Advanced Prosthetics & Orthotics - April 2020

April 2020

We Want to Help You Reconnect With the Activities and Communities That Make You Happy

Back in January, Brittany and I were fortunate enough to attend the Nordic Ski and Biathlon Clinic on behalf of Kormylo Advanced Prosthetics & Orthotics. We worked with the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) assisting athletes of all ages with repairs or adjustments they might need for their prostheses. We learned that most, if not all, the skiers who were in prostheses needed adjustments to move in their skis properly. They couldn’t get any traction if their foot wasn’t set a certain way. We were able to help a lot of people and learned even more that weekend. When CAF began a chapter in Boise last year, I was excited about the opportunities Advanced Prosthetics & Orthotics would have to serve the community alongside them. I grew up in Boise and worked at Kormylo before I bought it not too long ago. The Treasure Valley has been my community for 32 years. I want to do whatever I can to help our clients flourish within it. Besides CAF, we’ve had the chance to partner with a few other local organizations with missions to help amputees and disadvantaged groups around Boise. A few months ago, we joined forces with the St. Luke’s Elks Amputees support group. It’s a place where amputees can meet with one another for group exercises and to learn about different community resources, activities, and opportunities. While the support group meetings have unfortunately been canceled through May 31 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, meetings will hopefully resume after that at their regularly scheduled time and date, 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month. Many of our patients are also military veterans, which is why we are highlighting Mission 43. Mission 43 is a local organization that helps current members of our armed forces as well as veterans transition from the military back into civilian life. We’re one of Mission 43’s civilian supporters, and we’ve made a point of familiarizing ourselves with the resources they could provide

for some of our patients. They host events every month around

the city to help military members and their families connect with communities, potential employers, and one another. If

you’re interested in upcoming opportunities to connect with other members of our community, or to help Mission 43 in any way, then visit their website at Many events may have been canceled because of the COVID-19 outbreak, so make sure to contact Mission 43 through their website to learn which events and opportunities are still happening.

Ultimately, we want our office to be a place where patients can learn about how they can connect to the Treasure Valley community. We give our patients a multitude of options to find activities they love and people they enjoy being around. Even if you just have questions about living day to day with a prosthesis, we can connect you with another one of our patients. We don’t want our patients to just get by in the Treasure Valley community — we want them to thrive and pursue a truly fulfilling life. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Advanced Prosthetics & Orthotics has been deemed an essential business, and we are currently open for appointments. If you need to schedule an appointment to come in, or you just need someone to talk to during this season of social distancing, then we are here to help. Check out our website, our Facebook page, or our Instagram for more information!

– Stephanie McDonald

“The Treasure Valley has been my community for my 32 years. I want to do whatever I can to help our clients flourish within it.”

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As we mentioned on the cover of our newsletter, our offices have been deemed an essential business and will remain open at this time. With that said, we are taking various measures to ensure our office remains safe and sanitary, and we ask that everyone abide by a few guidelines if they have an upcoming appointment. If you have an appointment scheduled but you are sick, then please notify us by phone, and we will be happy to reschedule your appointment. Watch out for the symptoms of acute respiratory illness, which include a fever (100.4 degrees or higher, as indicated by an oral thermometer), cough, and shortness of breath. Please wait until at least 24 hours after your symptoms disappear before coming in for an appointment. Please do not arrive early for your appointment. We want to minimize the number of people in our facilities at one time. We also ask that you bring no more than one visitor with you to your appointment. If you must bring more than one visitor,then please let us know beforehand so we can accommodate you. When you’re here, please wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean them with sanitizer that is 60%–95% alcohol. We provide both of these at our facilities. Please also cough or sneeze into a tissue. If you don’t have a tissue, then please cough into your upper sleeve. Dispose of all tissues into one of our no-touch waste containers. We ask that you avoid touching your face after touching contaminated objects or touching objects after contaminating your hands. It’s a lot to remember, but if we can all abide by these rules, then we’ll ensure an environment that is safe and healthy for everyone. We are keeping up to date on the latest info and directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and will let you know if our current situation changes. Until then, please call our Help Us Keep Our Workspace Safe and Healthy! OUR COMMITMENT TO PATIENT CARE AND SAFETY


Stay Connected With These Helpful Resources

Due to the growing concerns about COVID-19, getting the resources you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle is more challenging. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) request for social distancing makes it harder to get food and maintain social norms. So, to help maintain your well-being in these uncertain times, here are a few resources that will make getting food and keeping tabs on your family a breeze. Food Delivery Because COVID-19 is easily transmitted, getting food at a grocery store is riskier. If you don’t prefer mobile apps like Postmates or Instacart, local food kitchens, municipalities, and senior centers may offer food delivery. Using a delivery service limits the number of people you interact with to the delivery person. For an added measure of safety, put a note on delivery instructions requesting they leave the bags at the door. If you have trusted family or friends nearby, reach out to them. They can pick up what you need when they’re already getting groceries, which is especially convenient if you don’t want to deal with mobile apps. Regardless of your method, you should become familiar with getting food delivered because you don’t know how long the situation will last. Social Media Utilizing social media is a great way to keep in contact with your loved ones. Facebook is very popular with older people — 1 out of 3 older adults already uses the platform because it’s easy to use. Facebook and other social media platforms can help you stay connected with friends, family, and groups of people with similar interests to avoid feeling so isolated at home. You can also continue to share photos and videos so you don’t miss a day in your loved ones’ lives. Video chat apps like Skype, Zoom, and Apple FaceTime enable you to have those essential face-to-face conversations when you can’t be with other people. If you’re unfamiliar with the applications, they are easy to download for free on your phone or computer, and they allow you to see and verbally chat if you have a webcam and microphone. (If you use a phone or laptop, this equipment is already built-in.) A video chat app also lets you be a part of important life moments like birthdays and anniversaries if a shelter-in- place order prevents you from celebrating in person.

