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Past Activities at Reach

Past Activities at Reach Apr. 2017 It was a great day on April, 15th when Reach OPS hosted the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team Doubleheader Games.  Over 600 people attended the games where the WWAST played against the Newport News Police and Fire Departments. Mar. 2017 Reach OPS was featured in O&P Almanac Magazine for setting high standards […]

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Why is Carbon Used for Bracing?

by John Robb, CPO An ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) is a support or brace used to help control the position and motion of the ankle and foot. AFOs can help compensate for weakness, allow injuries to heal, or correct and prevent deformities. They are most used with patients suffering from neurological or orthopedic conditions such as […]

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My Doctor has prescribed an ankle foot orthosis for drop foot. Will I still be able to wear my regular shoes?

My Doctor has prescribed an ankle foot orthosis for drop foot. Will I still be able to wear my regular shoes?

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This is my first time flying since my amputation. What do I need to know?

I loved going to amusement parks before my amputation. Am I still able to ride on the rides with a prosthesis?

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What is the best way to have success with my new prosthesis?

I am a new amputee. What is the best way to have success with my new prosthesis?

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How do I need to care for my feet now that I have been diagnosed with diabetes?

I have just been diagnosed with diabetes and I have heard that my feet are at risk. How do I need to care for my feet now that I have been diagnosed with diabetes?

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Am I still able to ride amusement park rides with a prosthesis?

I loved going to amusement parks before my amputation. Am I still able to ride on the rides with a prosthesis?

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How does a leg prosthesis work? Why are some metal rods while others look like real legs?

How does a leg prosthesis work? What does it look like? Why are some metal rods while others look like real legs?

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Is there anything that can help with excessive perspiration when using my prosthesis?

With summer approaching I am having my usual problems with sweating, liner sloping, and being so hot from the leg. Is there anything that can help with this? A.B. – Newport News

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Will my insurance pay for the new prosthesis I need?

I am facing an above the knee amputation and have heard that my insurance company may put restrictions of the kind of prosthesis I will get. Is there anything I can do about this?

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