Optimus Prosthetics
News and Notes for MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS June/July 2010
In This Issue
Proprio Foot Course
Optimus Academy Update
Our Calendar

Tuesday, 6/1/10
Heartland of Beavercreek'Transtibial Prosthetics'

Tuesday, 06/08/10
Piqua Manor
'Transtibial Prosthetics'

Wednesday, 06/09/10 (12pm)
'Transtibial Prosthetics'

Thursday, 6/10/10
Harborside of New Lebanon
'Transtibial Prosthetics'

Friday, 6/11/10
Grandview Rehab
'Transtibial Prosthetics'

Tuesday, 6/15/10
'Transtibial Prosthetics'

Friday, 6/18/10
Heartland of Miamisburg
'Transtibial Prosthetics'

Tuesday, 6/22/10
Good Samaritan
'Transtibial Prosthetics'

Wednesday, 6/23/10
(12 pm)
Bethany Village
'Prosthetic Overview'

Thursday, 6/24/10
Omega Laser Scanner Course at
Ohio Willow Wood
Mt Sterling, OH

Monday, 7/5/10
Office Closed for Independence Day

Wednesday, 7/7/10
(8 am)
Koester Pavilion 'Transfemoral Prosthetics'

Monday, 7/12/10
(12 pm)
Life Care Hospital 'Transtibial Prosthetics'
Tuesday, 7/13/10
(8 am)
Troy Care Center 'Transfemoral Prosthetics'
Tuesday, 7/13/10
(12 pm)
Vancrest of Eaton 'Transfemoral Prosthetics'
Wednesday, 7/14/10
(12 pm)
Riverside Nursing 'Prosthetic Overview'
Thursday, 7/15/10
(12 pm)
Greene Memorial Rehab'Transfemoral Prosthetics'
Tuesday, 7/20/10
(8 am)
Forest View
'Transfemoral Prosthetics'
Tuesday, 7/20/10
(12 pm)
Kettering Rehab 'Transfemoral Prosthetics'
Wednesday, 7/21/10
(12 pm)
Covington Care Center'Transtibial Prosthetics'
Wednesday, 7/28/10
(12 pm)
Sycamore Glen 'Transfemoral Prosthetics'

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News from Optimus that we think you'll enjoy... Proprio Clinic with Ossur (at Optimus Prosthetics) a huge success!

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John Brand_Scott Schall
Optimus Prosthetics * 8517 N. Dixie Drive * Suite 300 * Dayton OH 45414

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Proprio Foot Clinic

On May 19th, 2010, Optimus hosted a 4-hour clinic featuring Ossur's Proprio foot.  10 patient candidates participated.

Chari relax model
The main 2 pre-requisites for candidacy included:

  1. Transtibial (below knee) amputation level
  2. Functional level K3 (patient has the ability or potential for ambulation with variable cadence, typical of the community ambulator who has the ability to traverse most environmental barriers and may have vocational, therapeutic, or exercise activity that demands prosthetic utilization beyond simple locomotion)

ProprioThe main features of the Proprio foot include:

  • Artificial Intelligence (TerrainLogic)
  • Recognizes how the patient is walking
  • Controls the ankle's motion (dorsiflexion and plantar flexion)
  • Reduces energy expenditure
  • Reduces the risk of tripping and falling

K Gruben

Kurt Gruben of Ossur (manufacturer's representative and certified prosthetist), pictured above, asked patient participants...

"When you approach a building and have an option of climbing stairs or going up a ramp, which would you choose?" 

9 patients replied, "Stairs"
1 replied "Elevator" (which was not an option!) 

The point is that most patients know that they will maintain comfort when traversing stairs but traversing inclines and declines causes considerable discomfort. 

Why is this? 

Because most prosthetic feet are fixed at 90 and are not designed to accommodate inclines/declines with dorsi-flexion (raising the toes) and plantar flexion (lowering the toes). 

When a patient walks uphill with a typical prosthetic foot, they tend to fight to get over the prosthesis and experience uncomfortable forces on the inferior border of their patella (lower portion of the knee cap). 

As for walking downhill, the patient tends to fall forward and experience uncomfortable forces on their distal tibia (front lower portion of their limb). 

Model patient, Alan Jacobs, got to witness the features of the Proprio first-hand as we swapped out his existing prosthetic foot for the Proprio. 

Alan was so impressed with comfort of the Proprio that we obtained authorization and fit/delivered a new Proprio foot to Alan just 16 days later, just in time for Alan to enjoy on vacation!

If you think you may be a candidate or know of a patient who may be a candidate, please feel free to contact Optimus to discuss further.

Proprio Foot information for patients.
Proprio Foot information for medical professionals.

Optimus Academy 'Prosthetics for Therapists' Update

by Scott Schall

We are well into the 2nd course, 'Transtibial Prosthetics', and quickly approaching the 3rd course, 'Transfemoral Prosthetics'

Schedule your course today!

Quarterly Course Listing
  1. Prosthetic Overview
  2. Transtibial Prosthetics
  3. Transfemoral Prosthetics
  4. Amputee Mobility Predictor
  5. Transtibial Gait Training and Deviations
  6. Transfemoral Gait Training and Deviations
  7. Partial Foot / Symes / Knee Disarticulation / Hip Disarticulation
  8. Upper Extremity Prosthetics
  9. Computer Alignment System (COMPAS)
  10. Microprocessor-Controlled Knees

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Please don't hesitate to contact any of us with questions, comments, concerns, complaints or compliments. Click here to email us or call the office at 937-454-1900.0