General Resource Guide
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
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
Amputee Coalition of America (ACA)
Through advocacy, support, and education; ACA provides, quality
care, appropriate devices, reimbursement, and the services required
to lead empowered lives.
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)
Founded in 1912, E.D.W. Dorrance manufactured the first split hook
design because he was dissatisfied with the terminal devices available.
Hosmer Dorrance Co. offers a full line of upper and lower body extremity
devices and services.
O&P Global Resource for Prosthetics
Information, products and services, news and articles, a place to
ask questions, comprehensive resources for consumers and professionals
in the O&P field
Otto Bock Orthopedic
Otto Bock Orthopedic Health Care, a leading international prosthetic/orthotic
manufacturer, is the developer of the C-Leg® System, the world's
first completely computer-controlled artificial leg for amputees.
To provide amputees with the closest thing to natural movement of
the artificial leg, the high tech prosthesis utilizes the same advanced
technology the military uses to improve stability and performance
of its aircraft.
Activankle and Swimankle prosthetic ankle joints for
swimming, snow skiing, jet skiing, and rowing.
TRS Prosthetics Research, Design &
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.