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Raptor Mask The new and improved protection mask for athletes designed to give you an edge on the field. What we do Learn More Our team Learn More About 8sole Training Coming Soon Raptor Mask Training Coming Soon Piro AFO/SMO Training Coming Soon Training Events Learn More Blogs Learn More Official Podcast Learn More News Foot Orthotics Learn More Learn More Protective Face Mask Learn More Pediatric AFO / SMO Learn More Protective Orthosis Our Products Order Online Custom Made Raptor mask Whether you're passionate about football, hockey, basketball or handball; we have the perfect mask for your sport. Custom designed by our team of professional athletes and designers to fit 100% uniquely on each person's face. The Ultimate Sports Protection Mask Raptor was created as protection during injury recovery periods in post-surgery states like facial fractures/breaks (including nose), collisions with an opponent where one may suffer concussions resulting from blows to head etc., preventing future injuries whilst playing contact sports which require great skill levels such football American football Gaelic Football, Hockey, Lacrosse Rugby Union You train. You sweat, and when the time for competition arrives you focus all of your energy into leaving everything out on that field in order to win--even if it means sacrificing yourself after sustaining an injury which could've been prevented with just a little more care beforehand! But now there's this new 3D printed Raptor Mask: The Most Advanced Face Protective Masks For Sports That Will Enable You To Return Quickly & Without Compromises The new Raptor Mask has been put through its paces, with dozens of prototypes created and tested. The strength is maximized while protecting the user's delicate face from harm! Strong The lightweight and breathable design of the mask is perfect for comfort. Light as a Feather Your Raptor mask is designed to fit comfortably and securely, without interrupting your field of vision. Unobstructive Samuel Ward Hockey Player for Great Britain Listen to an athlete who uses Raptor Mask Get back to your game. Find the nearest Raptor provider today and get your very own sports protection mask. Get started today Contact
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- Unveiling the perfect fit: A guide to choosing the right prosthetic socket
Globally, it is estimated that over 1 million people each year experience a major amputation. In the UK alone, it has been reported that there are 9000 amputations per year, the majority of which are caused by diabetes. Any amputation is a devastating and life changing incident that takes time to adapt to. It causes a reduction in mobility, independence, and the ability to complete daily activities will be reduced. Many people may struggle with this change in body image and lifestyle. The advancement in prosthetic technology over the past two decades has been driven largely by the amputees’ demand. These advances in prosthetic components are allowing amputees more freedom, stability, and the ability to reach their full rehabilitation potential. However, even with the most advanced technology, the amputee will be reliant on comfort of their socket. This is the portion of the prosthesis that interfaces with the residual limb which allows the amputee to control the prosthesis, and it is this interface which has to be comfortable and well fitting. Even with the greatest skill and care of the prosthetist, there will be days when the socket does not fit well or feels uncomfortable. As the components have developed so too have the materials used to manufacture the socket, and these designs and materials have the ability to greatly improve the connection between the socket and the residual limb. A prosthesis has a crucial role in providing you with the means to get back to the activities you enjoy and allow some sense of independence and normality. The socket will need to be changed frequently particularly in the early days. There are different methods of suspension, liners and socket materials. Socket materials can be plastic, lamination, carbon fibre and now the socket can be 3D printed. A 3D printed socket is the prosthetic revolution sockets have been waiting for. The Augo is a new generation of 3D printed custom-made sockets that set a new standard in prosthetic care. Everyone’s circumstances and needs are different which is why our three Augo 3D printed transtibial sockets are individually designed through cutting-edge technology to 100% suit your condition. Standard Augo Standard is designed using two unique materials and a soft brim for improved comfort. Comfort Augo Comfort is designed using two unique materials and soft inner cushions for maximum comfort. Control Augo Control is designed using two unique materials, a soft inner layer and an adjustable volume for maximum comfort. All are compatible with your favourite locks and suspensions. How to choose the right prosthetic socket for you? Consider the activities you want to do Everyone has different priorities. You might want a limb that provides the latest technology and allows for safety and stumble prevention. You may want to be able to run or play with your children in the park or the swimming pool that requires a waterproof limb. You may love to exercise and go cycling or rowing, or you may just want to be able to make a cup of tea or walk into a restaurant with your family. You may want to restore your bodies image and wear those high heels or have a tattoo on your prosthesis. As you and your prosthetist choose your components and prosthesis, the