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Practitioner Spotlight: Calvin Hoyle

When it comes to having the right mindset to be a practitioner of prosthetics and orthotics, the most common educational backgrounds are either in sports therapy or engineering. Calvin Hoyle, CP, BOCO spent his early career working as an occupational health engineer at a large chemical plant in Mississippi. After discovering the impact a simple […]

What to Expect: From Surgery to Fitting

Of the nearly 2 million people living with limb loss in the United States, approximately 54% of those individuals lost their limb as a result of a vascular disease, rather than an accident. That means that over half of amputees have time to prepare mentally and physically for the loss prior to surgery. At Excel […]

Leveraging Technology to Better Serve You

At Excel Prosthetics & Orthotics, our bottom line focuses on patient outcomes. When a patient feels comfortable in both the fit and look of their prosthetic, the device is used more and the patient is able to be more active. Our ultimate goal is to help patients return to a certain level of mobility they […]

Practitioner Spotlight: Hank Hinshaw, CPO

In our profession, empathy plays a major role in a successful experience for all of our patients. Our staff and practitioners are exceptional at making patients feel understood and reassured. Hank Hinshaw, CPO has a unique take on how he empathizes with his patients because he, himself, is an amputee.  Experience at an Early Age Excel […]

Common Ways Orthotics Can Help You Live Better

By definition, an orthosis is a device used to correct, accommodate, or enhance the use of a body part. In the case of an orthosis, the body start is still present but may need assistance in functionality or support. The most common orthotic is is a foot orthotic, but there are numerous types of orthotics for upper […]

Practitioner Spotlight: Joel Smith, CPO

For the past 9 years, Joel Smith, CPO has been part of Excels team whose mission is to help patients regain their independence and mobility with prosthetics and orthotics. Currently working out of the Bluefield, Princeton, and Beckley offices, he impacts lives from up to a two-hour radius and enjoys the opportunity to work with […]

Practitioner Spotlight: Chad McCracken, CPO

Chad McCracken did not always aspire to become a Certified Prosthetist-Orthotist. In fact, he owes his career in the field to his sister. “I was introduced to the world of prosthetics and orthotics by my sister who is a physical therapist,” says McCracken. “She thought that the mix of  my schooling, the requirements needed, and […]

3 Common Injuries for Amputees

Getting acclimated with your new prosthetic can be a process. After your initial rounds of rehabilitation, it’s up to you to maintain your mobility and keep your prosthetic working correctly for you. While we work with experts to help you learn how to manage your new limb, you can still be prone to injury if […]

Dealing with Phantom Limb Syndrome

Amputees have many challenges to overcome. The loss of a limb can be life-changing, to say the least. One struggle some amputees face is called Phantom Limb. This scientific mystery can be painful and scary for amputees. Thankfully, there are many resources to help them find relief. What Is Phantom Limb Phantom Limb is the […]

Exercise After Amputation

Returning to your normal level of activity after an amputation can sometimes feel like an impossible task. However, with the right prosthetic device, guidance from your doctor, and persistence, anyone can get back to the quality of life they desire. The Importance of Exercise After an Amputation It’s important to take time to heal, but […]