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Fourroux's Own Tess Burford a Finalist for O&P Woman of the Year Award!

OPGA Woman of Year Award

One of our own, Tess Burford, was chosen as a Finalist for OPGA's O&P Woman of the Year Award!  Tess

Tess is recognized for representing the best of the O&P profession.  She has made a positive impact with the organizations she is  involved with, her patients and the surrounding community.

All of us at Fourroux couldn't agree more with the choice of Tess for this award.  She is a fantastic person, a great practitioner and we are honored to have her on our team.

Congratulations Tess!

The award will be presented to the winner at a special event during the AOPA Assembly on Wednesday, Sept. 25th in San Diego.

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Click [HERE] for more information on the O&P Woman of the Year Award.

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The Value of a Free Prosthetic Consultation

The decision to choose a prosthetic facility, whether it is your first endeavor or if you find yourself a seasoned amputee looking for a change, is not one to take lightly. Prosthetic care is something that will be needed throughout your lifetime, and utilizing the ability to have a free consultation can help put your nerves at ease and help choose which prosthetic facility is right for you. Not all prosthetic facilities are alike, and they DO NOT all provide the same level of care.

 
 

Introductions

Amputee Consultation at Fourroux Prosthetics

When I go somewhere, I want to look as pretty and normal as anybody.says Fern, a below-knee amputee. “It really seemed like it was the first time that anyone seemed to listen or hear me.

 Your consultion should begin with introductions of yourself, and your family or support individuals to those within the prosthetic facility. In order to get the appropriate care, one needs to build a repore with those who will be providing the service. That repore allows you to get any and all your questions asked and answered, but also allows the prosthetic professionals the ability to provide a long term care plan that helps meet the your immediate needs AND your long term goals.

 
Amputees need to feel comfortable with those who are helping them. They need to understand the process of how the care will be administered, and what is expected of all parties to fullfill that longterm care plan.
 
Take note of the differences in the facilities you visit. The cleanliness of the office. The friendliness of the staff. The technology that is utilized. The timelines of the service being delivered. And maybe most importantly take note in the experiences from other amputees whom have utilized the facilities service.
 
 

Meet Other Patients

Prosthetic Socket Design at Fourroux Prosthetics

Are you being introduced to other amputees during the consultation? Does the facility seem willing to let you talk with other amputees?  Do they have amputee references? Ask to meet other amputees to get a true sense of the level of care that you will receive.
 
It is a lot to take in, especially if you are new to prosthetic care.  But the long term value of those first consulation meetings can be immeasurable in the long run.  Take advantage of it!
 
If you would like to learn more about Fourroux Prosthetics call 888-810-6220, or schedule a FREE Consultation at any one of our locations.  Meet the Fourroux staff, meet other patients and see our world class care facilities in action.
 
See for yourself the Fourroux Difference!  We would be happy to show you around.
 
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Getting Your Prosthesis Made In One Day! Is that Possible?

In addition to the friendly staff and outstanding service that amputee’s receive while visiting Fourroux, one of most shocking benefits in the eyes of our patients is that most receive their new well fitting prosthesis the very same day they have their appointment.

I was blown away at how fast they created my prosthesis.says Peggy, a below-knee amputee. “I went in for my appointment, and left that same day with a new leg that fit fantastic. Now, I can’t imagine having to wait days or weeks for a new prosthesis to be created.

 

CAD Technology Advantage

Prosthetic Socket Design at Fourroux Prosthetics

 

At Fourroux Prosthetics, advanced computer-aided design and manufacturing systems are used to quickly and accurately capture exact replicas of our patients’ limb. Pain free laser scanning captures a 3D computerized image of an amputees’ limb, and an exact model of that patients’ limb is then created using mold carving machines. All this happens in matter of minutes!

Prosthetic technicians then begin creating the prosthetic socket that the amputee will wear. The entire process happens very quickly, and in most instances an amputees’ prosthesis can be completely created and delivered within the same day.
 
One extreme benefit of the entire computer aid design and manufacturing system is its accuracy. Most amputees will tell you that if your prosthesis doesn’t fit well, you will have trouble functioning throughout your day. It can lead to pain, and even sores, to the point where you can’t walk at all.
 
