Howard: Custom Orthotics & Quality of Life



Are you recovering from a recent injury or surgical procedure? Do you notice yourmuscles feeling painful or achy throughout the day? Are you livingwith a chronic condition that causes

to assist in your recovery. Your CPO can also put together a rehabilitation program that specifically addresses your needs, focusing on helping you recover as quickly as possible. Thismay include strength and range of motion exercises, in addition to your custom device. 2. Preventing injuries. Custom orthotic and prosthetic devices can help aid you in avoiding injury by allowing your body to move more freely and comfortably. Your CPO can also teach you several different exercises you can do with your custom device to make sure the affected area is still maintaining strength and function. If you’re recovering from a surgical procedure, your CPO will help you learn to maneuver with your new device in new ways that will help you stay active while reducing the chance of falls and injury during your recovery. (continued inside)

Roger Howard, CPO, Director

constant discomfort? Whatever the case may be, customorthoticsmay be just what you need tomaneuver your daily lifemore comfortably. At Howard Orthotics and Prosthetics, our trained CPOs can evaluate your needs to determine if an orthotic or prosthetic device would be the best course of action for you. Some of the many benefits of adding an orthosis or prosthesis into your life include: 1. Speeding up recovery. If you’ve already had surgery, or if you have suffered from an injury, a custom device can be created


(continued from outside) 3. Improving physical activity. Orthotic and prosthetic devices can help youmove in ways you may have thought were lost. Your CPO can help you enhance your performance and give you advice the proper forms and techniques of movement with your new device. If you are looking to get back into the activities you love, it is likely that a custom orthosis or prosthesis can help you achieve that. You and your CPO will work together to create a treatment plan that will help you reach your goals, and he or she will assist you in increasing your strength, endurance, and flexibility with your new custom device. 4. Potentially avoiding surgery. In some cases, a custom orthotic may help you avoid an invasive surgical procedure altogether. With surgery, you always run the risk of blood clots, infection, and a lengthy recovery time. Fortunately, it is possible that an orthotic device can correct a problem without the need for surgery at all. Your CPO can also provide you with targeted therapeutic exercises that will help your body speed up its natural healing process. While surgery is sometimes unavoidable, it’s almost always better to eliminate the need for an invasive procedure if the problem can be treated with a custom device. Are you interested in learning more about how a custom orthotic or prosthetic device could improve your quality of life? Contact Howard Orthotics and Prosthetics today to schedule a consultation and get started on the best course of treatment for your specific needs!

Try this simple exercise to help you feel better... Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing. EXERCISE ESSENTIALS STRAIGHT LEG RAISE - INNER RANGE Sit on the ground with your legs stretched out in front of you. Support yourself by placing your hands behind your hips. Bend your uninvolved knee to 90 degrees, foot flat on the ground. Keeping your knee straight, lift your foot about 10 inches off the ground. Gently lower your foot back to the ground.

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INGREDIENTS • 1 cauliflower head, cut into florets • 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas • 5 garlic cloves, peeled • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • 1 tsp ground cumin • 1/2 tsp salt • 1/8 tsp paprika • 2 medium Yukon gold potatoes, peeled & cubed

For Garnish • Reserved roasted cauliflower mix

• 1/4 tsp black pepper • 4 cups vegetable broth • 1 cup water • 1/2 cup heavy cream

• Red pepper flakes • Fresh thyme leaves • Heavy cream

INSTRUCTIONS Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. On a baking sheet, toss cauliflower florets, chickpeas and garlic cloves with 3 tbsp of olive oil and cumin, salt and paprika. Roast in the oven for 30 min, stirring once half way through. Remove from oven and set aside. Reserve about 1/2 cup for the garnish. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in large pot over medium heat. Add cubed potatoes and black pepper. Cook for 2 min, stirring frequently. Add vegetable broth and water and increase heat to bring mixture to a boil. Once boiling, turn heat down to simmer for about 15-20 min until potatoes are very soft. Remove pot from the heat and stir in roasted cauliflower mix. Puree the soup using an immersion blender, food processor, or blender, working in batches if necessary. Return pureed soup to the stovetop and gently re-warm it. Stir in heavy cream. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with reserved roasted cauliflower mix, red pepper flakes, fresh thyme leaves and drizzle of heavy cream.




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