socket you choose must also fit your priorities. Level of amputation The prosthesis you choose will depend in part on the level of the amputation. There are multiple choices because there is no single device that is best for every person. For example, a leg amputation above the knee will require different components to an amputation below the knee. Sock material and design The socket is the area where the prosthetic and your body connect, so it is very important the correct design and material is made for comfort and functionality. Make sure there ability to easily control and adjust the fit of the socket to suit specific needs – allowing movement and giving you peace of mind to get on with everyday life. Work with a trusted prosthetist It’s important you find the right prosthetist. Trust and experience are a huge factor when it comes down to this. You’ll develop a long-term relationship with your prosthetist, and once you leave hospital this will be the person who you have most contact with regarding your prosthesis. Choose a prosthetist you can easily get to as you’ll be making a number of trips to their clinic. After you’ve done this, check the company’s and prosthetist’s credentials, get feedback, reviews, and get some questions together to ask them, so you feel confident that they will meet your specific needs. The cost Choosing a prosthesis can be a daunting experience as it can turn out costly because every prosthesis is unique to the individual. Final costs can be varied, so it is important you seek the right information by booking an appointment with a trusted prosthetist to find the best solution for you. Once you’ve spoken about your needs, the prosthetist will be able to form an idea of the possible ways they’ll be able to help you and give you an indication of their costs, including conditions of warranty and guarantee. Augo is the 3D prosthetics revolution you’ve been waiting for when it comes to prosthetic sockets. A new generation of 3D printed custom-made sockets, enabled by cutting-edge technology, sleek design, smart engineering, and the unique combination of two materials. Key features of Augo: Light We use a patent-pending solution to ensure incredible strength while keeping weight to a minimum. Extreme strength The socket is bench and mechanically tested for extraordinary performance. Unparalleled comfort A unique two material design unlike any other, with 3D matrix we create a new level of comfort. With the rising number of amputees, the need for prosthetic sockets is now more prevalent than ever. The advancement of technology within the prosthetics industry means that each individual can be catered for, whatever their needs. Start with Augo. The most advanced prosthetic socket yet.
- What do we know about sagittal plane stiffness of AFOs?
Following the recent publication of the paper “Comparison of Sagittal Plane Stiffness of Nonarticulated Pediatric Ankle-Foot Orthoses Designed to be Rigid” by Fatone et al I wanted to share a summary of what the article tells us. As clinicians prescribing orthoses, the stiffness is vitally important for our prescriptions to achieve their goals. Understanding what we are trying to control allows us to choose materials that will exert an external force onto a person and influence a particular movement pattern. Link to paper When prescribing orthoses what do we take into consideration before we can think about material stiffness? Diagnosis, age, weight, range of motion, muscle tone and what we want the orthosis to do. The materials available to us have evolved over time from traditional leather or metal orthoses to homo and copolymers, silicone, dynamic elastomeric fabrics, carbon composites and now nylons because we can 3D print. The take home points from the paper are; All AFOs will deform to some extent under sufficient load Rigid AFOs are designed to resist peak plantarflexion and dorsiflexion loads Comparison of AFO stiffness between USA and UK manufacturers to establish thresholds for AFO-FC algorithms 9 AFOs were used (image 1). 6 from the UK and 3 from the USA. All made from polypropylene of varying thickness (3-5mm) for patients with cerebral palsy or spina bifida. 2 USA AFOs in design B and 1 design C. UK AFOs 2 represented in all 3 design categories: Design A – fixed ankle free MTPJs Design B – fixed ankle with fixed MTPJs Design C – Fixed ankle, fixed MTPJs and anterior tibial shell Various unique design features for each AFO are described in table 1 (see paper) Overall UK AFOs were found to be stiffer than the USA AFOs, with comparable stiffnesses in design group B What does this mean? This is the baseline data required for creating further evidence about stiffness characteristics of paediatric AFOs. It would be great to see if future papers can tell us about variation in stiffness between different materials and thicknesses. Additionally, what certain design features like ribs, carbon inserts, trimline design and materials contribute to AFO stiffness and how much. This would allow us to more accurately design our AFO prescriptions. Furthermore, the authors suggest that further investigation into AFO stiffness in other planes at the ankle and at other joints is a logical next step. What does this mean in relation to 3D Printing? The clear benefits of 3D printing show us that we can create the same prescription with less weight and less material in much more environmentally friendly way and create more aesthetically acceptable designs. Piro is not just an AFO, but a digital workflow that allows the clinician to be in complete control of the design. The end result is an elegant orthosis.
