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5 Things People Living Their Normal Are Tired of Hearing

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Society has long been biased in favor of "able-bodied", causing many people to be insensitive or hypersensitive when reacting to others’ reality—whether the person is dealing with a visible or invisible disability. 

Man in a wheelchair irritated and tired of hearing patronizing statements.

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Want to Learn a New Sport This Summer? Try Adaptive Cycling

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Summer is the perfect time to get active and spend time outdoors. If you’re looking for new activities to try during this season, you might want to consider learning a new adaptive sport, like adaptive cycling or biking. 

A bilateral above knee amputee learning to ride a hand cycle.

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What You Need to Know About Diabetic Blisters

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

People diagnosed with diabetes need to watch out for skin complications, one of which is diabetic blisters—also called diabetic bullae or bullosis diabeticorum. Diabetic blisters are similar in appearance to burn blisters. They usually occur on the forearms, hands, fingers, legs, feet, or toes and show up in people whose blood sugar levels are out of control. 

A person with diabetes administering his daily foot care regimen.

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All About Prosthetic Liners: Part 3 — Using and Caring For Your Liners

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Now that we’ve discussed the foundation of prosthetic liners—what they’re made of and the different types of suspension systems—we’ll move on to the actual use of prosthetic liners.

A below-knee amputee dons his prosthetic liner before donning his prosthetic leg.

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Why Foot Care is Important for People with Diabetes

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

When you were initially diagnosed with diabetes, your doctor may have immediately followed it up with a reminder to always check your feet. However, what does it mean? Do you have to comply and check every day? 

Amputees with diabetes need to care for their feet to mitigate the risk or even avoid further amputation.

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