Program-at-a-Glance

KEY

TL
Thranhardt Lectures
PD
Professional Development
F
Free Papers
OS
Organized Sessions
SE
Special Event
PDS
Product Display Showcase
CD
Orthotic Management of Infantile Cranial Deformity
Time Program Code Tuesday, February 28
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM   Registration Open and Exhibitor Set-Up
Time Program Code Wednesday, March 1
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM   Registration and Speaker Ready Room Open
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM   Exhibitor Set-Up
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM   Tier I Technical Workshops
  • Technical Workshops are presentations featuring the newest products and technology in the O&P industry.
  • Earn four continuing education credits for each workshop you attend.
  • Sessions run concurrently during the morning and afternoon tiers.
The Technical Workshops scheduled at press time are listed here. Check our website (academyannualmeeting.org) periodically for updates.

Please note that some workshops are shorter, and one credit per hour will be awarded. Some workshops are business related and will earn one Category II credit per hour.

Please indicate the workshop number you plan to attend on your registration form. Most workshops run four hours and are worth four Category I credits.
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM W1 Technical Workshops: Tier I  (Workshop 1)
Become EXPERT in Customizing Carbon Composite AFOs
Sponsored by: Allard USA
Learn why 89% of patients prefer carbon—how in 2016 carbon beat plastic like the Cubs beat the Indians. Hands-on lab included.

The AFO market is trending to Carbon Composite AFOs. A 2016 study of 123 patients with mixed neuromuscular diagnoses conducted by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Department of Neurology concluded, “Anterior shell carbon fiber AFOs should be considered for most neuromuscular patients with distal leg weakness.” A carbon composite AFO, however, is only as good as its fit. In this 4-hour course, you will become expert on assessing patients to determine the best style of carbon composite AFO offering the dynamics and propulsion needed for a patient’s specific challenges and how to properly align and customize that AFO to ensure optimal function and longevity. Includes certification information, a requirement to order Allard Custom-Fit and Custom Fabricated AFOs.
  W2 Technical Workshops: Tier I  (Workshop 2)
Socket Selection Criteria and Alignment Considerations
Sponsored by: Alps
Prosthetists have come to adopt liners with pins and locking devices as their mainstay suspension method for transtibial amputees. While this provided them with major improvements over previous suspension methods available, not all amputees have the proper tissue and limb configuration to be fitted with locking suspension. The stresses created at the distal end will cause skin and suspension problems in a good number of amputees. Additionally, the largest segment of the amputee population, more specifically geriatric and less functional individuals, often have difficulty donning a pin.
  W3 Technical Workshops: Tier I  (Workshop 3)
Evidence-Based Education Programs to Improve Patient Outcomes
Sponsored by: Amputee Coalition
The Amputee Coalition provides patient education programs to improve outcomes. This practical, interactive workshop will provide an overview of these programs and how to incorporate them into your practice. Topics covered include an evidence-based online self-management program, the Improving Well-Being Program that addresses mental health issues, peer support programs, and education resources.
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM W4 Technical Workshops: Tier I  (Workshop 4)
The Triple Action™ Stance/Swing Control Ankle Joint: Functional Overview, Fabrication, and Clinical Application with Tuning Demonstration
Sponsored by: Becker Orthopedic
The mechanical characteristics of orthoses should be tuned to the patients’ specific needs. Research demonstrates that optimizing AFO stiffness and alignment can impact the functional outcome in the treatment of some neuromuscular conditions, including stroke. This program provides a detailed overview of a novel orthotic component, The Becker Triple Action™ Stance/Swing Control Ankle Joint. The Triple Action helps simplify orthotic tuning and improve clinical outcomes for patients with complex pathologic neuromuscular conditions. This program describes how the Triple Action fits into the Becker family of ankle components, its theory of operation, and its use. During the live demonstration, a certified orthotist will illustrate the tuning and optimization of the Triple Action™ with audience participation. The effect of changes in AFO mechanical characteristics on the subject’s gait pattern will be demonstrated, visualized, and analyzed using a commonly available smartphone app that clinicians can take away with them and use in their own clinical practice. This workshop runs for two hours, 8:00 – 10:00 am.
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM W5 Technical Workshops: Tier I  (Workshop 5)
Beyond the DAFO Basics—Brace Planning for Crouched Gait
Sponsored by: Cascade Dafo
What is crouching? Is it simply flexed knees during gait? The answer is not as straightforward as it seems. Join us as we look at the process of assessing and planning bracing for patients who present with crouched gait. Through video case studies and active participation, we’ll explore dynamic brace selection, casting, ordering, fitting, and optimizations to help patients with excess dorsiflexion achieve the best possible outcomes.
  W6 Technical Workshops: Tier I  (Workshop 6)
New Technology from Freedom Innovations
Sponsored by: Freedom Innovations
Explore the newest additions to Freedom’s product portfolio. Take a closer look and get your hands dirty fitting the Kinnex MPC Ankle/Foot System. Also get a first glance at Freedom Innovations’ new elevated vacuum system, the I.Q. Vac.
  W7A Technical Workshops: Tier I  (Workshop 7A)
CAD CAM Modification Design Essentials
Hosted by: HOPE Careers Consortium TAACCCT Grant
8:00 am to 10:00 am
Transtibial (TT)

This highly informational hands-on workshop examines how CAD technology enables O&P Technicians, Assistants, and Practitioners to easily modify scanned images in preparation for fabrication. Featured in the workshop is the WillowWood® OMEGA® 2013 CAD software system. Emphasis is placed on its user interface, workspace, and workflow tools.
  W7B Technical Workshops: Tier I  (Workshop 7B)
CAD CAM Modification Design Essentials
Hosted by: HOPE Careers Consortium TAACCCT Grant
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Transfemoral (TF)

This highly informational hands-on workshop examines how CAD technology enables O&P Technicians, Assistants, and Practitioners to easily modify scanned images in preparation for fabrication. Featured in the workshop is the WillowWood® OMEGA® 2013 CAD software system. Emphasis is placed on its user interface, workspace, and workflow tools.
  W8 Technical Workshops: Tier I  (Workshop 8)
Fitting and Gait Training on the LegWorks All-Terrain Knee, the Mechanical Knee Reinvented
Sponsored by: LegWorks
The LegWorks All-Terrain Knee is a purely mechanical knee with an innovative new design that provides stability, safety, and energy efficiency for your patients. The knee is K2-reimbursable but allows your patients to walk at multiple speeds without using a hydraulic. It’s also durable and waterproof, making it a great waterproof prosthesis for your high-activity patients. In this workshop, the LegWorks team will provide an overview of our patented technology, followed by fitting and gait training a brand new patient on the All-Terrain Knee.
  W9 Technical Workshops: Tier I  (Workshop 9)
Exploring Infinite Possibilities with the Infinite Socket™ Product Line
Sponsored by: LIM Innovations
Comprising proprietary materials and modular components, the custom-molded above-knee and below-knee sockets allow for unprecedented versatility for patients and practitioners. With modern componentry and state-of-the-art technology, the Infinite Socket system boasts unparalleled comfort backed by rigorous testing and data-driven metrics. The four-hour workshop will be split equally into two trainings covering the Infinite TF and Infinite TT. Each training will include assisted breakout sessions, functional data metrics, and detailed presentations to accredit you as a certified provider of the most adjustable sockets on the market. This session will also be offered in the afternoon.
  W10 Technical Workshops: Tier I  (Workshop 10)
MCP and PIPDriver Crash Course: Ordering and Fitting - How to Qualify, Size, Fit and Care for a Naked Prosthetics Custom Device
Sponsored by: Naked Prosthetics
A detailed product description and walkthrough of the complete MCPDriver ordering and fitting process. Topics will include:
  • Product description
  • Patient candidacy considerations
  • Sizing a typical patient and creating hand casts
  • A brief manufacturing synopsis
  • Fitting a typical patient and making crucial adjustments to the device
  • Troubleshooting poor fit, loss of function, device wear, and breakage
  W11 Technical Workshops: Tier I  (Workshop 11)
Best Practices in Pedorthics: Expanding Your Horizons
Sponsored by: OHI
Pedorthic facilities need to think outside of the proverbial shoebox. Shoes and inserts are only a small piece of the pie. Learn how to expand your horizons within your scope of practice to offer more to your patients and grow your bottom line. Our workshop will review various pathologies, appropriate appliances and utilizations, and the proper footwear for your appliances. We will discuss “fall risk awareness” as something to include as part of your daily visits with patients, and how the non-traditional Moore Balance Brace can be a preventative device in helping at-risk patients with balance and stability. This workshop is worth four business credits.
  W12A Technical Workshops: Tier I  (Workshop 12A)
Orthotic Management for Adult and Pediatric Patients featuring the Spectrum and Fuzion Product Lines
Sponsored by: Orthomerica Products, Inc.
8:00 am to 11:00 am
The foot and ankle complex is frequently affected by deterioration of the joints and ligamentous structures secondary to trauma, inflammatory diseases, and degenerative changes. This three hour presentation reviews the anatomy of the foot and ankle and discusses common pathologies that cause dysfunction. A full spectrum of orthotic management strategies is discussed to improve alignment, increase function, and relieve pain. This presentation also presents innovative approaches to managing patients with deformities and spasticity using materials that fuse traditional plastics with colorful, skin-friendly foam.
  W12B Technical Workshops: Tier I  (Workshop 12B)
Orthomerica Introduces the Enhanced SmartSoc™ Video Scanning Capabilities for both Cranial Remolding Orthoses and Prosthetics using the Samsung S7 Mobile Phone and the New Measurement and Comparison Utility (MCU)
Sponsored by: Orthomerica Products, Inc.
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
This one-hour presentation will cover the latest enhancements to the Smartsoc™ video system from Orthomerica, including the newest portable scanning technology and expansion to the iPhone mobile phone platform. The system converts cellphone 2-D videos into 3-D models with 0.10% accuracy for precise fabrication. We will provide an in-depth overview of the Smartsoc system and the web-based eBrace® patient management program that allows users to review the scan and place an order. The Measurement Comparison Utility (MCU) allows cranial practitioners to print comprehensive cranial comparison reports and allows prosthetic practitioners to evaluate and document volume fluctuations of the residual limb.
  W13 Technical Workshops: Tier I  (Workshop 13)
Hip Bracing by Össur; Featuring the NEW Unloader® Hip & the Rebound® Hip
Sponsored by: Össur Americas, Inc.
From the manufacturers of Unloader One®, new to the OA Solutions bracing line is an innovative osteoarthritis hip brace. Come see the Unloader Hip and learn about how it can make a difference in improving mobility for your patients. Presenters will also be demonstrating the Rebound® Hip. This is a solution designed to support healing after hip arthroscopy. The Rebound® Hip provides gentle controlling forces that facilitate healing while allowing patients to safely perform daily activities.
  W14 Technical Workshops: Tier I  (Workshop 14)
Creating Successful Prosthetic Outcomes for your Low-Mobility Patients
Sponsored by: Ottobock
Providing better, more holistic choices for people who are less active is critical for improving quality of life and satisfaction with their prosthetic care. Discover new technologies, including mechanical knees for sitting assistance and microprocessor knees developed specifically for this growing community of ambulators.
  W15 Technical Workshops: Tier I  (Workshop 15)
Touch Bionics: Advances in Upper-Limb Prosthetics
Sponsored by: Touch Bionics
Attendees will learn about the latest innovations in upper limb prosthetic technologies. The i-limb™ quantum is the first upper limb prosthesis that can change grips by a simple gesture. This workshop will also cover the i-limb control methods: gesture-control, app control, muscle control, and proximity control. In addition, this workshop will cover all new developments with the full range of Touch Bionics’ products – i-limb quantum, i-limb revolution, i-limb ultra, i-digits, and livingskin™. Attendees will learn the best practices for conducting patient evaluations, functional testing, and therapy training protocols.
  W16 Technical Workshops: Tier I  (Workshop 16)
How to Ride the CAD/CAM and 3-D Printing Technology Waves
Sponsored by: Vorum
CAD/CAM adoption is accelerating, and new technologies like 3-D printing are quickly becoming reality. What will this mean for you and your patients? How are Spinal Technologies, Shriners Hospitals, Orthomerica, and others using CAD/CAM to grow their businesses and better serve patients? Why do some clinics succeed spectacularly with CAD/CAM technology while others stumble? What is the real status of 3-D printing in this industry? How can you help your staff migrate from plaster to a virtual 3-D world on a computer? This presentation will examine technology trends and answer questions by drawing on the experience of more than 650 installations.
  W17 Technical Workshops: Tier I  (Workshop 17)
Introduction to the PDE Dynamic Bracing System and the New BTK Hybrid Crossover Knee
Sponsored by: Fabtech Systems
Learn all about the PDE™ (Posterior Dynamic Element) modular bracing system. This modular composite spring system is designed as a plug-and-play spring kit to address dynamic response bracing, unloading, prosthetic partial-foot devices, and much more. Do you have transfemoral patients who want to be active in sports? Learn all about the redesigned BTK sports knee. The new Crossover knee has been completely revamped. Not only does it look totally different, but it is also the first ambulatory knee in the industry that converts into a sports knee. Now your patients can do it all!
  W18 Technical Workshops: Tier I  (Workshop 18)
OssKin’s Evoke™ Knee Brace—A Bespoke 3-D-Printed Asymmetric Knee Brace Designed to Reproduce the Six Degrees of Freedom of the Knee
Sponsored by: Osskin, Inc.
Traditional custom-made knee orthoses have symmetrical hinges following a two-dimensional movement, which can cause slipping and migration of the orthosis on the leg. These orthoses are often bulky and not well personalized, thus reducing comfort and patient compliance. Evoke™ knee orthosis technology has the capacity to follow three-dimensional asymmetrical knee movement using curved hinges. This orthosis can provide immediate benefits to your patients. Evoke™ is the lightest and most personalized knee orthosis available on the market. Our workshop will cover:
  • Knee biomechanics and movement
  • Evoke™ overview and technologies
  • Interactive 3-D scanning session
  • 3-D, real-time modeling of an orthosis
  W19 Technical Workshops: Tier I  (Workshop 19)
The Care of the Compromised Spine Using the VerAlign® and ComfAlign® Support System
Sponsored by: Bremer Group Company
This is a two-part workshop. Part one is in lecture format and will cover the history of spinal stabilization, the mechanics of spinal stabilization, and the available modalities for spinal stabilization and problems associated with each. Part two is a demonstration that includes an introduction to the VertAlign® Spinal Support System and ComfAlign® Spinal System, as well as product selection, application, special ordering, and custom measuring. The workshop also includes a question and answer session and a problem-solving session on fitting a patient with a VertAlign or ComfAlign.
  W20A Technical Workshops: Tier I  (Workshop 20A)
Introduction to the NEW Propulsion Line
Columbus Hall E-F/East Tower/Gold Level

