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6 Benefits of Starting Your Day with A Walk

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

It might seem too simple to be effective, but a morning walk can do wonders for your health and overall well-being. You can start with a 20-minute walk around the neighborhood or a nature trail if there’s one near you. However, if you don’t have extra time in the morning, you may still have an opportunity to take the long walking route to work after parking your car or getting off the bus.  

It might seem too simple to be effective, but a morning walk can do wonders for your health and overall well-being. You can start with a 20-minute walk around the neighborhood or a nature trail if there’s one near you. However, if you don’t have extra time in the morning, you may still have an opportunity to take the long walking route to work after parking your car or getting off the bus.

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Silipos Silosheath: What It Is and How to Use It

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Prosthetic sheaths are one of the most underrated prosthetic gears you can have at your disposal. Sheaths can reduce friction, wick sweat, and help keep the valves inside a vacuum setup free from lint. If you’re looking for a good prosthetic sheath brand, we recommend the Silosheath line by Silipos. 

A lower limb amputee mannequin showcases the Silipos Silosheath gel sheath which is available at Amputee Store.

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This Prosthetic Leg with Sensory Feedback Can Improve Mobility 

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Would you wear a prosthetic leg that provides sensory feedback? If yes, you may only need to wait a few more years. A breakthrough bionic prosthetic leg was unveiled on September 9 by researchers from Switzerland’s Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. The artificial limb makes it possible for above-the-knee (AK) amputees to “feel” their leg, which results in greater stamina, stability, and mobility.

An above-knee amputee wears a new prosthetic leg that provides sensory feedback and improves stability.

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Prosthetic Socket Alignment: Side to Side

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

A prosthetic leg is a complex system. For it to function well, your entire prosthesis needs to be "balanced." Everything needs to be ideal, including suspension and alignment. In this article, we discuss the alignment of your socket and its relation to the rest of the prosthesis when inspected from side-to-side.

An illustrated below-knee amputee with prosthesis shows how to determine correct socket alignment when inspected from side to side.

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How Today’s Positivity Culture Hurts People with Chronic Illness

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Our culture is saturated with messages to "stay positive." While self-help book authors that advocate optimism have good intentions for spreading the word, happiness and all other light emotions have been positioned as "good emotions." This has led many to shun the dark emotions.

An amputee covers her ears to protect herself from the detrimental effects of today's positivity culture.

 

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