Patients with unique needs offer O&P practitioners the opportunity to develop innovative solutions. A well-known example is Ryan Blanck's Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis, which has allowed hundreds of soldiers and veterans to walk and run again and is now being offered to civilians. Prosthetist David Rotter, with Chicago-based Scheck & Siress, designed a unique system, using a caster from a swivel chair, which allowed a quadra-amputee to play golf again. And prosthetist Robert Kuenzi, at the Center for the Intrepid, designed a specialized prosthetic leg that incorporated a pylon with a socket and a Flex-Run foot so that a patient with hip disarticulation could compete in extreme “Tough Mudder” events.

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