Sponsored by: Tillges Technologies/TCOP
8:00 am to 10:00 am
The next generation of lower-extremity modular-designed pre-preg bracing is here! During this presentation, we will provide an introduction to pre-preg material science, discuss its application and benefits to patients, and introduce the new Propulsion Line.
  W20B Technical Workshops: Tier I  (Workshop 20B)
Grow your Business with Innovative Technology and Specialty Bracing from Tillges Technologies
Columbus Hall E-F/East Tower/Gold Level

Sponsored by: Tillges Technologies/TCOP
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Grow your business and improve documentation and patient outcomes at the same time! Learn about the PressureGuardian, the MN Boot, and other specialty brace options and how they can improve revenue flow to your business.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM   Lunch on Your Own
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM   Tier II Technical Workshops
  • Technical Workshops are presentations featuring the newest products and technology in the O&P industry.
  • Earn four continuing education credits for each workshop you attend.
  • Sessions run concurrently during the morning and afternoon tiers.
The Technical Workshops scheduled at press time are listed here. Check our website (academyannualmeeting.org) periodically for updates.

Please note that some workshops are shorter, and one credit per hour will be awarded. Some workshops are business related and will earn one Category II credit per hour.

Please indicate the workshop number you plan to attend on your registration form. Most workshops run four hours and are worth four Category I credits.

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM W21 Technical Workshops: Tier II  (Workshop 21)
Chronic and Acute Stance Control Patient Application Management
Sponsored by: Becker Orthopedic
Successful application of a stance control orthosis is tied to a proper patient assessment. Chronic and acute patient categories present unique challenges in the use of the technology. Success has been directly linked to a physical trial with an immediate fit orthosis. In chronic cases, a practitioner can ascertain if any physical restraints exist from the late effects of a neuromuscular deficit. In acute cases, the practitioner can initiate gait retraining and determine if sufficient muscular strength exists for the patient to initiate over-the-ground weight bearing. The workshop will cover the unique physical limits of acute and chronic applications and demonstrate the use of the PreStride™ immediate fit stance control orthosis.
  W22 Technical Workshops: Tier II  (Workshop 22)
Adjustable Sockets—Volume Management, Suspension, and More! with RevoFit Solutions by Click Medical
Sponsored by: Click Medical
Empower your patients to improve socket fit and function with the user adjustable RevoFit system. Introducing the RevoFit Lanyard and RevoFit adjustable socket systems utilizing mechanical tensioning systems for use in laminated socket designs. Learn how to create suspension, volume management, and/or donning and doffing solutions for your prosthetic patients. Learn when and how to use RevoFit while reviewing indications, contraindications, socket design, and fabrication processes.
  W23 Technical Workshops: Tier II  (Workshop 23)
Marketing Boot Camp
Sponsored by: Clinical Education Concepts
In today’s highly competitive prosthetic and orthotic marketplace, your staff needs to understand the basics of marketing more than ever. O&P reimbursement is undergoing rapid change, and the need for services is increasing. Through this highly interactive comprehensive workshop, you can develop and refine the tools and marketing skills to stay ahead of the competition!
  • Understand what marketing is and how it works.
  • Learn how to differentiate you and your practice from competitors.
  • Understand how to analyze and capitalize on marketing opportunities.
  • Learn how to maximize your marketing efforts. Smarter, not harder.
This workshop is worth four business credits.
  W24 Technical Workshops: Tier II  (Workshop 24)
What’s New in Pattern Recognition Control for Upper-Limb Prosthetics
Sponsored by: Coapt, LLC
This workshop will expose you to the most advanced upper-limb technology at the Academy. Attendees will be introduced to the newest generation of Coapt’s COMPLETE CONTROL pattern recognition product line—a redesigned solution that is loaded with new features. This smaller, more power-efficient system has been reimagined to simplify fabrication challenges. The control system’s new ability to learn and adapt to the user as it is worn will be examined. Other novel features, such as smart signal selection and real-time training feedback, will also be shown. Finally, attendees will learn how to best involve Coapt’s evaluation and fitting resources and what to expect from the system and from patient performance.
  W25A Technical Workshops: Tier II  (Workshop 25A)
No Limitations! No Imitations! Powering the Next Generation of High-Activity Feet at Fillauer®
Sponsored by: Fillauer® and Motion Control, division of Fillauer®
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
No longer will your patients sacrifice performance for practicality. In the first two-hour presentation, attendees will review the concepts behind Fillauer’s versatile sport designs, see a wide range of practical applications, and take a look at three new posterior-mounted foot options, including one that will extend 21st century technology to Symes and Boyd patients.
  W25B Technical Workshops: Tier II  (Workshop 25B)
New Products & Solutions in Upper Extremity
Sponsored by: Fillauer® and Motion Control, division of Fillauer®
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
During our second two-hour presentation, experience the newly released ETD2! Shorter, sleeker, and lighter than the original ETD, it is also water resistant, making it the perfect TD for work and play. Other features include Bluetooth® communication with AutoCal and FLAG (Force Limiting Auto Grasp), which turns the ETD2 into a delicate gripping tool.
  W26 Technical Workshops: Tier II  (Workshop 26)
Gomez Orthotic Spine System
Sponsored by: Friddle’s Orthopedic Appliances, Inc.
This course will provide the practicing orthotist with an in-depth overview of the “Gomez Orthotic Spine System” approach to the comprehensive management of spinal pathologies, including idiopathic scoliosis, neuromuscular disorders, as well as degenerative spine disorders. The emphasis will be on proper spine alignment and balance and the importance of a detailed clinical evaluation, combined with objective assessment of tri-planar spinal flexibility, to create a comprehensive biomechanical plan for successful treatment of spine deformities and instabilities. Each participant will learn to use simple tools to measure and record clinical signs to be used in the orthosis design.
  W27A Technical Workshops: Tier II  (Workshop 27A)
CAD CAM Modification Design Essentials
Hosted by: HOPE Careers Consortium TAACCCT Grant
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO)

This highly informational hands-on workshop examines how CAD technology enables O&P Technicians, Assistants, and Practitioners to easily modify scanned images in preparation for fabrication. Featured in the workshop is the WillowWood® OMEGA® 2013 CAD software system. Emphasis is placed on its user interface, work space, and workflow tools.
  W27B Technical Workshops: Tier II  (Workshop 27B)
CAD CAM Modification Design Essentials
Hosted by: HOPE Careers Consortium TAACCCT Grant
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Thoracolumboscacral Orthosis (TLSO)

