LIMA — New technology has allowed Lima Brace & Limb to go to the next level, said Kirk Wise, owner and certified prosthetist orthotist.
For 63 years, the orthotic and prosthetic company has provided the region with medical devices from diabetic shoes to orthoses.
“My favorite thing about my job is helping people get back on their feet,” said Wise. “Because I’m a local and community-type business, we are able to give a lot of perks to our patients that bigger corporations can’t or won’t do.”
Financial assistance is what Wise said sets his business apart.
“If someone came in and doesn’t have finances to finance a leg, we have donated parts that we can put together a prosthetic for someone who does not have the finances or health insurance,” said Wise. “For very limited funds, we will go ahead and make something for them that will work.”
Patients with a doctor referral and prescription can schedule an appointment at Lima Brace & Limb to be evaluated by Wise.
Wise and his team will then begin the fabrication process of the required medical device in the in-house lab. The process typically takes about two weeks. Once the item is finished, the patient comes in for a fitting.
Lima Brace and Limb now offers newer and lightweight materials, which makes it easier for clients to use.
Another new technology is digital 3-D foot orthotics. A client’s feet are scanned and 3-D insoles are printed. Also, the company offers same-day custom foot orthotics.
“It’s not for everyone, but it’s something that someone may like because they don’t have to wait two weeks to get a foot insert for their shoe.”
Through his business Wise hopes that he can continue to make a difference for those in need to provide them with a sense of purpose and independence.
“We want to be able to improve a person’s lifestyle by helping them walk through the grocery instead of using a wheelchair,” said Wise. “Our goal is to help provide more independence and mobility.”
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