How to Help Your Child Adjust to Their Prosthesis

No parent ever imagines that they would have to help their child adjust to life without one of their limbs. Unfortunately, sometimes parents have no other choice. Children who are born with congenital condition or need amputation as a result of illness or trauma will need the support of their family members to help them […]

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Practitioner Spotlight: Richard Spice, C.Ped, CFo

Many people take walking comfortably for granted. At Excel Prosthetics & Orthotics, we’re dedicated to keeping our patients walking with comfort by offering custom orthotics and diabetic shoes. Meet Richard Spice, Pedorthist and Custom Orthotic Fitter Richard Spice, C.Ped, CFo is our go to guy for all things custom foot orthotics. He joined the Excel […]

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Caring for Your Residual Limb During Cold Weather

Winter is coming, and that means that you’ll need to care for your residual limb differently than you do in warm weather. As anyone who uses a prosthetic device knows, you have special considerations that people without prosthetics simply can’t relate to. Stay ahead of the game with these tips to care for your residual […]

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Inspiring Athletes and their Prosthetic Journeys

The 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan, are coming up in a few months, and athletes with disabilities and prosthetics in more than twenty sports are busy preparing for a chance of a lifetime: to compete on the world stage. Now with more than 20 sports represented at the Paralympics, from sprinting to table tennis, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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