This highly informational hands-on workshop examines how CAD technology enables O&P Technicians, Assistants, and Practitioners to easily modify scanned images in preparation for fabrication. Featured in the workshop is the WillowWood® OMEGA® 2013 CAD software system. Emphasis is placed on its user interface, work space, and workflow tools.
  W28 Technical Workshops: Tier II  (Workshop 28)
Exploring Infinite Possibilities with the Infinite Socket™ Product Line
Sponsored by: LIM Innovations
Comprising proprietary materials and modular components, the custom-molded above-knee and below-knee sockets allow for unprecedented versatility for patient and practitioner alike. With modern componentry and state-of-the-art technology, the Infinite Socket system boasts unparalleled comfort backed by rigorous testing and data-driven metrics. The four-hour workshop will be split equally into two trainings covering the Infinite TF and Infinite TT. Each training will include assisted breakout sessions, functional data metrics, and detailed presentations to accredit you as a certified provider of the most adjustable sockets on the market.
  W29 Technical Workshops: Tier II  (Workshop 29)
The End of Rigid Sockets—Socket-less Socket Solutions for all Levels
Sponsored by: Martin Bionics Innovations
NASA research creates a new generation of fabric sockets that conform to the user. Instead of encapsulating the limb with traditional rigid materials, these sockets use lightweight compliant fabric as the socket materials. No more static socket shape. No more hard ischial seat. No more loss of suction. Fitting a prosthetic socket is now micro-adjustable in real-time, eliminating the need for antiquated casting, modification, and iterative test socket fitting methods. The open air designs makes wearing the prosthesis significantly lighter, cooler, and more breathable. An overview of solutions for all levels of amputation. Find out more at MartinBionics.com or call 844-MBIONIC.
  W30A Technical Workshops: Tier II  (Workshop 30A)
OPIE Practice Management Solutions for a More Efficient Office
Sponsored by: OPIE Software
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Simplify your workflow and take control of your office. Through integrated processes that create complete electronic medical records, your office will work toward better clinical documentation and processes, more accurate claims management and reimbursements, and ultimately improved patient care. OPIE’s goal is to streamline the process of managing your business allowing you to spend more time on what matters, your patients. From enhanced modules managing billing/collections, purchasing/inventory, and an enriched mobile app, to comprehensive reports and business dashboards, OPIE is a comprehensive tool that will help you stay at the forefront of the changes in the healthcare and O&P world.
This workshop is worth two business credits.
  W30B Technical Workshops: Tier II  (Workshop 30B)
Clinical Documentation & Care Coordination – Why Taking the Team Approach is the Right Approach
Sponsored by: OPIE Software
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Topics:
  • Clinical Protocols: On-Going Data Driven Collaborative Care
  • Why Should Your Facility be Lean? Intro in Lean Healthcare in O&P
  • What is a Functional Assessor and Why Should You Consider This Model For Your Practice?
  • Best Practices in Clinical Documentation and Care Coordination
This workshop is worth two business credits.
  W31 Technical Workshops: Tier II  (Workshop 31)
Anatomy of the Foot and Ankle
Sponsored by: Orthomerica Products, Inc.
The foot and ankle complex is frequently affected by deterioration of the joints and ligamentous structures secondary to trauma, inflammatory diseases, and degenerative changes. This four-hour presentation reviews the effect that diabetes myelitis and peripheral neuropathy can have on the foot. We will discuss treatment options to unweight diabetic foot ulcers and a new approach to treating Charcot disease with use of a newly designed CROW boot called shark-o. Finally, we will introduce a new alignment technology for all custom-style walking orthoses, including OWLS orthoses, shark-o orthoses, and CROW orthoses. This new technology offers a timesaving, energy-storing solution for aligning orthoses that would normally be aligned by grinding soling material.
  W32 Technical Workshops: Tier II  (Workshop 32)
Pro-Flex Feet by Össur with New Torsion Shock Adapter
Sponsored by: Össur Americas, Inc.
This workshop will introduce you to the Pro-Flex family of feet by Össur—Pro-Flex, Pro-Flex XC, and Pro-Flex LP—and introduce you to the new TSA, or Torsion Shock Adapter. Evidence will be presented behind the new Pro-Flex technology and how it addresses common amputee challenges. There will be an opportunity to observe these products in use and discuss them with Össur product champions.
  W33 Technical Workshops: Tier II  (Workshop 33)
Using MP Controlled Prosthetics to Redefine What it Means to Live an Active Life
Sponsored by: Ottobock
Advancements in microprocessor technology are helping transfemoral amputees raise the bar on what it means to live an active life. This course will demonstrate how the features and functions in microprocessor knees such as C-Leg 4, Kenevo, Genium, and X3 can be utilized to help your patients achieve new standards for active living.
  W34 Technical Workshops: Tier II  (Workshop 34)
Weaving Your Way Through the Knee Selection
Roosevelt 3A/East Tower/Bronze Level

Sponsored by: ST&G USA Corporation
David Littig, CP, will discuss appropriate decision-making of knee selection from K1–K4. Every knee will be covered—from transfer knees to sports knees. We will also introduce a new self-adaptive intelligent knee (PMK) for short transfemoral amputees. This is the first knee in the prosthetics industry to apply the mass of the knee proximal to the knee center. The PMK has all of the attributes of the VGK, the first intelligent hydraulic-controlled knee without electronics: proven auto-compensating resistance in stance and swing phases; a higher temperature threshold; auto-adjusting yield control; 90 degrees of stance yielding; and advanced stumble recovery technology. Join us!
  W35 Technical Workshops: Tier II  (Workshop 35)
New Advances within the Steeper USA Range
Sponsored by: SteeperUSA
Advances in the development of the Steeper USA upper-limb prosthetic line, including all three sizes of the bebionic hand and the new, single articulated myoelectric hand will be discussed. We will also conduct demonstrations of the fitting and function of the ELEC60 electrode along with seal-in kit on a range of sockets. Lastly, there will be a clinical walk through of all Steeper USA terminal devices, including training on the bebalance software and the new clinician myo configurator.
  W36 Technical Workshops: Tier II  (Workshop 36)
Specialty Bracing: Braces, Concepts, and Design Options
Sponsored by: Townsend Design
This presentation will include detailed information about patient assessment, product ordering options, and fitting instructions for various types of custom lower-extremity orthoses including specialized KOs, KAFOs and AFOs. This interactive session will increase a practitioner’s ability to utilize Townsend’s innovative bracing technology to optimize patient mobility and compliance.
  W37 Technical Workshops: Tier II  (Workshop 37)
WillowWood® One Socket System
Sponsored by: WillowWood®
This workshop will detail the components of a system developed by WillowWood® in response to a Department of Veterans Affairs request to improve the fit, function, and comfort of prosthetic sockets for Veterans with transfemoral amputations. Fabrication and fitting techniques, along with outcomes research and a demonstration, will be provided.
  W38 Technical Workshops: Tier II  (Workshop 38)
Achieve Consistent, Successful Socket Fit via Innovative Total Surface Weight Bearing Casting System
Sponsored by: Cypress Adaptive
Socket fit is vital to the comfort, suspension, control, and acceptance of a lower-extremity prosthesis. This innovative system enables the practitioner to consistently produce a plaster cast that captures individual residual limb conditions as they would be in a socket under full weight bearing. The result is a realistic impression of the residual limb’s connective tissues, skin, and bony structures as they would be under full load in a prosthetic socket. By capturing the individual’s unique anatomy under weight bearing, consistent successful fitting is achieved.
  W39 Technical Workshops: Tier II  (Workshop 39)
SpineCor® “Tech-Assist” Model Training for Adult SpineCor Comfort Plus Brace Treatment
Sponsored by: Becker Orthopedic
In this four-hour workshop, attendees will learn how to order and fit adult SpineCor Comfort Plus braces to their scoliosis or hyperkyphosis patients. We’ll teach orthotists how to take patient evaluation photos for the Tech-Assist team and explain to the Tech-Assist team how they decided between the different brace configurations. The brace ordering process will be presented, as well as the various brace configurations. Each attendee will have an opportunity to gain some hands-on experience with a live patient model. Guidance on indications and contraindications will also be provided to help the orthotist determine patient candidacy. The long-term management of a patient in the adult SpineCor Comfort Plus brace will also be presented.