Utilizing this advanced technology eliminates manufacturing inconsistencies which can result in an ill fitting prosthesis. It assists in creating one that exactly matches the shape of your limb, and helps create that intimate fit between you and your prosthesis.
 
One additional benefit is, the less time your prosthetist is spending creating your prosthesis, the more time they will have to get to know you, your lifestyle and your goals. More time is spent together discussing prosthetic usage, and education. Working with you and discussing your long term care plan.
 
At Fourroux Prosthetics we utilize the most advanced methods and technology to create a well fitted, custom prosthesis that is designed with you, your lifestyle and your goals in mind.
 
If you would like to learn more about Fourroux Prosthetics call 888-810-6220, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 
 
We also welcome you to schedule a FREE Consultation at any one of our locations.  Meet the Fourroux staff, meet other patients and see our world class care facilities in action. See for yourself the Fourroux Difference!
 
   

 

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Choosing a Prosthetist

In addition to the friendly staff and outstanding service that amputee’s receive while visiting Fourroux, one of most shocking benefits in the eyes of our patients is that most receive their new well fitting prosthesis the very same day they have their appointment.

I was blown away at how fast they created my prosthesis.says Peggy, a below-knee amputee. “I went in for my appointment, and left that same day with a new leg that fit fantastic.   Now, I can’t imagine having to wait days or weeks for a new prosthesis to be created.

 

CAD Technology Advantage

Prosthetic Socket Design at Fourroux Prosthetics

At Fourroux Prosthetics, advanced computer-aided design and manufacturing systems are used to quickly and accurately capture exact replicas of our patients’ limb. Pain free laser scanning captures a 3D computerized image of an amputees’ limb, and an exact model of that patients’ limb is then created using mold carving machines. All this happens in matter of minutes!

Prosthetic technicians then begin creating the prosthetic socket that the amputee will wear. The entire process happens very quickly, and in most instances an amputees’ prosthesis can be completely created and delivered within the same day.

One extreme benefit of the entire computer aid design and manufacturing system is its accuracy. Most amputees will tell you that if your prosthesis doesn’t fit well, you will have trouble functioning throughout your day. It can lead to pain, and even sores, to the point where you can’t walk at all.

Utilizing this advanced technology eliminates manufacturing inconsistencies which can result in an ill fitting prosthesis. It assists in creating one that exactly matches the shape of your limb, and helps create that intimate fit between you and your prosthesis.

One additional benefit is, the less time your prosthetist is spending creating your prosthesis, the more time they will have to get to know you, your lifestyle and your goals. More time is spent together discussing prosthetic usage, and education. Working with you and discussing your long term care plan.

At Fourroux Prosthetics we utilize the most advanced methods and technology to create a well fitted, custom prosthesis that is designed with you, your lifestyle and your goals in mind.

If you would like to learn more about Fourroux Prosthetics call 888-810-6220, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We also welcome you to schedule a FREE consultation at any one of our locations.  Meet the Fourroux staff, meet other patients and see our world class care facilities in action. See for yourself the Fourroux Difference!

 
 
   

 

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Health Trends See the Need for O&P Professionals

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American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists Study

According to a recent study by the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists (AAOP), there is an increased demand for orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) practitioners due to a number of health trends.

The AAOP study concludes that these O&P practitioner demands are a direct result of the following health trends:

  • An increase in diabetes (15.3 million new cases in the U.S. since 1980)
  • A project increase of heart disease of more than 26% by 2030
  • A 22% increase in obesity since 1960

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(Photo courtesy of AAOP)

Continuing Demand

The AAOP study also sites that this demand will only continue, due to an aging population increase, with 72 million Americans predicted to be in the 65+ age group by 2030. Likewise, within the O&P field, orthotists and prosthetists are aging as well. Almost 25% are 55 years or older and likely to retire in the next 10 years. Creative technologies, in particular, are thought to be fueling this increase in job opportunities. According to Academy President Rick Miller, CO, FAAOP, “As technology has advanced, for example in the areas of STEM and 3D printing, we see O&P professionals leveraging more effective solutions than ever before, yielding more opportunities for their patients.”

If you are interested in a career within the O&P field, contact your local Fourroux Prosthetics office.

For more information about the AAOP, visit: oandp.org

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