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Are Custom Made Braces Better Than ‘Off The Shelf’ Braces?

The short answer to this question is: No. Each bracing option is great for different reasons and purposes therefore, one is not better than the other! Now, we know that is probably not the answer you were looking for but let us explain more. Each bracing option has its perks and each one is used... View Article

5 basic stages after amputation surgery. post surgery advice from prosthetic professionals, kawartha prosthetics and orthotics.

What Should I Expect After An Amputation?

We can only imagine how you’re feeling right now. You’re feeling anxious, nervous, and a little concerned about how you’ll tackle daily tasks again with your residual limb and your prosthetics. We want to make this process easier for you by giving you a run-down on what you should expect post-surgery. 5 Basic Stages After Amputation Surgery:... View Article

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How Katie Kalchman went from Student to Clinician

Katie Kalchman, Niagara Prosthetics and Orthotics‘ very own clinician, shares how she started out in the industry – from student to professional. We hope her story inspires those looking or interested in taking part in this diverse industry, take a look at how Katie got to where she is today: “As a university student it can be... View Article

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3 Ways to Prevent Diabetes

What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects the lives of millions around the world.  To understand how diabetes impacts the body, you will  need to understand what role insulin plays in your daily life. What is insulin? Insulin is what gives glucose permission to enter your cells, allowing your body to transform sugar... View Article

one-legged handicap BMX rider Julian Molina warming up with his BMX bike and crutches

The Story of One-legged BMXer: Julian Molina

It is no secret how difficult BMX is, especially on the body. This sport in particular requires an insane amount of resilience, coordination and balance. Most people would assume that this sport is best suited for those who are able-bodied however, Julian Molina has proved us all wrong. Molina can be found cruising around Andes, Colombia,... View Article

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3 Winter Safety Tips for People in Wheelchairs

With winter comes changes – changes in weather, clothing, and even daily routines. Although change is not something we all enjoy, you can’t always escape it, especially if mother nature has full control over it. Now, we know that the transition from fall to winter isn’t always as simple as putting hats and mittens on, some... View Article

Volleyball for people with disabilities with ParaSport Ontario.. This is why Kawartha Prosthetics loves ParaSoirt

Why We Love ParaSport Ontario

ParaSport Ontario helps in providing recreational and competitive sport programs and activities for members of the disability community. Through these programs, ParaSport Ontario encourages active living to improve the physical function and quality of life. Their mission statement speaks to us and because of that, the team at Kawartha Prosthetics and Orthotics are happy to be sharing a blog dedicated... View Article

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The Importance of Proper Footwear

Our feet take us from one place to another. Our feet give us the freedom to jump, run, and dance. Needless to say, we rely heavily on our feet to help us get through the day. Because foot health is not often talked about, many people forget how important it is to take care of our... View Article

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What is Osseointegration?

Established in the 1950s, the term osseointegration was founded by Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark when he discovered the integration ability of human bone and titanium metal. This breakthrough discovery played a large role in his career but an even bigger role in the future of prosthetics. Even now, osseointegration is used to attach artificial limbs to the human skeleton permanently. How does osseointegration... View Article

What I’ve learned over 20 years in Prosthetics & Orthotics

As Certified Orthotist/Prosthetist Amedeo Buri celebrates his 20 year anniversary with us, he takes a look back to where it all started- what has changed, and what has remained the same… July 01,1996. It was my first day of work at Niagara Prosthetics and Orthotics. I started my internship under the supervision of Rob Gabourie,... View Article