Space is limited and we encourage you to sign up early.
  W40 Technical Workshops: Tier II  (Workshop 40)
Practical Gait Analysis Drives Clinical Decisions
Sponsored by: ProtoKinetics
How does observational gait analysis compare to technology-based analyses such as video-based, wearable, gait mat, and 3-D kinematic systems? Find out in this dynamic, interactive session that will combine lecture, live data collection, and audience participation. Other topics include recognizing the significance of magnitude, symmetry, and variability of gait measurements; the clinical significance of gait analysis through case studies; the effect of brace alignment on gait and balance; quantifying outcomes of interventions using stability and foot contact metrics; and directly comparing bracing and prostheses options for optimum treatment outcomes.
5:10 PM - 6:45 PM   2017 Keynote Address & Annual Meeting Opening Session
This year's Opening Session promises to be one that you will not soon forget. The Academy has arranged for a keynote speaker that will cause you to think twice about your approach to patient care and the challenges you face on a daily basis. A fresh perspective on life and the inspiration to make all things possible is the perfect way to kick off an Annual Meeting that is full of the resources and tools you need to make a difference in the lives of the patients you serve. This year’s Opening Session will also honor and recognize those who have helped make this profession great. We will announce the recipients of the Academy's Titus-Ferguson Lifetime Achievement and the Distinguished Practitioner Awards. The Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) will present the Tamarack Award to a distinguished O&P researcher.
6:45 PM - 8:00 PM   Welcome Reception
The Opening Session will lead directly into cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall. Enjoy this opportunity to relax and unwind as you explore the Exhibit Hall to view the latest O&P devices and technology.
Time Program Code Thursday, March 2
6:30 AM   Work Out With Us
Join us for your daily workout. Run, walk, or roll any distance and speed with other attendees. The group will leave from the hotel lobby on the dates and times listed above. Water will be provided. Attend any or all sessions.
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM   Registration and Speaker Ready Room Open
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM TL1 Thranhardt Lecture
The Contribution of Vestibular Sensory Integration to Mobility in People with Unilateral Transtibial Amputation Comparison
Jennifer Lynn Lucarevic, PT, DPT, PhD Candidate
People with lower-limb amputation (LLA) have a significant loss of somatosensory information due to loss of proprioceptors within the limb; therefore, utilizing the information from the visual and vestibular system becomes more critical during static and dynamic activities. This is the first study to examine the contributions of vestibular sensory integration to mobility in those with LLA.
  TL2 Thranhardt Lecture
Reduced Turn Ability, Transfer Ability, and Balance Confidence in Prosthesis Users with History of Falls
Jonathan S. Akins, PhD
Lower-limb prosthesis users with a history of falls have worse turning gait performance, reduced sit-to-stand transfer ability, and reduced balance confidence when compared to non-fallers.
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM SE1 Special Event
Approved Clinical Mentor (ACM) Course
Sponsored by: NCOPE
The Approved Clinical Mentor (ACM) course is a comprehensive course that provides clinicians with the skills and information necessary to more effectively teach and mentor students in the context of a residency program or educational program. If you are a certified and/or licensed clinician and residency director, mentor, or educator, this course is for you.
9:10 AM - 10:40 AM OS1 Organized Session
Muscle Length, Strength, and Stiffness
Elaine Owen, MSc, SRP, MSCP; Keith Smith, CO, LO, FAAOP; Deborah Gaebler-Spira, MD; Mark Holowka, MSPO, CPO, FAAOP
This session presents a comprehensive review of patients with joint angle challenges. Speakers will discuss treatment options for addressing spasticity and joint contracture and review how joint angle challenges affect the orthotic prescription. Topics include spasticity management, optimal kinematic alignment and movement patterns, and static progressive versus dynamic bracing.
  OS2 Organized Session
Preliminary Objective Findings of the First US, FDA Approved Clinical Trial on Osseointegration
Phil Stevens, Med, CPO; Sarina Sinclair, PhD; James Peter Beck, MD; Bart Gillespie, DPT
In 2015, the FDA authorized the first U.S. clinical trial on osseointegration. The trial is examining the safety of the percutaneous osseointegrated prosthetic (POP) implant for transfemoral amputees at the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Specific aims of the trial include evaluating the safety of the POP implant, optimizing the associated surgical technique, developing associated postoperative rehabilitation techniques, and building a clinical platform for transferring osseointegrated technology to other VA and military institutions. This session will review the studies that contributed to the POP implant design, the relationship of the POP approach to other international osseointegration techniques, and the objective findings of this clinical trial to date.
9:10 AM - 10:40 AM F1 Free Papers: Upper Limb Prosthetics  (F1)
Falls in Persons with Upper-Limb Loss
Matthew J. Major, PhD
Although persons with upper-limb loss do not generally suffer from low balance confidence, they report a relatively high prevalence of falls.
  F2 Free Papers: Upper Limb Prosthetics  (F2)
Symptom Severity and Prosthesis Use: Exploring the Pain Experience Using the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (DASH)
Karl Lindborg, CPO/LP
The pain experience of individuals with upper-limb deficiencies has been identified as an important factor in relation to prosthesis use and as an outcome that can change as a result of upper-limb prosthetic use. We will discuss if the use of an upper-limb prosthesis has an impact on reported pain levels and if it varies across levels of absence or origin of limb absence.
  F3 Free Papers: Upper Limb Prosthetics  (F3)
Case Comparison of Electric Digits and 3-D-Printed Body-Powered Hand Prostheses
Kerstin Baun, MPH, OTR/L
This study examines the differences in function between 3-D-printed body-powered hands and electric digit system prostheses. A case study comparison utilizing standardized functional testing as well as subjective evaluation was completed.
  F4 Free Papers: Upper Limb Prosthetics  (F4)
Using Meaningful Data to Optimize the Quality of Life for Persons with Partial-Hand Amputation
Dan Conyers, CPO, FAAOP
This study evaluated the odds of positive screens on various measure of psychological wellness (e.g., PTSD, depression) between subgroups of patients with upper-limb amputation, indicating the need to objectively evaluate patient needs and inform patient-specific care recommendations.
  F5 Free Papers: Upper Limb Prosthetics  (F5)
Contact Reflex Improves Fragile Grasping While Blindfolded
Gary Berke, MS, CP, FAAOP
This study compares the effect of visual impairment on fragile item grasp with a myoelectric prosthesis using contact detection compared to a standard myoelectric prosthesis and to able-bodied subjects.
  F6 Free Papers: Upper Limb Prosthetics  (F6)
Using Meaningful Data to Optimize the Quality of Life for Persons with Upper-Limb Amputations
John M. Miguelez, CP, FAAOP(D)
This study aims to identify and assess the influence of amputation level and perceived quality of life with the potential to impact prosthetic rehabilitation. Results will enhance our understanding of factors influencing prosthesis wear time and may guide successful upper-limb prosthetic rehabilitation practice.
  F7 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F7)
A Double-Blind Study of a Bimodal Ankle-Foot Prosthesis for Improved Balance and Mobility
Sara Koehler-McNicholas, PhD
A novel bimodal ankle-foot prosthesis has been designed that can accommodate both standing and walking through the use of a rigid foot plate and an ankle that can lock and unlock. Results suggest that in the absence of visual feedback, the locked system may improve standing balance for experienced, relatively active lower-limb prosthesis users.
  F8 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F8)
Comparison of Self-report and Clinician Measured Body Mass Index Calculations for Lower-Limb Amputees
Jennifer Lynn Lucarevic, PT, DPT, PhD Candidate
Body mass index has been found to be a surrogate measure of body fat, a predictor of obesity, and an indicator of type 2 diabetes. This study explores two methods of calculating BMI in lower-limb amputees.
  F9 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F9)
Gait Symmetry in Transfemoral Amputees
Seok Hun Kim, PT, PhD
This study identifies the effects of a split-belt treadmill gait training program on symmetric walking in people with unilateral transfemoral amputation. The results show that adaptation of gait symmetry during split-belt treadmill training can be carried over to over-ground walking and increase exercise tolerance in unilateral transfemoral amputees.
  F10 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F10)
Visual Localization for Prosthetic Lower-Limb Control
Eric Rombokas
We demonstrate vision-based localization of the lower limb during walking on varied terrain. We use this location to estimate terrain and anticipate transitions.
  F11 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F11)
Ability of Epidermal Sensors to Measure Lower-Limb Temperature During Activity with a Prosthesis Simulator
Lilly Tran, MS
This study assesses temperature readings from epidermal sensors by comparing them to thermocouples, which have been previously used to collect data from the socket-limb interface. Epidermal sensors provided temperature magnitudes and trends during initial testing that are reasonable.
9:10 AM - 10:40 AM PD1 Professional Development
At the End of the Day, Numbers Don’t Lie—Staying Profitable in the World of O&P
Robert Benedetti
Focus on some financial pitfalls in running an O&P business such as how to gain market share and leverage your footprint in your region, control runaway costs, and perform financial benchmarking. Attendees will be challenged to know and understand the numbers, data, and trends of their business.
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM   Exhibit Hall Open
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM   Lunch in Exhibit Hall with Three Product Display Showcases
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM PDS1 Product Display
The Dynamic Vacuum System— Simple Vacuum Solutions to Meet Patient Demands and Practitioner Needs
Sponsored by: Ottobock
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM PDS2 Product Display
Complete Legs by Össur Custom Solutions
Sponsored by: Össur Americas, Inc.
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM PDS3 Product Display
Data in O&P
Sponsored by: OPIE Software
12:20 PM - 1:50 PM OS3 Organized Session
3-D Printing in Clinical Practice
Tracy Slemker, CPO, FAAOP; Tyler Dunham, CO; Tyler Manee; Jeff Erenstone, CPO; Russ Hornfisher
3-D printing is here and in use by O&P practices around the country. Three practices will explain how they use 3-D printing as a central component of their practice. This is not a new idea; these are companies that got involved with 3-D printing years ago.
  OS4 Organized Session
From the Operating Room to ADLs: A Review of the IASPT
Laura Miller, PhD, CP; Matthew Wernke, PhD; Brian Kaluf, BSE, CP
Last year, the First International Symposium on Innovation in Amputation Surgery and Prosthetic Technologies was held in Chicago. This symposium reviews advanced surgical procedures and the latest prosthetic technologies that take advantage of the procedures presented at the symposium, and offers firsthand experiences with navigating reimbursement for advanced prosthetic technologies.
12:20 PM - 1:50 PM F12 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F12)
The Effect of Cleat Placement on Force Generation in a Cyclist with a Transtibial Amputation: A Pilot Study
Kyle R. Leister, MPO, CO, ATC
The aim of this study was to analyze peak force production at three different cleat positions on the plantar aspect of a transtibial amputee’s cycling shoe during maximal exertion and steady state trials.
  F13 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F13)
A Case Study Demonstrating the Benefit of the Össur Proflex Foot to a User with a Unilateral Transtibial Amputation
Lee Childers, PhD, MSPO, CP
This case study demonstrates the problem with using traditional inverse dynamics to quantify push off of energy storage and return feet while offering a solution through using a unified deformable (UD) segment model. The UD approach demonstrates the Össur Proflex foot provides more push off than a Variflex foot.
  F14 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F14)
Turning Biomechanics of Lower-Limb Prosthesis Users with a History of Falls
Jonathan S. Akins, PhD
Turning was assessed in prosthesis users performing a figure-of-8 walking test. Transfemoral (TF) prosthesis user without a history of falls had greater turn asymmetry than TF users with a history of falls.
  F15 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F15)
Variable Stiffness Torsion Adaptor: Pilot Study with Transtibial Amputees
Glenn K. Klute, PhD
A variable stiffness torsion adapter might reduce residual limb injuries in persons with lower-limb amputation who are capable of complex gait maneuvers. This study examines the effect of three torsional stiffnesses on the peak transverse plane moments at the socket measured during five walking tasks using a within-subject experimental design and persons with transtibial amputation (n=5).
  F16 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F16)
Perspiration and Secure Suspension for Lower-Limb Amputees in Demanding Environments
Glenn K. Klute, PhD
This study compared a prosthesis designed to unobtrusively expel perspiration with a standard-of-care prosthesis in hot and humid environments using a within-subject experimental design and persons with transtibial amputation (n=5).
12:20 PM - 1:50 PM SE2 Special Event
Clinical Learning and Research Opportunities in Elite Athletes and Paralympians
Jared Howell, MS, CPO, FAAOP; Alena Grabowski, PhD; Cathy Sellars; Francois Van DerWatt, CPO
Prominent researchers, clinicians, coaches, and athletes run tests, gather data, and debate how to make our men and women faster and more competitive.
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM PD2 Professional Development
Skills to Develop that Will Inspire Staff to Take Ownership
Joyce Perrone
This session will focus on leadership techniques that will empower your staff. Staff members will be inspired to not just do the minimum required but to excel at their jobs. Grow your company with the talent you have. For non-leaders, this will be an inspiring talk to energize you in your job.
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   Academy Chapters Committee Meeting
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM OS5 Organized Session
Upper Limb Prosthetics - Evolution of Modern Practice
Andrea Hess, CP; Chris Baschuk, MPO, CPO, LP, FAAOP; Pat Prigge, CP, FAAOP(D); Gerald Stark, MSEM, CPO/L, FAAOP; Blair Lock, MScE, PEng.
Sponsored by: The Upper-Limb Prosthetics Society
Prosthetists who are faced with making decisions and recommendations on appropriate treatment plans for the upper-limb prosthetic population often feel as if they are jumping off a cliff without a safety net. Busy practices leave little time to invest in learning all the newest technologies available to this population and with the wide variety of limb presentations, especially in partial hand, may feel lost in the sea of information and possibilities. This session will attempt to calm the storm and give practical insights into modern upper-limb prosthetic practice.
  OS6 Organized Session
Animal O&P
Jim Alaimo, CPO
A growing source of revenue for O&P practices is the treatment of animals. This is a fast-growing, cash business. Jim Alaimo, CPO, started an animal-only O&P practice ten years ago. The success of his animal-only practice has expanded to the point that he has been speaking at veterinarian meetings around the country about O&P services for animals. He will share his insights and experiences.
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM F17 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F17)
Change in Pressure Distribution with an Adjustable Socket
Garrett Hurley, CPO, CIO
Data quantifying the relationship between the profile of pressure distribution on a residual limb and patient outcomes are critical for prosthetic socket design and may further help to justify costs when payers challenge the need for socket adjustability or socket replacements. Results from this study support a direct correlation between socket shape and functional outcomes.
  F18 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F18)
A Computational Tool to Assess Limb-Socket Interface
John Cagle
Three people with transtibial amputation were enrolled with limb shapes characterized as cylindrical, short-conical, and long-conical. The effect of limb shape on load transmission through the residual limb was assessed by creating finite element models from magnetic resonance images that captured participants’ limb, liner, and socket.
  F19 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F19)
The Effect of Transfemoral Prosthetic Interface Design on Gait Biomechanics Using a CAREN System: IRC Compared to Sub-Ischial
Jason T. Kahle, MSMS, CPO, FAAOP
Transfemoral socket design has evolved over the last ten years due to advanced technologies. Understanding the differences between sub-ischial and ischial containment sockets is crucial to contend evolution. This case control compares sub-ischial to ischial ramus containment in perturbation scenarios. The Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) represents the ideal instrument to evaluate biomechanics when simulating walking and perturbation scenarios.
  F20 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F20)
Hybrid Vacuum Pump for Vacuum-Assisted Suspension in Transfemoral Prostheses
Matthew Major, PhD
A hybrid vacuum pump for vacuum-assisted suspension of transfemoral sockets that integrates mechanical and electric function was developed and tested.
  F20A Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F20A)
Quantification of Rectifications for the Northwestern University Flexible Sub-Ischial Vacuum (NU-FlexSIV) Socket
Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons)
Rectification maps and templates help communicate an important step in the fabrication of the NU-FlexSIV Socket facilitating dissemination of the technique and providing an alternative fabrication option via CAD-CAM and central fabrication.
3:35 PM - 5:10 PM   Break in Exhibit Hall with Three Product Display Showcases
3:40 PM - 4:10 PM PDS4 Product Display
Freedom Innovations’ MPC Solutions
Sponsored by: Freedom Innovations
4:10 PM - 4:40 PM PDS5 Product Display
Why Ohio State University concludes, “Overwhelming Majority of Ambulatory Neuromuscular Patients with Distal Leg Weakness will Benefit from Off-The-Shelf ToeOFF® or BlueROCKER® CFAFOs.”
Sponsored by: Allard USA
4:40 PM - 5:10 PM PDS6 Product Display
New Socket-less Socket™ for More Fitting Levels
Sponsored by: Martin Bionics
5:15 PM - 6:45 PM   Poster Presentation
Poster Presentations
Posters will be on display during the entire meeting. Authors will be on hand to discuss their posters during this session. A list of posters will be available on the Academy’s Annual Meeting website academyannualmeeting.org and published in the Final Program.
5:15 PM - 6:15 PM F21 Free Papers: Upper Limb Orthotics  (F21)
Improving Upper-Limb Function in Chronic Stroke Utilizing Custom Myoelectric Bracing: A Case Report
Stefanie Dunaway MS, OTR/L
A case report that describes the use of a custom-fabricated myoelectric elbow-wrist-hand orthosis to increase upper-extremity function in a chronic stroke survivor.
  F22 Free Papers: Upper Limb Orthotics  (F22)
Case Study: Upper-Extremity Dynamic Orthoses in an Individual with Arthrogryposis
Elyse Annette Zanghi, CO
This case study examines an individual with arthrogryposis who used two upper-extremity dynamic orthoses: a trunk orthosis with flexion assist developed at the Research Institute of Chicago, and a WREX manufactured by DuPont. Fabrication of the devices, use, and results of using the device will be discussed.
  F23 Free Papers: Upper Limb Orthotics  (F23)
Giving Them a Hand: Wearing a Myoelectric Elbow-Wrist-Hand Orthosis Reduces Upper-Extremity Impairment in Chronic Stroke
Heather T. Peters, MOT, OTR/L
The vast majority of stroke survivors exhibit no movement in their affected hand, which significantly undermines performance of daily tasks. There is an urgent need to determine the efficacy of technology that facilitates movement in this population. The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of a myoelectric orthosis on paretic upper-extremity outcomes in chronic stroke.
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM   Academy Society Social
Join the leaders and members of the Academy Scientific Societies for a networking social. Learn how society membership can enhance your clinical practice. Refreshments will be served. This event is open to all Academy members. Be sure to attend the society sponsored programs, OS5, OS11 and OS19.
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM   Residency Networking Session
O&P students won’t want to miss this informative networking session. During this program, students will meet with representatives from the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) to learn about the residency process. Representatives from the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) will discuss the post-residency steps to becoming certified. The Academy will share how the directed study reports are reviewed and selected for Academy Resident Awards. Residency directors from a variety of O&P facilities will provide insight on what students should look for in a residency site. This event is open to students, residents and educators only.
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM   O&P Student Social
The Academy invites all O&P students, residents, and educators to an informal networking session. Light refreshments will be served courtesy of ABC and NCOPE. This event is open to students, residents and educators only.
Time Program Code Friday, March 3
6:30 AM   Work Out With Us
Join us for your daily workout. Run, walk, or roll any distance and speed with other attendees. The group will leave from the hotel lobby on the dates and times listed above. Water will be provided. Attend any or all sessions.
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM   Registration and Speaker Ready Room Open
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM   Registration for Annual Business Meeting
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM   Annual Member Business Meeting & Continental Breakfast
Join your fellow members for breakfast and learn about the achievements and goals of the Academy. Members are encouraged to play an active role in this meeting. The Academy will recognize some leaders in the profession. Immediately following the Annual Business Meeting, all board members will be available to answer your questions from 8:45 – 9:00 am. Please indicate your intent to attend on your registration form.
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM   Specialty Track: Pedorthic Program
Pedorthic Program
See the Pedorthic program details for complete program information.
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM   Specialty Track: Technician Program
Technician Program
A full-day of Technician Programming will be offered to meet the needs of busy technicians and practitioners.

