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4 Holy-Grail Prosthetic Skincare Products You Need

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

While trying out new skincare products can be fun, more often than not, sticking with what has worked best for you (and for many others) is best for your overall well-being and your bank account. This is especially true when it comes to prosthetic skincare. 
The four holy grail prosthetic skincare products you should add to your regimen.

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Do Blade Prostheses Give Amputee Runners an Advantage?

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Underneath the resilience and perseverance shown by world-class adaptive athletes is an ongoing debate about their “unfair advantage,” which has prevented some athletes from competing. Do carbon-fiber prostheses give adaptive athletes an advantage over their non-amputee competitors? Are they capable of running faster and performing better because of their prostheses?

An amputee runner wears his blade prosthesis.

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How to Deal with Excessive Sweating

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Sweating is natural; it's the body's way of regulating temperature. When our body's temperature is high, it sweats through our skin to cool down. However, when you wear a prosthesis, part of your skin or "radiator" is covered, which then disrupts this natural process and creates skin issues. A prosthesis prevents sweat from completely evaporating—a crucial step in cooling down. 

Below-knee amputee sweating excessively while running on a trail.

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An Overview of Prosthetic Foot Technology

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

There is more to the prosthetic foot than meets the eye. Its first iteration appeared in the 1500s, albeit it had a fixed ankle position. The first modern prosthetic foot—capable of flexion and heel strike—didn’t arrive until the 1950s. This was when manufacturers started taking inspiration from the anatomical functions of the human foot to create better, more natural prosthetic feet. 

The various pivotal designs of the prosthetic foot throughout history.

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A Beginner's Guide to Amputee Running: Improving Running Form

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Your running posture is important because it could affect your running efficiency. Your head should be held high and centered between your shoulders. Your back should be straight, and your gaze trained straight ahead. Relax your jaw and neck. 

Illustrated amputee runners working on their prosthetic running form with gait training exercises.

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