- What is Overpronation? Find Out How Insoles Can Help
You might not have heard of overpronation, but it can cause orthotic insoles to be necessary for certain people. Knowing what overpronation means is tough enough, but knowing the cause and how to fix it is even tougher. The first thing that many people don't know about overpronation is that it's not just something that happens in runners; a lot of non-runners experience it too. Here are some of the basics surrounding overpronation: Properly aligning your foot during the course of a walk or run can reduce pain and other medical problems, including arch collapse. This is often accomplished with shoe inserts that correct overpronation by only profiting medial-compressed feet, not by correcting general alignment. Installing a high-quality insole into your footwear can improve overpronation and provide better alignment. A quality insole should have an arch which is the same as your feet, to help with pain relief. What is overpronation? In everyday life, we walk and run upright on hard surfaces, which causes the foot to supinate (instead of pronate) slightly. Overpronation occurs when one or both feet roll inward excessively during these steps – about 60% of people have this motion more than they need to in order to function properly. Overpronation often happens when the foot rolls inward before pushing off, and when this occurs at different points of stride there is a loss of efficiency in every step taken. Basic Foot Biomechanics To understand overpronation, you need to know what happens to your foot when you take a step. We have broken down the process step-by-step: The heel strike is on the outside of your heel. Your foot rolls inwards, towards the toes. The body weight starts at the heel and goes over to the outside of your foot before moving forward. When you overpronate, your feet roll inward. This makes it less likely for shock to be distributed efficiently and can lead to back and foot pain. A good pair of shoes with insoles are designed to help absorb this excess force so that the foot is more stable as it hits the ground. When your foot moves, your ankle, knee and hip also turn. Push-off should happen when your second toe is on the ground behind you. It is not good if you keep your feet inside of your shoes. This is overpronation. Overpronation is when your foot flattens, your toes turn outwards and the surrounding muscles are overworked. The arch of your foot is important. If the arch flattens, it puts pressure on the heel and causes fatigue. It also makes your foot slide forward in your shoe. When the toes point outward, it is no longer stable. You can't walk forward as well when your toes are turned out. The inward roll of the ankle, knee and hip can cause you to feel pain. Especially if you are on your feet all day. One way to reduce overpronation, which can lead to excessive wear on joints and muscles, is with motion control shoes. Support under the calcaneal shelf will help you maintain a more even stride for efficient running and enjoyable walking. How to tell if you are an overpronator Pronation is not always obvious- most people take their way of walking and running for granted. You can always consult with a foot and ankle specialist to figure out if you have this common condition, but there are ways you can tell at home as well. Knowing your arch height helps figure out if you are over pronation. If you have a flat foot and flexible arches, then you are an overpronator. First, it’s important to know if the shoes you're wearing for running or walking contribute to your pronation or provide relief. You can easily check this by looking at the arches of the shoe. The negative effects of overpronation. If you overpronate, there are a few different problems that can develop. They range from minor to uncomfortable and include: Arch Collapse - When your arch collapses, your foot slides forward in your shoe. This can lead to contact with the inside of the shoe and cause problems like friction and blistering. When you hike, this can cause toes to hit shoes or socks and that can make black toe nails happen as well as making it uncomfortable. Plantar Fasciitis - Constant elongation of the arch in your feet puts stress on your plantar fascia, a connective tissue located at the bottom of your foot. Inefficiency - can be damaging to your joints. Upsets in alignment cause an imbalance, which can lead to injuries in those areas Pain in the Kinetic Chain - A kinetic chain is a series of joints affected by one motion. Rolling your foot can twist other joints like your ankle, knee, and hip. They might not work as well because this happens. Then you feel pain or overuse injuries. How do I correct overpronation? To correct overpronation, you may need to use a shoe with lots of support. This is easier than it sounds. You can also find the right pair of shoes for your needs easily. You can also get insoles that will help your feet with this problem if needed. Not so long ago, the primary goal of a running shoe was to maximize overcorrections in stride for excessive pronators but now running shoes have shifted to improving comfort and reducing injury. What are the best overpronation insoles? Pronation is the inward movement of the foot from a straight position. Firm arch support, whether it be custom orthotics or non-prescription insoles can help with alignment. You have two choices to consider - get custom orthotics or purchase overpronation orthotic insoles. Take a look at the circumstances that might make one option better than the other: Custom orthotics - are usually necessary only if you have complicated clinical symptoms. Non-prescription insoles - When you buy insoles, beware of over-the-counter options. Some don't provide enough support for your feet and they can be uncomfortable and ineffective. Overpronation is a common condition that occurs when the foot rolls inwards too far, which can cause pain and instability. Custom orthotics or insoles are often prescribed to correct overpronation because they redistribute pressure evenly underfoot, providing comfort for your feet while also reducing shock-load on other parts of the body such as knees and back. If you’re interested in learning more about how custom made orthotics can help with overpronation, contact us today! We offer free consultations so we can get some information from you before designing an orthotic just for you.
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