See the Technician program details for complete program information.
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM   Specialty Track: Mastectomy Program
Mastectomy Program
Presented by: Rhonda F. Turner, PhD, JD, MBA, BOCPO/LPO, CFm
See the Mastectomy program details for complete program information.
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM OS7 Organized Session
Carbon Fiber Ankle Foot Orthoses - Matching Device to Patient
Andrea Ikeda, MS, CP; David Knapp, CPO, M.Ed.
This organized session will review various carbon fiber AFOs and introduce information that will help clinicians match a patient’s profile with the appropriate carbon fiber AFO design.
  OS8 Organized Session
Rotationplasty: PFFD to Sarcoma and Transitions to Adulthood
Brian Giavedoni, MBA, CP, LP; Colleen Patricia Coulter, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS
This session will identify the surgical differences between rotationplasty for patients with proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD) and patients with sarcoma; common surgical and prosthetic challenges from the physician, prosthetist, and physical therapist perspectives; differences in prosthetic design and alignment for the prostheses; and various treatment considerations based on severity and resection levels. This session will also cover the nuances when transitioning these patients to adult practices.
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM PD3 Professional Development
Respect Your Mom, Respect Your Money, Respect Your Business
Robert Benedetti
This presentation will focus on three elements of business: people, process, and profit to keep a company financially strong and viable. Financial reporting, operating budgets, and controlling costs will be discussed in detail. Attendees will be challenged to implement processes to ensure that cash flow, the lifeblood of the company, is not interrupted or compromised.
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM F24 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F24)
Change in Pressure Distribution with Alignment Changes
Garrett Hurley, CPO, CIO
Results of this study support the hypothesis that there is a direct correlation between prosthetic alignment and patient outcomes. Thus, support is provided for the billing of align-able prostheses and appropriately aligned prostheses.
  F25 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F25)
The Relationship Between Limb Motion, Limb Volume, Socket Comfort, and Prosthetic Suspension
Matthew Wernke, PhD
Limb motion inside the socket may provide a clinically relevant tool to quantify and monitor changes in socket fit. The purpose of this study is to understand the relationship between limb motion, limb volume, and socket comfort and how these outcomes are impacted by suspension method.
  F26 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F26)
Clinical Practices to Optimize the Socket Fitting Process
Matthew Wernke, PhD
The socket fitting process can be difficult, but it is vital to the success of the prosthesis. The purpose of this study is to understand how clinical procedures affect limb volume stability in order to optimize the socket fitting procedure.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM   O&P High School Awareness Program
As part of our ongoing career outreach campaign, the Academy has invited Chicago-area high school students to learn more about opportunities in the O&P profession. Students will participate in a hands-on, interactive session where they will be introduced to O&P devices, learn about the education and training required for a career in O&P, and be paired with a current O&P student for a tour of the Exhibit Hall to take a firsthand look at the latest O&P technologies.
10:35 AM - 12:35 PM SE3 Special Event
Changes for the Future on Resident Patient Encounter Tracker
Paul Prusakowski, CPO/L, FAAOP
Sponsored by: NCOPE
Come learn how utilizing OPIE will increase resident/mentor/patient encounter accuracy and accountability. The data received through OPIE will reflect a more accurate and real time picture of what the resident sees in the clinical practice. We will also share a process/template for residency programs that do not utilize OPIE.
10:35 AM - 12:10 PM SE4 Special Event
NU-FlexSIV Socket Course
Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons); Ryan Caldwell, CP/L, FAAOP
Using a combination of lectures and live demonstrations with a patient model, this course will introduce certified prosthetists to the Northwestern University Flexible Sub-Ischial Vacuum (NU-FlexSIV) Socket technique. Course participants will be introduced to the fundamentals, fabrication, and fitting of this sub-ischial socket and vacuum technology. The course is designed for certified prosthetists with experience fitting persons with transfemoral amputation. Development of the NU-FlexSIV Socket was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. Course is limited to 40 attendees.
10:35 AM - 12:10 PM OS9 Organized Session
Challenging Orthotic Case Studies
Michael Carroll, CPO, FAAOP; Elizabeth Peterson, CPO; Gary Bedard, CO, FAAOP; Keith Smith, CO/LO, FAAOP
The challenging orthotic case studies session will feature several orthotic clinical cases and the challenges faced by their treating practitioners.
  OS10 Organized Session
Thematic Poster Session
Matt Wernke, PhD; Justin Pfaff; Brian Kaluf, BSE, CP; Shane Wurdeman, PhD, MSPO, CP, FAAOP; Lee Childers, PhD, MSPO, CP
Join the thematic poster session which will focus on the topic of elevated vacuum. Thematic poster sessions are meant to be more of a townhall forum than a lecture series. Presenters will provide short presentations on material in various areas of elevated vacuum. Questions in the room are directed at other audience members as well as presenters to promote discussion.
10:35 AM - 12:10 PM PD4 Professional Development
Are You Ready for a HIPPA Audit?
Joyce Perrone
We often think we are doing all the right things, but many changes have taken place. Get all the updates and knowledge on what you need to do to assure you aren’t hit with fines, which are crippling to any business. No business, regardless of size, is exempt.
10:35 AM - 12:10 PM CD1 Certificate Programming: Orthotic Management of Infantile Cranial Deformity  (CD1)
Pathophysiology of Cranial Deformities
Tiffany Graham, MSPO, CPO, LPO
Review the pathophysiology of plagiocephaly, brachycephaly, and other cranial deformities.
  CD2 Certificate Programming: Orthotic Management of Infantile Cranial Deformity  (CD2)
Screening and Differential Diagnosis of Cranial Deformities
Tiffany Graham, MSPO, CPO, LPO
Discuss the role of the primary care providers in screening cranial deformities. Discuss the mechanism for differential diagnosis of cranial deformities.
10:35 AM - 12:10 PM F27 Free Papers: General Prosthetics  (F27)
Effective Subject Blinding In P&O Research
Goeran Fiedler
Several methods of subject blinding; e.g., concealing (application of) an intervention, for use in prosthetics and orthotics research are compared.
  F28 Free Papers: General Prosthetics  (F28)
System Group Dynamics and Their Effect on Innovation in O&P
Gerald E. Stark, MSEM, CPO/L, FAAOP
Any new innovation comes with a higher degree of uncertainty and risk. Individuals who are less anxious and risk adverse may tend to adopt innovations more easily than others who regard change with greater uncertainty. This may be especially true in healthcare, where stress is heightened.
  F29 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F29)
Quantification of Rectifications for the Northwestern University Flexible Sub-Ischial Vacuum (NU-FlexSIV) Socket
Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons)
This session become F20A and has been moved to Thursday.
Rectification maps and templates help communicate an important step in the fabrication of the NU-FlexSIV Socket facilitating dissemination of the technique and providing an alternative fabrication option via CAD-CAM and central fabrication.
10:35 AM - 12:10 PM F30 Free Papers: General Prosthetics  (F30)
Online Self-Management Program for People with Limb Loss: Initial Evaluation of the PALS Online Program
Stephen T. Wegener, PhD
Data is presented on the impact of an online self-management program designed to improve outcomes following limb loss.
  F31 Free Papers: General Prosthetics  (F31)
Effectiveness of Augmented Reality Biofeedback in Balance and Gait Applications: A Pilot Study
Jonathan S. Akins, PhD
Augmented reality biofeedback may be a technology to provide telerehabilitation services to patients who do not have access to traditional rehabilitation clinics.
  F32 Free Papers: General Prosthetics  (F32)
Predicting Fall Risk in People with Unilateral Lower-Limb Loss Using a Component Timed-Up-and-Go (cTUG)
Sheila Marie Clemens
The value of the timed-up-and-go (TUG) test as an outcome measure is enhanced when it is administered in a way that examines its component sub-tasks: sit to stand transitions, linear gait, and turning. Significant differences in the performance of each of these components are evident between lower-limb prosthetic users categorized as low or increased fall risk.
11:00 AM - 6:45 PM   Exhibit Hall Open
12:15 PM - 2:00 PM   Lunch in Exhibit Hall with Three Product Display Showcases
12:20 PM - 12:50 PM PDS7 Product Display
Alpha Duo Liner
Sponsored by: WillowWood®
12:55 PM - 1:15 PM PDS8 Product Display
New Advances in the Socket-less Socket
Sponsored by: Martin Bionics
1:20 PM - 1:50 PM PDS9 Product Display
What’s New at Freedom Innovations
Sponsored by: Freedom Innovations
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM OS11 Organized Session
Improving Patient Care with Smart Data
Brian Hafner, PhD; Shane Wurdeman, PhD, MSPO, CP, FAAOP; Jaclyn Meg Sions, PhD, DPT, PT; Jim Wynne, CPO, FAAOP; Rebecca Stine; John Rheinstein, CP, FAAOP(D); Cara Negri, BSME, CP, FAAOP
Sponsored by: The Gait and Lower-Limb Prostehtics Societies
Outcome measures can be a daunting task to take on in your clinic. It may seem time consuming, and you may not be sure about the return on the investment. This symposium will help you select the most appropriate measures for a given client/patient, introduce ways to interpret outcomes to improve clinical practice, and demonstrate value through client/patient examples while demonstrating feasibility.
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM F33 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F33)
A Systematic Review to Determine Post-Amputation Functional Performance Level and Develop a Prosthetic Candidacy Treatment Algorithm
Jason T. Kahle, MSMS, CPO, FAAOP
A clinical treatment pathway for determining prosthetic candidacy was developed. A small number of modifiable factors for exclusion of prosthetic candidacy were identified. Identification of predictive factor would increase and streamline access to prosthetic care for a majority of individuals experiencing limb loss in the United States.
  F34 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F34)
Gait Training Interventions for Lower-Extremity Amputees: A Systematic Literature Review
M. Jason Highsmith, PT, DPT, PhD, CP, FAAOP
Discuss the results of a systematic review of the literature to determine the evidence strength supporting gait training interventions and to formulate empirical evidence statements (EESs) to guide practice and research related to therapeutic gait training for lower-extremity amputees.
  F35 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F35)
Matching Peak GRF by Utilizing Powered Prosthesis
Shawanee Patrick
This presentation details a case study in which a powered prosthesis was used to minimize differences in ground reaction force (GRF) loading.
  F36 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F36)