regular office number at 208-377-4024 if you need anything. If it is after regular business hours, then you will be transferred to our after hour call

service. They notify us of any messages and we will be sure to return your call

promptly. If for any reason you cannot get through to us or your call has not been returned, call 208-985-5190.

Ensure you’re up to date on the best ways to keep you and your family safe during these uncertain times by visiting for more information.


The Other Half of the Battle

Be Honest About Negative Thoughts While positive thinking is certainly an important part of getting through any challenging situation, doing so without first acknowledging that you may feel frustrated, sad, or bitter will only suppress those feelings. Talking to your support network about negative thoughts or emotions you’re experiencing is an essential part of the healing process. You don’t have to pretend like everything is okay. Get Rid of an Unhelpful Habit There’s a good chance you have habits that hurt your mental and emotional well-being more than they help. For example, you might spend too much time on social media or news feeds and experience bouts of anxiety as a result. We all know which habits lead to negative thoughts or feelings, and we can all benefit from changing them. It takes 40 days to change a habit and 90 days to foster a new one, so don’t be disappointed if you can’t get rid of that harmful habit right away — just keep working at it The world can seem like a scary place right now, full of panic and uncertainty. You don’t have to pretend like everything is okay, but that doesn’t mean you have to give in to despair, either. Advanced Prosthetics & Orthotics is still open at this time, and we have staff available in house or over the phone. We’ll get through this together.

While plenty of habits, procedures,

and exercises help amputees improve their

physical well-being, it's important not to forget mental and emotional health too. No one should let their mental and emotional health fall by the wayside, especially after something

as taxing as an amputation. So, as you work diligently toward better physical health with a physician or CPO, here are a few ways to help your mind.

Find Your Support Network When you’re isolated, it’s easy to become trapped in negative thoughts. No one is around to snap you out of it. That’s why it’s important to find people who understand what you’re going through and spend time with them regularly. While it might be hard to find opportunities to gather right now with many support groups canceling their in-person meetings, you can still give our office a call if you need someone to talk to.




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4 medium zucchini

Salt, to taste

3 medjool dates, pitted and softened in warm water for 5 minutes 3 1/2 tbsp creamy, unsweetened almond butter

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3 tbsp coconut aminos 3 tbsp pure sesame oil

3/4 tsp fresh ginger, grated 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar 3 scallions, thinly sliced 1/4 cup chopped almonds


1. If you have a spiralizer, use it to cut zucchini into noodles. Otherwise, use a peeler. Salt zucchini. Allow zucchini to “sweat” out water for 1 hour, wrap in a paper towel, and squeeze the water out. 2. In a food processor, blend dates with almond butter and aminos until smooth. 3. Add sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and vinegar and pulse until sauce is smooth. 4. In a pan, sauté zucchini noodles until heated and slightly softened. 5. Toss zucchini noodles with prepared sauce and top with scallions and almonds.

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4 Laughter Yoga’s Rise as a Global Health Movement

Laugh With Me! A Lighthearted Approach to Decreasing Stress

We’ve all heard that laughter is the best medicine, and it turns out that human

Parkgoers, who were initially skeptical, joined in on the practice, and the first laughter yoga club was born.

physiology supports this claim. When we laugh, our body releases a flood of feel-good chemicals and neurotransmitters. Our blood flow increases, and our production of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress, decreases. Oh, and laughing also burns calories!

The laughter meetup had everyone in high spirits — until the group ran out of jokes. Unsure of what to do next, Kataria found another medical book suggesting the group didn’t need jokes to laugh. Fake laughter is just as beneficial as the real thing because the body can’t tell the difference between the two. Collaborating with this wife, Madhuri, Kataria combined common yoga warmups and breathing techniques with facilitated laughter to create the form of laughter yoga that is practiced worldwide today. If you’re interested in trying laughter yoga for yourself, then you’re in luck. Laughter yoga clubs exist across the United States and the world. Videos on YouTube can teach the basics, but laughter yoga tends to be most beneficial in a group setting. Just think about the last time you found yourself in a fit of giggles with a group of friends or during a comedy show. Didn’t it feel great? Rather than wait for a silly situation to trigger laughter, use laughter yoga to promote laughter and alleviate stress on any day at any time.

The feel-good, endorphin-inducing benefits of laughter are exactly what

prompted Dr. Madan Kataria to develop laughter yoga in 1995. Laughter yoga incorporates breathing, stretching, clapping, and of course, laughing.

Kataria developed the initial idea after coming across research into the benefits of laughter on overall health and well-being. He began to put the research into practice by telling jokes to his patients, and after seeing the positive effects, he took his material to a local park.


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