance to tackle any uneven terrain with these moves:

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5 Reasons Why Your Residual Limb Hurts

5 Reasons Why Your Residual Limb Hurts

It’s expected that anyone who undergoes an amputation will experience pain after the procedure. However, some people experience pain in their residual limb even after they have healed. Here are five reasons why this may be happening to you:

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New You: Adapting to Life as an Amputee

New You: Adapting to Life as an Amputee

Undergoing amputation is a difficult process. If you recently lost a limb, you will spend some time in a difficult place emotionally, mentally and physically.

However, there is hope, and it does get better. Today, we’re going to talk about how you can adapt to the “new you” as a recent amputee:

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Top Misconceptions About Your First Prosthesis

Top Misconceptions About Your First Prosthesis

As a new amputee, you’re no doubt counting down the days until you get to try on your prosthesis for the first time. And for good reason! Receiving a new arm or leg is exciting, as is the prospect of becoming more mobile.

However, we tend to see the same misconceptions crop up among new amputees regarding their first prosthesis. A few of them include:

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Employee Spotlight: Kelly Hefferan

Employee Spotlight: Kelly Hefferan

Kelly Hefferan has worked as a certified prosthetist for Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions for two years now. She enjoys her current role as a clinician and is looking forward to obtaining her second credential as an orthotist.

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Employee Spotlight: Rick Babcock

Employee Spotlight: Rick Babcock

Rick Babcock has worked as an orthotic clinical specialist with Bulow O&P for almost 4 years.  He jokes that if he could switch jobs with anyone else at Bulow, it would be Brad Gardner, “so I could know all the secrets and rule the company with an iron fist!”

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3 Ways to Succeed as an Amputee

3 Ways to Succeed as an Amputee

As a new amputee, you’ve probably received pamphlets on subjects ranging from phantom limb pain to what kind of prostheses are available to support groups. There are a few things, however, that these pamphlets don’t tell you that can set you up for greater success as an amputee. Here are a few:

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Employee Spotlight: Bob Corbett

Employee Spotlight: Bob Corbett

This month, Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions says good-bye to one of our Certified Orthotists as he enters retirement! Bob Corbett has worked with Bulow for four years. Before that, he worked for two decades with Applied Orthotics, which was acquired by Bulow.

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5 Ways to Maintain a Comfortable Prosthesis Fit

5 Ways to Maintain a Comfortable Prosthesis Fit

There are some days when you wake up and it’s just miserable to put on your prosthesis. It doesn’t want to fit right or it’s itchy or it pinches horribly.

There are a few things you can do to prevent an uncomfortable prosthesis fit, including:

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Employee Spotlight—Herman Green

Employee Spotlight—Herman Green

Herman Green, a Certified Technician and a Certified Prosthetic Assistant, has worked for Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions for five years, although he’s been in the industry for the past 24 years.

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3 Reasons Why You May Need a Custom Orthoses

3 Reasons Why You May Need a Custom Orthoses

While there are plenty of places where you can buy an off-the-shelf brace, there are certain conditions that require a specific customization in order for you to fully recover. Here are a few of the more common ones that we tend to treat at Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions:

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     Payson recently joined Bulow after a nine year stint with Hanger in Cincinnati, Ohio where he was a clinic manager and primary orthotist for the scoliosis clinic at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. He is a former business owner and the current Vice President of the Ohio Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists.  Payson Graduated cum laude from Lafayette College followed by a BS in Orthotics and Prosthetics from The University of Washington in 1994. "l was interested in a field that was hands-on, involved creative problem solving& and that offered tangible proof I was helping people and contributing positively to society. I was fortunate to be exposed to the field through a friend's family business and recognized immediately that it was a good fit."  Since entering the field, Payson has designed braces and prosthesis for people of all ages, addressing a wide variety of issues and needs including helmets, AFOS, partial foot prosthesis, back braces, Halo's, and elaborate cervical supports."l’ve learned many things over the years and continue to do so. One of the most important realizations  l've made is that people are far more complex than their conditions that require braces or prosthesis. You must really listen to your patients, become attuned to their wants as well as their needs, and, to the greatest extent possible, consider the whole person in the creative process. "Payson feels confident he has found a supportive environment at Bulow and is excited and honored to work with his patients. He and his wife, Aideen, have three children.

Payson recently joined Bulow after a nine year stint with Hanger in Cincinnati, Ohio where he was a clinic manager and primary orthotist for the scoliosis clinic at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. He is a former business owner and the current Vice President of the Ohio Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists.

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12 Things You Should Know About Diabetes and Amputation

12 Things You Should Know About Diabetes and Amputation

Whether you are currently living with diabetes or have a loved one who is diagnosed, it’s important to know the risks. While living with diabetes can be manageable, those who have the condition need to be aware of their feet and the serious problems that can occur. That’s why we offer these statistics about diabetes and amputation.

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Skin Care and Your Prosthesis

Skin Care and Your Prosthesis

As an amputee, it’s important that you maintain a healthy relationship with your skin, especially on your residual limb. An infection can prevent you from wearing your prosthesis and interrupt the active lifestyle you’ve worked to maintain

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Employee Spotlight—Matt Bulow

Employee Spotlight—Matt Bulow

Matt Bulow, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Bulow Orthotic and Prosthetic Solutions, has been here since Day One.

“It is amazing to me that we are already in the 12th year of the life of our Company,” he said.

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Employee Spotlight: Scott Moore

Employee Spotlight: Scott Moore

Scott Moore has been with Bulow Orthotic and Prosthetic Solutions for 11 years, and was one of our first employees! He is both a prosthetist and a physical therapist assistant, and would not trade his place with anyone else in the clinic.

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