How Often Do People with Transtibial Amputation Don and Doff Their Prostheses?
Kate Allyn, CPO, FAAOP
Review the results of this study that developed and tested a simple sensor for monitoring when people with transtibial amputation don and doff their prostheses.
  F37 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F37)
Diagnostic Assessment of Limb Fluid Volume Changes in People with Transtibial Amputation: Testing a Clinical Monitoring Tool
Ty Youngblood
The purpose of this research is to evaluate a clinical diagnostic tool for assessing a patient’s limb fluid volume changes and establishing a patient’s fluid volume profile.
  F38 Free Papers: Orthotics  (F38)
Current Practice in Orthotic Treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
Sun Hae Jang, MSc, CO, FAAOP
This study gathered the opinions of experienced spinal orthotists to determine areas of agreement or disagreement regarding orthotic biomechanical correction theory for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. When areas of disagreement were identified, literature was reviewed to identify existing evidence and advance understanding in these areas.
  F39 Free Papers: Orthotics  (F39)
Biomechanical Effects of Adding a Flat Region to Constant Radius Rocker Bottom Shoes
Kyle Barrons, CPO, MSOP
Constant radius rocker bottom shoes (RBS) have been found to reduce ankle pain in persons with talar lesions. However, this shoe was found to be unstable for standing balance. An approach to enhancing the stability of patients using RBS may be to add flat regions in the rocker. This study investigated whether or not flat regions built into the CR-RBS would have an effect on the on ankle kinematics.
  F40 Free Papers: Orthotics  (F40)
Mechanical Properties and Isolated Effects of Ankle-Foot Orthosis Plantar Flexion Resistance, Dorsiflexion Resistance, and Alignment on Hemiparetic Gait in Stroke
Nicholas A. LeCursi, CO
The importance of adjusting AFO mechanical properties to optimize gait in individuals with stroke has been gradually recognized by researchers and clinicians. This paper presents the mechanical properties of a novel articulated AFO with independently adjustable plantar flexion resistance, dorsiflexion resistance, and alignment, and their effect on ankle and knee joint angles, moments, and power in chronic stroke.
  F41 Free Papers: Orthotics  (F41)
Effects of Heel Wedge Properties on Gait with the Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis (IDEO)
Andrea J. Ikeda, CP
Participants walked using an IDEO with six different heel wedges of three heights and two durometers. Changing height and durometer systematically affected loading of the foot and has great potential to improve an individual’s gait.
  F42 Free Papers: Orthotics  (F42)
Clinical Impact of a Tunable Ankle Foot Orthosis on Hemiparetic Gait in Stroke: A Case Study
Beatrice Janka, CPO
Clinicians have increasingly recognized the importance of optimizing mechanical characteristics of orthoses specific to each patient’s needs. This case study presents the clinical approach and outcome of the orthotic treatment of a chronic stroke patient using an AFO that facilitates the independent adjustment of various mechanical characteristics.
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM CD3 Certificate Programming: Orthotic Management of Infantile Cranial Deformity  (CD3)
Cranial Orthoses for Conservative Management
Jessica Corso, CO
Define the principles associated with conservative orthotic management of cranial deformities.
  CD4 Certificate Programming: Orthotic Management of Infantile Cranial Deformity  (CD4)
Cranial Orthoses for Postoperative Management
Darren Poidevin, CPO
Define the principles associated with postoperative orthotic management of cranial deformities.
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM SE5 Special Event
2017: Compliance and ABC Accreditation Best Business Practices
Jim Lawson
Sponsored by ABC
Learn and discuss best business practices and ways to help your facility be compliant with the ABC accreditation standards. We’ll discuss ABC’s extensive set of accreditation tools and resources to help you become and remain the best business you can be.
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM OS12 Organized Session
Prescription Medications for O&P
Michael Fotis, PhD; Christopher Robinson, MS, MBS, CPO, ATC, FAAOP(D)
Every patient seen by a practitioner should have his or her weight and blood pressure taken, be given some form of exercise test, and be asked to provide a list of medications he or she is taking at every visit. O&P practitioners should be more aware of the medications their patients are taking and the effect they have on O&P outcomes. This program will explain common medications and the impact they can have on O&P treatment.
3:35 PM - 5:05 PM F43 Free Papers: Prosthetics – Osseointegration  (F43)
The Osseointegration Group of Australia Accelerated Protocol (OGAAP-1) for Two-Stage Osseointegrated Reconstruction of Amputees
Jason T. Kahle, MSMS, CPO, FAAOP; Dr. Munjed Al Murderis
Osseointegration is a realistic option as a primary and secondary amputation technique for prosthetic attachment of non-dysvascular amputees. This presentation of 53 osseointegration prosthetic attachment users will specifically address the Osseointegration Group of Australia Accelerated Protocol (OGAAP-1) for two-stage ossseointegrated reconstruction of amputees.
  F44 Free Papers: Prosthetics – Osseointegration  (F44)
Post Limb Reconstruction Strategy for Post Traumatic Amputees (OGAAP-2)
Jason T. Kahle, MSMS, CPO, FAAOP; Dr. Munjed Al Murderis
Osseointegration (OI) is a realistic option as a primary and secondary amputation technique for prosthetic attachment of non-dysvascular amputees. This prospective study compared 20 subjects utilizing one OI protocol to 32 utilizing another, more accelerated protocol. The second, more accelerated protocol (OGAAP-2) reduces rehab time and prosthetic use to three months.
  F45 Free Papers: Prosthetics – Osseointegration  (F45)
Safety of Osseointegrated Implants for Transfemoral Amputees: A Multicenter Prospective Cohort Study
Jason T. Kahle, MSMS, CPO, FAAOP; Dr. Munjed Al Murderis
Osseointegration is a safe procedure for the primary and secondary reconstruction of all non-dysvascular amputees. Mild infection and irritation of the soft tissue in the skin penetration area are common and successfully managed with simple measures. Severe infections resulting in septic implant loosening are rare. These findings indicate careful surgical soft tissue handling is essential.
  F46 Free Papers: Prosthetics – Osseointegration  (F46)
Improved Function and QoL Following Osseointegrated Reconstruction of Post-Traumatic Amputees
Jason T. Kahle, MSMS, CPO, FAAOP; Dr. Munjed Al Murderis
In these 32 post-traumatic unilateral transfemoral amputees (TFAs), significant improvements were achieved in all of the outcome measures of health-related quality of life, ambulation ability, and functional levels. These results confirm a suitable alternative for post-traumatic unilateral TFAs experiencing socket-related discomfort, with the potential to reduce recovery time compared to other protocols.
  F47 Free Papers: Prosthetics – Osseointegration  (F47)
A Comparison of Prosthetic Mobility in Amputees with Osseointegration versus Traditional Amputation and Socket
Robert Gailey, PhD, PT
Lower-limb amputees (LLA) with osseointegration prostheses (OIP) were able to demonstrate mobility similar to LLA with traditional socket prostheses as measured by the Timed Up and Go (TUG), and OIP TFA’s PLUS-M perceived mobility were significantly better.
  F48 Free Papers: Prosthetics – Osseointegration  (F48)
Comparison of Balance Outcomes in Amputees with an Osseointegrated versus Traditional Socket Prostheses
Jennifer Lynn Lucarevic, PT, DPT, PhD candidate
People with an osseointegrated prostheses (OIP) have reported a phenomenon called osseoperception, which is an improved ability to identify various sensations through their artificial limb. This study compares balance performance in subjects with OIP and traditional socket prosthesis using a case-control study design.
3:35 PM - 5:05 PM SE6 Special Event
NU-FlexSIV Socket Course
Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons); Ryan Caldwell, CP/L, FAAOP
Using a combination of lectures and live demonstrations with a patient model, this course will introduce certified prosthetists to the Northwestern University Flexible Sub-Ischial Vacuum (NU-FlexSIV) Socket technique. Course participants will be introduced to the fundamentals, fabrication, and fitting of this sub-ischial socket and vacuum technology. The course is designed for certified prosthetists with experience fitting persons with transfemoral amputation. Development of the NU-FlexSIV Socket was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. Course is limited to 40 attendees.
  SE7 Special Event
Future Political Climate for Healthcare
Jared Howell, MS, CPO, FAAOP; Mac McClellan, CPO, FAAOP(D)
Discuss the current political climate as it relates to healthcare and the potential impact on the O&P profession.
3:35 PM - 5:05 PM PD5 Professional Development
Pack Behavior
Russ Hornfisher
Human beings, like wolves, are pack animals. We both live in social organizations that improve our opportunities for survival. Packs and families have many things in common. This program provides an interesting look at the power of social networks to thrive where individuals will parish.
3:35 PM - 5:05 PM CD5 Certificate Programming: Orthotic Management of Infantile Cranial Deformity  (CD5)
Role of the Physical Therapist/Occupational Therapist in the Treatment of Cranial Deformities
Sarah Stewart, PT, DPT, PCS
Discuss the role of physical/occupational therapy for the treatment of cranial deformities (from the physical therapist’s perspective).
  CD6 Certificate Programming: Orthotic Management of Infantile Cranial Deformity  (CD6)
Review of the Evidence
Dulcey Lima, CO
Review the evidence for orthotic management of cranial deformity.
3:35 PM - 5:05 PM OS13 Organized Session
Meet Your Peers - Who Is Working on What You Care About?
Niki Pirouz, MSPO, CPO/LPO; Lee Childers, PhD, MSPO, CP; Chrysta Irolla, MSPO, CPO, LPO; Paul Prusakowski, CPO, FAAOP; Kinsey Herrin, MSPO, CPO; Sam Hale, MSPO, CPO; Brian Kaluf, BSE, CP; Wendy Beattie, CPO, FAAOP; Molly Hill, MSPO, CPO, LPO; Russell Walker, CP, LP, FAAOP; Nick Mata
Ever wish you had more time to ask peers about a challenge you’re facing or perhaps vet a new approach, strategy, or technology? The purpose of this unique, facilitated networking session is to share perspectives about a specific topic with a subset of your peers. Round table discussions feature topics ranging from current clinical treatment challenges to modern developments in O&P practice. Meet your peers, start a new discussion, and continue it throughout the week and beyond.
3:35 PM - 5:05 PM OS14 Organized Session
Team Rehabilitation for Children with Arthrogryposis
Brigid Driscoll, PT, CO; Kaitlin Kieras, MS, OTR/L; Jonathan Heifetz, CPO, LPO
Successfully managing the complex functional issues associated with arthrogryposis requires a comprehensive team approach. This session will address the team rehabilitation approach for caring for children with arthrogryposis. We will address improving the quality of life from the physical therapist, occupational therapist, and orthotist viewpoints.
5:10 PM - 6:45 PM   Break in Exhibit Hall with Three Product Display Showcases
5:10 PM - 5:40 PM PDS10 Product Display
Össur’s Unloader® Hip
Sponsored by: Össur Americas, Inc.
5:45 PM - 6:15 PM PDS11 Product Display
NEW 3-D L.A.S.A.R. Posture For Optimal Prosthetic and Orthotic Alignment
Sponsored by: Ottobock
6:10 PM - 6:45 PM PDS12 Product Display
Superior Composite & Design Principles: The New RUSH™ Foot Collection Product Launch
