man with prosthesis rounding base during softball game

Orthotics and Prosthetics

Orthotic devices and prosthetic limbs and (O&P) have been around long before "assistive technology" became a household term. Possibly the most stigmatized life-enhancing tools, O&Ps have made all the difference between doing and not doing. Technically speaking, O&P devices have developed from slightly more than cosmetic, to hydraulic, computerized, state-of-the-art masterpieces. We are now seeing 3-D printers being used to create an unlimited number of orthotics at a fraction of the cost.

Today persons with amputations or limb abnormalities can enjoy a steady gait, driving (with or without steering wheel grips or pedal-extenders), skiing and water sports, dancing, gardening, hiking, lifting their children, and leading full, productive lives.


Following are resources we hope you find particularly useful:

Amputee Coalition of America (ACA)
Through advocacy, support, and education; ACA provides resources, support groups, advocacy and awareness for amputees and their families.


Enabling the Future
Volunteers using 3D printing to create prostheses


Foot Health Foundation of America (FHFA)
The FHFA is a registered non-profit organization established to increase nationwide awareness and understanding of foot and ankle health, including information about orthotic use, diabetic foot problems, and general podiatric health.


Hosmer Dorrance Co. (part of The Fillauer Companies)
Hosmer Dorrance Co. offers a full line of upper and lower body prosthetic and orthotic products.

O&P Global Resource for Prosthetics and Orthotics
Information about and links to prosthetic and orthotic products.


Otto Bock 
Manufactures prostheses, braces and orthoses, children's wheelchairs, cushions and accessories.


TRS Prosthetics Research, Design & Manufacturing
Formed in 1979, by upper limb amputee Bob Radocy, TRS is known for high performance, body-powered prosthetics, as well as an extensive line of specialized sports prosthetics.