Sponsored by: RUSH™ Foot
6:45 PM - 7:45 PM   Women in Orthotics & Prosthetics Reception
Join us for a wine and cheese reception sponsored by Townsend Design. Network with colleagues and learn how you can work with the Academy in recruiting and helping women succeed in the O&P profession. This event is open to all Academy members.
    Exhibitors Forum
Time Program Code Saturday, March 4
6:30 AM   Work Out With Us
Join us for your daily workout. Run, walk, or roll any distance and speed with other attendees. The group will leave from the hotel lobby on the dates and times listed above. Water will be provided. Attend any or all sessions.
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM   Registration and Speaker Ready Room Open
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM F49 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F49)
Socket Fit Comfort Helps to Predict Physical Activity Level Among Adults with a Unilateral Transtibial Amputation
Jaclyn Megan Sions, PhD, DPT, PT
This talk explores the impact of socket fit comfort on physical activity; i.e., the number of steps taken per day and the number of minutes spent in low-, medium-, and high-intensity activity, as obtained from an accelerometer. Data from 50 individuals with a unilateral transtibial amputation demonstrate that socket fit comfort is predictive of daily step counts and high-intensity activity minutes.
  F50 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F50)
Self-Report Measures Help Predict Daily Step Counts Among Individuals with a Unilateral Transtibial Amputation
Jaclyn Megan Sions, PhD, DPT, PT
Accelerometers, which provide daily step counts, help to objectively determine the physical activity level of individuals with lower-limb amputations who are utilizing a prosthetic device. Data provided will demonstrate that commonly used self-report measures help to explain physical activity level; i.e., daily step counts, beyond age, gender, time elapsed since the amputation, and comorbidities.
  F51 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F51)
Step Count Accuracy of the Stepwatch and FitBit One Among Individuals with a Unilateral Transtibial Amputation
Elisa Arch
This OPERF-funded study evaluated the step count accuracy of the StepWatch and FitBit activity monitors during forward, linear walking and complex walking and compared monitor step counts during real-world walking. Accuracy during forward walking was excellent. The StepWatch appears more accurate during complex walking. The FitBit consistently counted fewer real-world steps than the StepWatch
  F52 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F52)
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Use in Transtibial Amputations
Sara Peterson, CPO, MBA, FAAOP
Discuss a novel idea to apply neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) to individuals with amputation to gauge the results.
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM PD6 Professional Development
Resume Writing and Interviewing Skills
Charles Kuffel, MSM, CPO, FAAOP; Terri Kuffel, Esq.; Nick Sellas, Cped
Designed for students, residents, and new clinicians, this session focuses on resume writing, interviewing skills, and creating professional networks through social media. This presentation is sponsored by the Student Resident Committee.
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM SE8 Special Event
DME CERT Task Force – The CERT Audit Environment
Michelle Wullstein; Nina Gregory; Michael Hanna; Colleen Harryman
Join the DME CERT Outreach and Education Task Force representatives for a session on the current CERT audit environment. The session will begin with an overview of the CERT process then panelists will turn their attention to the most common CERT errors for orthotic and prosthetic categories. These errors will be paralleled with Medicare requirements so suppliers can have a reference point. There will be plenty of time for questions from the audience at the conclusion of the presentation.
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM OS16 Organized Session
Prosthetic Case Studies
Brian Giavedoni, MBA, CP, LP; Colleen Patricia Coulter, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS; John Rheinstein, CP, FAAOP(D); Gary Berke, CP, FAAOP
See some of the unique cases in our field and ask if you would have done something different.
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM OS15 Organized Session
“Hack” Your Academy Membership—How to Get the Most from the Dues You Pay
Leigh Davis, MSPO, CPO, FAAOP; Katie Johnson, MS, CPO; Kate Allyn, CPO; Michelle J. Hall, MS, CPO, FAAOP(D); Christopher Robinson, MS, MBA, CPO, ATC, FAAOP(D); Sarah Thomas, CPO; Brian Kaluf, BSE, CP
You pay your Academy dues, but what’s in it for you? Learn resources available to you and mechanisms the Academy facilitates on behalf of its members. Get the most out of the State of the Science Program. Boost your expertise with secondary knowledge resources. Catch the best of the Online Learning Center. Expand your social network by volunteering with scientific societies or the Academy governance on your way to becoming a Fellow of the Academy. Tour the new website, and see how the Academy brings the profession to your fingertips.
9:15 AM - 11:30 AM   Exhibit Hall Open
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM   Brunch in Exhibit Hall with Three Product Display Showcases
9:50 AM - 10:20 AM PDS13 Product Display
FusiformCAST: The Fully Digital O&P Solution
Sponsored by: Fusiform Medical Devices
10:25 AM - 10:55 AM PDS14 Product Display
Practical 2-D Video Gait Analysis for Advanced Clinical Care and Outcome Measures
Sponsored by: PnO Data Solutions
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM PDS15 Product Display
LegWorks All-Terrain Knee: The Mechanical Knee—Reinvented
Sponsored by: LegWorks
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM OS17 Organized Session
Outcomes of Dysvascular Partial Foot Amputation
Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons); Michael Dillion, PhD, BPO(Hons)
In this symposium, we will describe the results of a systematic review on the outcomes of dysvascular partial-foot amputation and discuss how this evidence can be used to help patients and clinicians make more informed decisions about amputation surgery.
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM F53 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F53)
Preliminary Evaluation of a Microprocessor Controlled Knee Ankle Prostheses (MKAP) for Above-Knee Amputees
Boris Dauriac
Benefit from a controlled knee and ankle prosthesis compared to a controlled knee and an energy-storing and return foot were evaluated with quantified walking analysis in several daily living situations. This study shows, among others results, an improvement of foot flat period.
  F54 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F54)
Comparative Effectiveness of MPK and NMPK Knees in K2 Transfemoral Amputees
Kenton R. Kaufman, PhD
Learn about a clinical trial that demonstrates when K2 transfemoral amputees receive an MPK (K3 technology), they reduce falls while increasing their physical activity. These improvements result in increased patient satisfaction. Thus, providing advanced MPK prosthetic technology to individuals classified as K2 amputees is defensible.
  F55 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F55)
Initial Findings of User Feedback of Powered Knee-Ankle Intent Recognition Errors
Suzanne B. Finucane, MS, PTA
Use of the Subject Evaluation of Gait Instability (SEG) to quantify the effect of real-time classification errors when transfemoral amputees ambulate with a powered knee-ankle prosthesis.
  F56 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F56)
Differences in Stepping and Functional Level While Using the Genium and C-Leg Microprocessor Knees
M. Jason Highsmith, PT, DPT, PhD, CP, FAAOP
The purpose of this report was to determine if functional level, observational analysis of hill ascent, and multi-directional stepping are improved with Genium relative to C-Leg.
  F57 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F57)
Robust Inclusion of EMG Signals into the Control of Lower-Limb Powered Prostheses
Levi Hargrove, PhD
In this work we demonstrate the effectiveness of using an adaptive pattern recognition to improve the control of powered lower-limb prostheses. The system learns to incorporate EMG signals as the user walks and can adapt to changes in signal quality cause by volume fluctuation, perspiration, electrode liftoff, or excessive movement artifact.
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM PD7 Professional Development
This is Not Your Father’s O&P
Russ Hornfisher
Providing O&P services in today’s medical economy requires a different array of practitioner skills than were needed just ten years ago. RAC audits, improved treatment of diabetic patients, more surgical options to reduce amputations, as well as a variety of other changes in healthcare have changed the use of O&P products and services. This program will look at some of the options to consider in today’s environment.
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CD7 Certificate Programming: Orthotic Management of Infantile Cranial Deformity  (CD7)
Shape Capture Options for the Manufacture of Helmets
Kyle Sherk, MS, CPO, FAAOP
Review the mechanisms used for shape capture for the manufacture of helmets.
  CD8 Certificate Programming: Orthotic Management of Infantile Cranial Deformity  (CD8)
Role of the FDA in the Manufacture of Helmets
Kyle Sherk, MS, CPO, FAAOP
Discuss the role of the FDA for the manufacture of helmets.
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM SE9 Special Event
O&P Advocacy: Effective Strategies for State and Federal Issues
Richard W. Miller, CO, FAAOP; Terri Kuffel, Esq.
Want to help your patients beyond the exam room? Could your State organization benefit from some lessons learned in other regions? How does one go about lobbying Congress, or even your city council for that matter? This interactive session is presented by those who have been engaged for the past several years in achieving passage of O&P Licensure in Minnesota. They have also participated in numerous Policy Forum sessions in Washington D.C. and have effectively addressed other issues that deal with O&P in the political and policy realm. Be prepared to share your successes (and failures) and let’s learn from each other’s experience in the ever-changing political landscape!
1:10 PM - 2:40 PM OS18 Organized Session
Gaining a Therapist’s Perspective to Address Limb Deficiency
J. Chad Duncan, PhD, CPO; Kristi Turner, OT; Tiffany Grunewald, PT
This presentation will address therapies and techniques associated with helping children and adults with limb deficiency achieve successful functional outcomes. This session will focus on the perspectives of the occupational therapist, physical therapist, and physical medicine and rehabilitation physician.
  OS19 Organized Session
Scoliosis: 3-D Biomechanical Correction Theory in Orthotic Treatment for Idiopathic Soliosis
Sun Hae Jang, MSc, CO, FAAOP (Part 1); Grant Wood, CO, MS, BOCP; Miguel Gomez, MD, LO; Rebecca Hurst, PT (Part 2)
Sponsored by: The Spinal Orthotics Society
Part 1: How to Determine 3-D Optimal Biomechanical Correction and Orthotic Designs for Several Typical Idiopathic Scoliosis Case Examples
Part 1 of this organized session will identify biomechanical correction theory based on current 3-D pathological features of idiopathic scoliosis (IS) and detailed mal-alignment patterns in three planes, especially the relationship between sagittal plane patterns and coronal curve patterns. We will then introduce how to determine optimal 3-D orthotic designs for several typical IS case examples (30 min).

Part 2: Comparison of 3-D Corrective Force System and Orthotic Design in the Same Case Scenario of Idiopathic Scoliosis Between Different Idiopathic Scoliosis Orthotic Systems
In part 2 of this organized session, four panelists who use a specific manufacturer’s orthotic system will be given the same IS case scenario and asked to introduce their key corrective force principles, corrective modification methods, and orthotic designs. Each panelist will have 15 minutes to discuss his or her approach (60 min).
1:10 PM - 2:40 PM F58 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F58)
In-vivo Performance of a Fiberglass Dynamic Elastic Response Feet
Kenton R. Kaufman, PhD
Learn about a clinical trial comparing the performance of two types of dynamic elastic response feet: carbon fiber versus fiberglass composite. The results demonstrate increased energy return and greater patient satisfaction when using the fiberglass foot.
  F59 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F59)
Crossover and Energy Storing Prosthetic Feet in Adults with Transtibial Amputation: A Comparative Effectiveness Study
Brian J. Hafner, PhD
This study was conducted to evaluate the relative effectiveness of energy storing and crossover prosthetic feet in adults with transtibial amputation. Outcomes included metabolic energy expenditure, endurance, walking performance, and self-reported mobility, fatigue, balance confidence, activity restrictions, and satisfaction.
  F60 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F60)
Comparing Prosthetic Feet Using Stiffness Profiles
Nicholas D. Womac
Stiffness values were determined over a range of sagittal and coronal foot orientations for 28 different prosthetic feet. The resulting stiffness profiles were used to evaluate how the stiffness varied in both the sagittal and coronal planes as well as how the profiles varied across feet.
  F61 Free Papers: Lower Limb Prosthetics  (F61)
Effect of Shoes on the Mechanical Properties of Prosthetic Feet Utilized in Tropical Countries
Corin Shirley
Prosthetic feet are known to have short lifespans in tropical nations and are not easily replaceable due to a low number of practitioners and funds. This study examines a simple solution to extend that lifespan. Findings suggest that shoes may make a significant difference on the lifespan of the ICRC foot when exposed to a tropical environment and ISO 10328 standard testing.
1:10 PM - 2:40 PM SE10 Special Event
The Future of Big Data for O&P Clinical Practice
Christopher Robinson, MS, MBA, CPO, ATC, FAAOP(D); Paul Pruskowski, CPO, LPO, FAAOP; Michael Oros, CPO, FAAOP; Jim Campbell, PhD, CO, FAAOP; Jim Wynne, CPO, FAAOP
As the business of healthcare continues to evolve, transparency and data-based decision-making are quickly becoming the norm. O&P clinical practices need to recognize the value and significance of leveraging big data for clinical and administrative decisions. Take a glimpse into the future of data-driven healthcare and how clinicians and administrators are using it to positively impact practice.
  SE11 Special Event
Motivational Interviewing Skills (MI) for O&P Practice
Beth H. Garland, PhD; Tyler DeLeo
MI is an empirically-supported goal-oriented approach to communication skills that facilitate and engage the client’s intrinsic motivation to change health behaviors. MI elicits behavior change by helping clients explore and resolve their reluctance or ambivalence. The session provides an introduction to and sample of the value of MI to O&P practice.

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